I Gotcha

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"I Gotcha" is a song by Joe Tex. He originally intended for the song to be recorded by King Floyd, but Floyd never recorded it. Instead, Tex recorded it himself in the late 1960s but did not release it at that time. He decided to re-record the song in late 1971 and released it as the B-side of "A Mother's Prayer", the first single off his 1972 album that was also titled I Gotcha. The song I Gotcha has the singer demanding physical affection from a woman because he claims she promised she would get together with him when she broke up with her boyfriend. Radio DJs ended up playing the B-side more than the A-side. This would result in Tex having his first major hit in five years as "I Gotcha" eventually peaked at Number 1 on the R&B chart and Number 2 on the Pop chart for two weeks, behind "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack and would sell around three million copies. Billboard ranked it as the No. 6 song of 1972. Tex would later re-record "I Gotcha" again, this time in more of a ballad-style, for inclusion on his 1978 album Rub Down. Like other Tex songs, "I Gotcha" has been sampled in various hip hop and R&B songs over the years. Liza Minnelli performed the number at her 1972 television concert Liza with a Z. It is also featured in the official soundtrack to the Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs. A shorter version of it played in Kermit's Swamp Years when Willson the pet store owner took Croaker and Kermit to George Washington High School. 


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1978
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I gotcha, uh huh, huh
You thought I didn't see ya now, didn't ya, uh huh, huh
You tried to sneak by me now, didn't ya, uh huh, huh
Now gimme what you promised me, give it here
Come on

Hey

Good God

Hey

Hey

You promised me the day that you quit your boyfriend
I'd be the next one to ease on in
You promised me it would be just us two, yeah
I'd be the only man kissin' on you, yeah
Now, kiss me
Hold it a long time, hold it
Don't turn it a-loose, now hold it
A little bit longer, now hold it
Come on

Hold it
Hold it
Hold it
Hold it
Now ease up on me now, good god
Hey

Good God
Hey

The girl's alright, y'all
Ha ha

Good God

You made me a promise and you're gonna stick to it
You shouldn't have promised if you weren't gonna do it
You saw me and ran in another direction
I'll teach you to play with my affection
Now, give it here

You never should've promised to me, give it here
Don't hold back, now give it here
Don't say nothin', just give it here
Come on, give it here

Give it here
Give it here
Give it here
Give it to me, now

Good God

Hey

I gotcha
Shouldn't made a promise to me
I gotcha

You never should've promised to me, gotcha
Give it on, here
I gotcha

You thought you got away from me, didn't ya?
I gotcha
Ha ha ha
Oh, I gotcha

Give it on up, I gotcha
Give it on here, I gotcha

You tried to sneak by me, now didn't ya?
Ha ha
I gotcha
Oh, I gotcha

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Joe Tex

Joseph Arrington, Jr. (August 8, 1935– August 13, 1982), better known as "Joe Tex", was an American musician who gained success in the 1960s and 1970s with his brand of Southern soul, which mixed the styles of country, gospel and rhythm and blues. more »

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