Cold Sweat

James Brown

About Cold Sweat

"Cold Sweat" is a song performed by James Brown and written with his bandleader Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis. Brown recorded it in May 1967. An edited version of "Cold Sweat" released as a two-part single on King Records was a No. 1 R&B hit, and reached number seven on the Pop Singles chart. The complete recording, over 7 minutes long, was included on an album of the same name. Brown's lyrics describe how his woman's affections make him "break out in a cold sweat." In 2016 James Brown's "Cold Sweat" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  


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I don't care ha! about your past
I just want ho! our love to last Dee
I don't care darlin' about your faults huh
I just want to satisfy your pulse


When you kiss me
When you mess me
Hold my hand
Make me understand

I break out, in a cold sweat

Ho! Uh! Ho!

I don't care about your wants
I just want to ha! tell ya about the does and don'ts
I don't care about the way you treat me darlin' ha!
I just want huh! to understand me honey


When you kiss me
And ya miss me
You hold me tight
Make everything all right

I break out in a cold sweat heh!

Mercy on me
C'mon now
Put it, put it where it's at now
Let him have it

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James Brown

James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist. He is the originator of funk music and is a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance. more »

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12 facts about this song

Posterity Impact
The song "Cold Sweat" released in 1967 by James Brown is considered one of the first funk songs to have a significant impact on modern music.
Chart Topper
It reached number-one on the R&B chart and was also a top-ten Pop hit, demonstrating Brown's crossover appeal.
Song Structure
"Cold Sweat" is notable for its innovative structure. Instead of the standard verse-chorus-verse-bridge format, the song consists of multiple two-bar riffs, which was completely different from the traditional song format.
Legendary Performance
The song is remembered for James Brown’s intense and powerful performance, underlining his title as the 'Godfather of Soul'.
Signature Style
The song exhibits what would become Brown's signature style: complex, danceable rhythms punctuated by horn stabs and his own declarative vocals.
Innovative Approach
"Cold Sweat" is part of a series of recordings by James Brown that redefined African American music.
Musical Recognition
The song is recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time, securing its place in music history.
Album Success
"Cold Sweat" was the lead-off title track of Brown's 1967 album 'Cold Sweat,' which also became highly popular.
Unique Technique
Brown's revolutionary approach to songwriting, which is showcased in "Cold Sweat," emphasizes rhythm and feel over melody and harmony.
Induction into Grammy Hall of Fame
In 2001, the song “Cold Sweat” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, solidifying its standing as one of James Brown’s most important recordings.
Collaborative Creation
The song was written by James Brown and his legendary bandleader Alfred 'Pee Wee' Ellis.
Lyrical Innovation
Interestingly, the lyrics of "Cold Sweat" are based on Dizzy Gillespie's "I Want to Blow My Horn," which make it an instrumental representation of an earlier jazz era.

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