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Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and for composing the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Super Fly, Mayfield is highly regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music. He was also a multi-instrumentalist who played the guitar, bass, piano, saxophone, and drums. Mayfield is a winner of both the Grammy Legend Award (in 1994) and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (in 1995), and he was a double inductee into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted as a member of The Impressions into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame i… more »


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Walking around the happiest place in the world
But all I do is wonder if your hair's still curled 
South of Brownsville, Texas south of Miami Beach 
But all it means to me is that you're further out of reach
Everywhere is sand and sun blue sky, water too 
I need you 

The Spanish moss is hanging and you find a polished stone 
You pocket it for luck and then you walk on alone 
They'll rent you a bicycle with the tires blown 
They'll cook you up a blackened fish and strip it to the bone 
A slave ship just came in 
I been talking to the crew 
I need you 

In that house Hemingway is boxing in the back 
I go down to the library and check out all the facts 
Nowadays it's hard to write a line my own thoughts bore me 
I found me an island kid who says he'll do it for me 
I'm wiping all my tears away so no one has a clue 
That I need you 

The last plane out of Saigon did not know that it was
Every man in prison thinks he's locked up for a cause
I need something to do my violin needs to sound 
I'm gonna see if Ernest wants to go a couple rounds
Sometimes you get lost and you find something new
I need you

Some bird's flapping in the road on some crazy madman's string 
Something's messed up with his wing something's messed up with my Everything

So here's the truth at last I tell you 
Hemingway is dead 
And everybody wants to find a steak that's slightly red
I thought I could escape myself by just not getting dressed 
I thought I could escape you by coming to Key West 
Sometimes you get lost and you don't find something new 
I need you

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