Song Lyric Sunday | “Give It Away” – Chi Lites

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is Give/Get/Take/Receive/Send.

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Released in 1969 on the Brunswick label, Give It Away is the debut album by American soul group The Chi-Lites.

Seven of the album’s eleven songs are originals, including the title cut. It reached #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on R&B chart, making it the group’s first top ten hit.

 

FUN FACTS

    • Four of the songs on Give It Away were Motown standards and one was a song made popular by Johnny Mathis, The Twelfth of Never.
    •  Led by lead singer, Eugene Record, the Chi-Lites scored eleven Top Ten R&B hits from 1969 to 1974.
    • The group was formed at Hyde Park High School in Chicago in the late 1950s as the “Chanteurs”. The original members were Eugene Record, Robert “Squirrel” Lester, and Clarence Johnson. This quartet introduced themselves at the Hyde Park High School “Senior Varieties” talent show. They later recruited Marshall Thompson and Creadel “Red” Jones from the Desideros to form the Hi-lites.  Noting that the name Hi-lites was already in use and wanting to honor their home town they changed their name to “The Chi-Lites” in 1964.
    • Eugene Record was the musical group’s sole songwriter and lead singer. Record never collaborated with members outside his singing group.

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for Nesie’s Place!

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

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Give It Away

by Chi Lites

Songwriters: Clifford Smith / Collin W. York / Lynford Marshall

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Give it away
Ooh, hoo, give it away
Give it away
Ooh, hoo, give it away
What’s the sense in giving you love
When you’re gonna give it away
Oh, yeah [Give it away]
And what’s sense in giving you kisses
When you’re gonna give it away
Oh, yeah [Give it away]
You say you have nothing to live for
Baby, baby, I’m here knockin? at your door
Give it away, it?s all right (You can do what you wanna)
Give it away, it?s all right (?Cause I know you’re gonna)
Give it away, give it away
What’s the sense in having my love
When I’m gonna give it to you [Give it away]
Give it straight to you, baby [Give it away]
And I don’t mean maybe
What’s sense denying I love you
When you’re mad and I’m proud of you [Give it away]
Oh, yeah [Give it away]
Baby, love was made for two
I know, I know, I know it?s meant for me and you
Give it away, it?s all right (You can do what you wanna)
Give it away, it?s all right (?Cause I know you’re gonna)
Give it away, give it away
I love you no matter what you do
Baby, baby, baby, baby
Ah… ah… ah… ah… ah…
It’s alright
It’s alright
Baby, love was made for two
I know, I know, I know it?s meant for me and you
Oh, what’s the sense in having my love [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
When I’m gonna give it to you
And what’s sense in giving you kisses [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
When it’s you I’m gonna be missin’
And what’s sense in giving you honey [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
When you’re takin’ away my money
Oh, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
Yeah, yeah
What’s the sense in giving you love [Ooh, hoo, give it away]
What’s the sense in giving you money

 

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7 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Give It Away” – Chi Lites

  1. “The original members were Eugene Record, Robert “Squirrel” Lester, and Clarence Johnson. This quartet…” I only see 3 members? First time hearing this one, but it has that sound of the times that is easy listening and groovy.

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  2. aisasami says:

    Sorry for the lateness! It has been a while since I heard the Chi-Lites. I think some of their songs were covered by Japanese artists before. I love the Motown sound, so nice choice!

    Like

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