The Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There

It doesn’t get better than this. I was very fortunate to see Mavis Staple a couple of years ago open up for Bob Dylan.
The song peaked at #1 in the Billboard 100, #20 in the UK, and #21 in Canada. The song was released in 1972 on Stax Records.

From Songfacts.

Stax Records vice-president Al Bell (born Avertis Isabell) wrote this after attending the funeral of his little brother, who was shot to death. Says Bell: “I went out in the backyard in my father’s home. He had an old school bus there parked that was not running. I went back there and sat on the hood of that bus thinking about all that was happening. And all of a sudden, I hear this music in my head. And I heard these lyrics: ‘I know a place, ain’t nobody worried, ain’t nobody crying, and ain’t no smiling faces lying to the races, I’ll take you there.’ I heard it, and I heard the music. And it wouldn’t leave, it stayed there. kept trying to write other verses, but I couldn’t. Nothing worked – there was nothing left to say.”

“Ill Take You There”

Oh mmm I know a place 
Ain’t nobody cryin’ 
Ain’t nobody worried 
Ain’t no smilin’ faces 
Mmm, no no 
Lyin’ to the races 
Help me, come on, come on 
Somebody, help me now (I’ll take you there) 
Help me, ya’all (I’ll take you there) 
Help me now (I’ll take you there) 
Oh! (I’ll take you there) 
Oh! Oh! Mercy! (I’ll take you there) 
Oh, let me take you there (I’ll take you there) 
Oh-oh! Let me take you there! (I’ll take you there) 
Play your, play your piano now 
All right Ah do it do it 
Come on now 
Play on it, play on it 
Daddy daddy daddy 
Ooh, Lord 
All right now 
Baby, easy now 
Now, come on, little lady 
All right 
Dum-dum-dum-dum 
Sock it, sock it 
Ah, oh, oh! 
I know a place, ya’all (I’ll take you there) 
Ain’t nobody cryin’ (I’ll take you there) 
Ain’t nobody worried (I’ll take you there) 
No smilin’ faces (I’ll take you there) 
Uh-uh (Lyin’ to the races) (I’ll take you there) 
Oh, no Oh! (I’ll take you there) 
Oh oh oh! (I’ll take you there) 
Mercy now! (I’ll take you there) 
I’m callin’ callin’ callin’ mercy (I’ll take you there) 
Mercy mercy! (I’ll take you there) 
Let me (I’ll take you there) 
Oh oh! I’ll take you there (I’ll take you there) 
Oh oh oh oh Wanna take you there! (I’ll take you there) Just take me by the hand 
Let me (I’ll take you there) 
Let me, let me, let me lead the way 
Oh! (I’ll take you there) 
Let me take you there (I’ll take you there) 
Let me take you there! (I’ll take you there) 
Ain’t no smilin’ faces (I’ll take you there) 
Up in here, lyin’ to the races (I’ll take you there) 
You oughta, you gotta gotta come let me, let me (I’ll take you there) 
Take you, take you, take you over there (I’ll take you there) Ooh! Oh! Oh! All right (I’ll take you there) 
Oh-oh! All right! (I’ll take you there) 
Oh! Oh! (I’ll take you there) 
Mmmm ah Oh! Yeah! (I’ll take you there) 
Whoa! (I’ll take you there) 
Let me lead the way (I’ll take you there)

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

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