Song Lyric Sunday — I Feel Good

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams is getting all touchy-feely on us by giving us the theme of “touch” and “feel.” Well, I feel good about my choice, which is James Brown’s “I Got You) I Feel Good.”

“I Got You (I Feel Good) was a song by the American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer, and bandleader, James Brown. It was first recorded for the album Out of Sight and then released in an alternate take as a single in 1965. The song was Brown’s highest charting song, reaching number 3 on the Billboard hot 100 and number 1 on the R&B charts in 1965. It became Brown’s signature song and gave him his famous catch phrase, “I Feel Good.”

Brown was the progenitor of a genre of music that become known as “funk.” He was often referred to as the “Godfather of Soul” and “Soul Brother No. 1.”

The song is about a man exulting in how good he feels (“nice, like sugar and spice”) now that he is with the one he loves. It’s a great example of a funk song with lyrics. It’s not poetry, but Brown’s series of single-syllable words are accented to hit the beats and support the song’s rhythm.

When I was in college at the University of Maryland, whenever James Brown performed at the Howard Theater in Washington, DC, I’d go to see his shows. He was an amazing performer who set the stage for a whole generation of black musicians and performers.

Here are the lyrics to the song.

Wo! I feel good, I knew that I would, now
I feel good, I knew that I would, now
So good, so good, I got you

Wo! I feel nice, like sugar and spice
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
So nice, so nice, I got you

When I hold you in my arms
I know that I can do no wrong
and when I hold you in my arms
My love won’t do you no harm

and I feel nice, like sugar and spice
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
So nice, so nice, I got you

When I hold you in my arms
I know that I can’t do no wrong
and when I hold you in my arms
My love can’t do me no harm

and I feel nice, like sugar and spice
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
So nice, so nice, well I got you

Wo! I feel good, I knew that I would, now
I feel good, I knew that I would
So good, so good, ’cause I got you
So good, so good, ’cause I got you
So good, so good, ’cause I got you

Hey! Oh yeah-a…

21 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — I Feel Good

  1. newepicauthor March 29, 2020 / 7:34 am

    I would bet that you got funky while you were watching those James Brown concerts at the Howard Theater. Nice music Fandango, so good!

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  2. Lisa Coleman March 29, 2020 / 8:09 am

    Perfect!!! He still had it even as he aged! Got me moving out of my chair! Thanks, I needed the exercise. 🙂

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong March 29, 2020 / 10:34 am

    So what about “I feel good (dum de dum dum) in a special (riff)
    I’m in love and it’s a sunny day …

    Liked by 1 person

  4. leigha66 March 29, 2020 / 10:18 pm

    Good pick this week… can’t sit still when this is playing.

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  5. aisasami March 30, 2020 / 2:54 am

    James Brown is such a legend! I love his songs.

    Are you from the DC region or you just attended the University of Maryland? My parents live in southern Maryland (and that is my defacto residency as I am an American in Japan). I went to University of Maryland for a year for a class and didn’t like it. My aunt and uncle went there too in the 80s and 90s.

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    • Fandango March 30, 2020 / 10:24 am

      I was raised in the DC suburbs, but left in the early 80s.

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