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James Brown performs "There Was a Time". Live at the Apollo Theater. March 1968. from James Brown: There Was A Time (Live at the Apollo Theater)

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James Brown performs "There Was A Time"--Live at the Apollo Theater in New York City, March 1968. James Brown: Man to Man was a concert film recorded live at the Apollo Theater. It was broadcast as an hour-long syndicated television special and is one of the first color recordings of James Brown.
"There Was a Time" was written by James Brown and recorded in July 1967 during a live performance at the Apollo Theater in a medley with "Let Yourself Go" and "I Feel All Right", and was first released November 1967 in edited form as the B-side of the single "I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)". The song charted #3 R&B and #36 Pop.

Video transcript:

[Instrumental Music]

James Brown: Don't guess why over what you're doing. Don't guess why baby over what you're doing. If I keep loving you my life would be ruined. I tell you, I'm hip on your running round
Good God, hip to your running round but do you know one thing I'm gonna put you down. Oh, get it together. Get it together. Get it together. Get it together. Brand new bag baby, you said you want, give me a brand new bag but you, you were just jiving. You wanted a drag. You ducked out of school baby before you got it down. Do you hear me? You ducked out of school before you got it down. Now you ain't hip. You're the biggest fool in town. Oh, get it together. Get it together. Get it together. Get it together. Get it together.

[Instrumental Music]

James Brown: I wanna do. Let me tell about this a little bit. Let me tell about this little bit. You may dance good. You may have fast feet. You may dance good. You may have fast feet. But no. You may have fast feet but you ain't hip. Your business is in the street. Maceo, I want you to blow now the car. Come on, come on. Oh come on. All right now I'm ready. I'm ready. I'm ready. Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down. Don't play so much. Don't be so mean, no.

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