Oh, Aretha Franklin, mystery solved! For all the many years that I’ve heard this amazing song, I thought the lyric was “take out the T-C-P”, which I thought you meant to remove that from the spelling of “RESPECT”, leaving “RESE”, or maybe “SEER”. I could never figure it out, Aretha Franklin. But it’s “Take care, TCB”. You just wanted him to take care of business. Lord, Aretha Franklin, how embarrassing. I also thought it said “We’re runnin’ out of food” instead of “you’re running out of fools”. I thought y’all were low on groceries. So yeah. I’m not very good at paying attention to lyrics, Aretha Franklin. I understand if you have no respect for me, but I have SOOOO much respect for you. Thanks for socking it to me all these years.
Radio 83, side A, track 10: “Respect” by Aretha Franklin