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(oo) What you want
(oo) Baby, I got it
(oo) What you need
(oo) Do you know I got it
(oo) All I'm askin'
(oo) Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Hey baby (just a little bitno) when you get home
(just a little bit) mister (just a little bit)

I ain't gonna do you wrong while you're gone
Ain't gonna do you wrong (oo) 'cause I don't wanna (oo)
All I'm askin' (oo)
Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)
Hey Baby (just a little bit) when you get home (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)

I'm about to give you all of my money
And all I'm askin' in return, honey
Is to give me my propers
When you get home (just a, just a, just a, just a)
Yeah baby (just a, just a, just a, just a)
When you get home (just a little bit)
Yeah (just a little bit)

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Ooo, your kisses (oo)
Sweeter than honey (oo)
And guess what? (oo)
So is my money (oo)
All I want you to do (oo) for me
Is give it to me when you get home (re, re, re ,re)
Yeah baby (re, re, re ,re)
Whip it to me (respect, just a little bit)
When you get home, now (just a little bit)

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take care, TCB

Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me,
Sock it to me, sock it to me)
A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me,
Sock it to me, sock it to me)
Whoa, babe (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)
I get tired (just a little bit)
Keep on tryin' (just a little bit)
You're runnin' out of foolin' (just a little bit)
And I ain't lyin' (just a little bit)
(re, re, re, re) 'spect
When you come home (re, re, re ,re)
Or you might walk in (respect, just a little bit)
And find out I'm gone (just a little bit)
I got to have (just a little bit)
A little respect (just a little bit)



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    margorieMay 1, 2008 at 2:12 pm
    when I first heard this song it had a huge impact on me. I was in the middle of an abusive relationship with my cat, and it made me realise what respect really was. I wasnt getting the respect I needed from Derek. It had to stop. We went through counselling for several months, but unfortunately, it was not successful. One night, when listening to this song, it all got too much. I was sitting there, tired from making Derek a 3 course meal, when i thought: "this cannot go on". So i got up and left. I have finally managed to remake my life, but the fact that I had the courage to leave was entirely due to this song.
    Thank you, Aretha Franklin, thank you.
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    MrsmayfeildJan 7, 2009 at 9:07 pm
    R-E-S-P-E-C-T IS WHAT ALL WEMON NEED NO MATER WHAT AGE IF YOU DONT SHOW ME RESPECT YOULL BE DEAD AN GONE IN 1 SCEOND
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    Father-TedMay 8, 2008 at 8:31 am
    Ah ha! And yet another victim of this unbelieveable suffering! Dont worry, dog-lover. What is your name if i may ask? I can tell you how much me and margorie understand. Yes i think it would be a great idea that we all met up. Would you like to be invovled in this chat line? i would love i hear your ideas on it. And how tramatic this time was for you. Just to let we are always here to talk, we've all been through the same thing. Maybe we could get some anwers for this animal cruelty towards that humans. Please may i mangle your brains and get some views out? nice to hear from you.
    Thank you dog lover, thank you
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    margorieMay 8, 2008 at 8:28 am
    hello all,
    surely there has been scientific research into this? more and more peopel seem to be joining this discussion? Welcome, dog-lover. It's certainly very intersting to see the growing numbers of people suffering under the power of their animals. I'm quite busy for the next couple of weeks, but i'm free after that. Perhaps the 28th may? are you both free?
    Fater ted, that must be terrible being so fearful. I have overcome my fears and now run a cat sanctuary, but i do keep them in straight jackets just in case a repeat of the Dereck incident were to happen. It's a terrible way to live.
    So i hope we'll all meet face to face, I am truly looking forward to it!
    Thank you all, thank you.
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    dog-loverMay 8, 2008 at 8:17 am
    finally, i have met someone who shares my pain. My dog vicously savaged me, and made me spend my pension on manicures for him. It was a tough couple of years, but I pulled through. I could really do with some support? i hear you are meeting up, perhaps I could join you? I live down south but im sure I can travel up, anything to meet some people who have been in the same unusual situation as myself. It wasnt actually this song which made me change, but I feel music had brought us togehter.
    Thank you Aretha, thank you.
    Thank you morgorie, thank you.
    Thank you, father ted, thank you.

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