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R.E.S.P.E.C.T (find out what it means to me)

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DancingRat
691908.  Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:57 am Reply with quote

Last night the subject of this song and the meaning of its Hooks lyrics came up. A look on the interwebs came up with the lyrics;

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

...And that TCB may have stood for Taking Care of Business, but that didn't sit right with some as it would make the lyric "Take care, Taking Care of Business" which is patent nonsense with no real meaning to my mind. the argument raged on into the night some asserting that the actual lyrics were more akin to;

R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Find out what it means to me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Take out TCP.

...and that there was some hidden meaning in which one could indeed find out what respect meant to the singer. Either way the meaning isn't clear to us. So I thought I would ask you all what your thoughts are on this subject.

What theories have you got?

 
Posital
692016.  Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:13 pm Reply with quote

"Take out, TCB" makes more sense.

Taking care of business might be perceived as disrespectful if you're not the proper person to take care of that particular business.

Although TCP - could refer to "The Coloured People"...

What does "take out TT" mean in more recent versions?


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MinervaMoon
692023.  Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:22 pm Reply with quote

It's "take care, TCB": "take care of business".

 
Posital
692024.  Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:25 pm Reply with quote

But why "take care, take care of business"?

Wasn't this meant to be a response to Otis Redding?

Otis wrote:
Hey little girl, you're sweeter than honey
And I am about to give you all my money

But all I want you to do
Just give it, give it
Respect when I come home

 
MinervaMoon
692035.  Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:29 pm Reply with quote

I don't know, why "Do it, do it again?"

 
Vacca
692120.  Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:52 pm Reply with quote

Why "One, 21 guns", when the song is just called "21 Guns"?

I think it might refer to the year 2001.

 
DancingRat
692211.  Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:16 am Reply with quote

It being a response to the earlier recording makes interesting electrons fire in my head...

If T.C.B. is in fact a nickname (Like notorious B.I.G.) perhaps she is warning Mr T.C.B. "you want respect from me do you? Then you had better show some first".

Take care, T.C.B. becomes a warning then.

I like that. But then I would.

 
Billybob
693076.  Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:27 pm Reply with quote

It's a pop song. They don't have to mean anything. Sometimes they do, but they don't have to.

 
Strawberry
696397.  Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:28 pm Reply with quote

TCB could be a reference to elvis presley as it's a phrase that was associated with him.

 
soup
696505.  Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:47 am Reply with quote

Strawberry wrote:
TCB could be a reference to elvis presley as it's a phrase that was associated with him.


?

 
Gilgamesh
742867.  Mon Sep 13, 2010 2:59 pm Reply with quote

Surely if you have R E S P E C T and you take out TCP you're left with 'RESE'. She was probably having an affair with his buddy named Reece and letting him know.

 

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