If you disrespect anybody that you run in to
How in the world do you think anybody's s'posed to respect you
If you don't give a heck 'bout the man with the bible in his hand
Just get out the way, and let the gentleman do his thing
You the kind of gentleman that want everything your way
Take the sheet off your face, boy, it's a brand new day

Respect yourself, respect yourself
If you don't respect yourself
Ain't nobody gonna give a good cahoot, na na na na
Respect yourself, respect yourself

If you're walking 'round think'n that the world owes you something cause
You're here you goin' out the world backwards like you did when you
Put your hand on your mouth when you cough, that'll help the solution
Oh, you cuss around women and you don't even know their names and you
Dumb enough to think that'll make you a big ol man


    這首歌是美國節奏藍調及福音團體The Staple Singers於1971年放在專輯《Be Altitude: Respect Yourself》裡的一首歌。

    這首歌是由Luther Ingram 和 Mack Rice所創作的,Ingram對於那時候世界的言論非常有挫折感,他認為黑人應該要尊重自己,Rice對這個意見非常的喜歡,於是他就作了這首歌,拿給The Staple Singers唱。在1970年代後公民權力時期,這首歌引起非裔美國人自我覺醒運動的共鳴,以及女性應該獲得更多的尊重,這是那時候世界共同的訴求。

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