Shirley & Company – “Shame, Shame, Shame”

According to Songfacts, “Shame Shame Shame” is a song written and produced by Sylvia Robinson, co-owner of the All-Platinum record label. It was intended for All Platinum artist Donnie Elbert. When that did not work out, Robinson paired veteran blues vocalist Shirley Goodman with All Platinum artist Jesus Alvarez. The recording became an international disco hit, peaking at #12 in the US and # 6 in the UK.

Donnie Elbert claimed that he originally wrote this song. According to Elbert, he took the song to England to get a record deal. When All Platinum heard what he was doing, they recorded some songs that Elbert had left behind in the studio (including this one) with a newly signed group called Shirley & Company. The argument was not resolved in Elbert’s favor, and Sylvia Robinson remains the sole writer credited.

Shirley Goodman is a New Orleans-born singer who was half of the 1950’s R&B duo Shirley & Lee. They had an American Top 20 hit with “Let the Good Times Roll” in 1956. Goodman has provided vocals for The Rolling Stones and Dr. John, amongst others.

Songwriter Sylvia Robinson was originally from another ’50s duo, Mickey and Sylvia.

This was featured in the 1995 American comedy-drama, ‘Boys on the Side,’

and on the pilot episode of The Sopranos in 1999.

Song Lyrics –

Ooh I feel somethin’ baby
And I want you to know about it
See I want you to feel it, too
So just listen to me baby

Can’t stop me now hear what I say
My feet want to move so get out my way
I’m gonna have my say
I’m going to every discotheque
I’m gonna dance dance dance dance ooh
‘Till the break of day I say

Shame shame shame hey shame on you
If you can’t dance too
I said shame shame shame shame shame shame shame
Shame on you
If you can’t dance too

Don’t stop the motion
If you get the notion
You can’t stop the groove
‘Cause you just won’t move
Got my sunroof down
Got my diamonds in the back
Put on your shaky wig woman
If you don’t I ain’t comin’ back

Shame shame shame hey shame on you
If you can’t dance too
I said shame shame shame shame shame shame shame
Shame on you
If you can’t dance too

If you don’t want to go
Remember one monkey don’t stop no show
My body needs action ain’t gonna blow
Yes I’m going out and find a dancin’ man

If you really think you’re fast
Try to catch me if you can
And I said shame shame shame yeah (ah) shame on you
If you can’t dance too
It’s a shame shame shame shame shame shame shame
Shame on you
If you can’t dance too

Shame shame shame hey shame on you
If you can’t dance too
I said shame shame shame shame shame shame shame
Shame on you
If you can’t dance too

Don’t stop the motion
If you get the notion
You can’t stop the groove
‘Cause you just won’t move
Got my sunroof down
Got my diamonds in the back
Put on your shaky wig woman
If you don’t I ain’t comin’ back

Shame shame shame hey shame on you
If you can’t dance too
I said shame shame shame shame shame shame shame
Shame on you
If you can’t dance too

Shame, shame, shame, shame on you
If you can’t dance too
Shame, shame, shame, shame on you
If you can’t dance too
Shame, shame, shame, shame on you
If you can’t dance too

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