Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan – “Sweet Thing”

This song oozes sex appeal. I remember it being played constantly on the radio. My sisters and I would imagine we were on stage singing this song. We couldn’t hit the high notes, but it sure was fun singing along to this song and all the songs of the 70s.

“Sweet Thing” was written by Chaka with Tony Maiden, who was the guitarist in her band, Rufus. She told LaShonda Barnett in I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters and Their Craft, “I told all of my boyfriends around that time that it was them that inspired the song. In fact, I think Tony was my real boyfriend at the time. That song was just spontaneous. Tony and I were just sitting around and it happened – really. We had that kind of chemistry, and it was that kind of situation. We wrote the song in five minutes. It’s all really chemistry when it boils down to it. Rufus and I had amazing chemistry. That’s what was underneath it all. And the love we had for each other.”

Released in 1975 on the album titled “ Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, and peaked at # 5 on the billboard 100 hits.

Song Lyrics –

I will love you anyway
Even if you cannot stay
I think you are the one for me
Here is where you ought to be
I just want to satisfy you
Though you’re not mine
I can’t deny you
Don’t you hear me talking baby?
Love me now or I’ll go crazy

Oh sweet thing
Don’t you know you’re my everything?
Oh sweet thing
Don’t you know you’re my everything?
Yes, you are

I wish you were my lover
But you act so undercover
To love you child my whole life long
Be it right, or be it wrong
I’m only what you make me, baby
Don’t walk away, don’t be so shady
Don’t want your mind, don’t want your money
These words I say, they may sound funny, but

Oh sweet thing
Don’t you know you’re my everything?
Oh sweet thing
Don’t you know you’re my everything?
Yes, you are, yes you are

You are my heat
You are my fire
You make me weak with strong desire
To love you child my whole life long
Be it right, or be it wrong

I just want to satisfy you
Though you’re not mine
I can’t deny you
Don’t you hear me talking baby
Love me now or I’ll go crazy

You’re the heat, you are the fire
You’re not mine, I can’t deny ya
Don’t you hear me talking, baby?
Love me now, or I’ll go crazy

You’re the heat, you are the fire
You’re not mine, I can’t deny ya
Don’t you hear me talking, baby?
Love me now, or I’ll go crazy

You’re the heat, you are the fire
You’re not mine, I can’t deny ya
Don’t you hear me talking, baby?
Love me now, or I’ll go crazy

You’re the heat, you are the fire
You’re not mine, I can’t deny ya
Don’t you hear me talking, baby?
Love me now

Written by: Chaka Khan & Tony Maiden

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