Artist: Joe Tex

I Gotcha ~ Joe Tex

Joe Tex (born Joseph Arrington Jr.),  was an American soul singer-songwriter most popular during the 1960s and 1970s leading the Joe Tex Band. His style of speaking over music, which he called “rap”, made him a predecessor of the modern style of music.

In the late 1960s, future blues legend, bass guitarist W. C. Clark, joined the Joe Tex Band. Clark had left his hometown of Austin, Texas where he thought the R&B scene had died. But during a tour with the band back through Austin, W.C. left Joe Tex and moved back to Austin, where he went on to develop his reputation as the “Godfather of Austin Blues.”

Meanwhile the singles “Skinny Legs And All” and “Men Are Getting Scarce” also became major hits for Joe Tex, but the singer seemed unsure of his future direction. His last major hit of that time was “I Gotcha” in 1972, and it was then he decided to retire.

A convert to the Muslim faith since 1966, he changed his name to Yusuf Hazziez, and toured as a spiritual lecturer. He has two sons, Ramadan Hazziez and Jwaade Hazziez.

He returned to music in 1975, and two years later enjoyed a massive comeback hit with “Ain’t Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)“. By the 1980s he had withdrawn again from full-time performing. He devoted himself to Islam, his Texas ranch and the Houston Oilers American Football team.

Tex had a feud with James Brown after James Brown took his wife, Bea Ford as well as the report that James Brown took his dance moves. Similarities do exist in their dance moves (Joe Tex and James Brown). He then wrote a song called “You Keep Her.” They shared a few more shows together until Tex mocked James Brown’s act of throwing a cape over his shoulder and screamed “please – get me out of this cape” James Brown later fired several rounds at Joe Tex.

Joe Tex died on August 13, 1982, at Navasota, Texas, following a heart attack, just days after his 49th birthday.

I Gotcha

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I gotcha, uh-huh, huh
You thought I didn’t see ya now
Didn’t ya, uh-huh, huh
You tried to sneak by me now
Didn’t ya, ha, ha, uh-huh, huh
Now gimme what you promised me
Give it here
Come on

Hey
Good God
Hey
Hey

You promised me the day
That you quit your boyfriend
I’d be the next one to ease on in
You promised me it would be just us two, yeah
I’d be the only man kissin’ on you, yeah
Now, kiss me
Hold it a long time, hold it
Don’t turn it a-loose, now hold it
A little bit longer, now hold it
Come on
Hold it
Hold it
Hold it
Hold it
Now ease up on me now
Hey

Good God Hey
The girl’s alright, y’all
Ha-ha
Good God

You made me a promise
And you’re gonna stick to it
You shouldn’t have promised
If you weren’t gonna do it
You saw me and ran in another direction
I’ll teach you to play with my affection
Now, give it here
You never should’ve promised to me
Give it here
Don’t hold back, now
Give it here
Don’t say nothin’, just give it here
Come on, give it here, uh
Give it here, uh
Give it here
Give it here
Give it to me, now

Good God
Hey

I gotcha
Shouldn’t made a promise to me
I gotcha
You never should’ve promised to me, gotcha
Give it on, here
I gotcha
You thought you got away from me, didn’t ya
But girl, I gotcha
Ha-ha-ha
Oh, I gotcha
Give it on up, I gotcha
Give it on here, I gotcha
You tried to sneak by me, now didn’t ya
Ha-ha
I gotcha
Oh, I gotcha

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