“I’ll Take You There” by The Staples Singers

Song of the Day

September 6, 2017

Written by Al Bell
Produced by Al Bell
Recorded at Fame Studios, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, 1971
Released on the album Be Attitude: Respect Yourself in February 1972

The Staple Singers were a soul/gospel family band who adapted a song written by producer Al Bell in early 1972 and rode it to the top of the pop charts. “I’ll Take You There” is a simple but catchy tune lead by the soulful vocals of lead singer Mavis Staples.

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The song has been described this song as the “epitome of the Muscle Shoals Sound”, recorded in Alabama and released on the Memphis-based Stax records. Taking full advantage of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, the track is mainly improvised with call and response vocalsand some short leads in between on piano and harmonica.

Listen to “I’ll Take You There”:

Song Lyrics

Oh I know a place ain’t nobody cryin’
Ain’t nobody worried, ain’t no smilin’ faces
No no lyin’ to the races, help me, come on, come on

Somebody, help me now (I’ll take you there)
Help me, ya’all (I’ll take you there)
Help me now (I’ll take you there)
Oh! (I’ll take you there)
Oh! Oh! Mercy! (I’ll take you there)
Oh, let me take you there (I’ll take you there)
Oh-oh! Let me take you there! (I’ll take you there)

Play your, play your piano now, all right Ah do it do it
Come on now, play on it, play on it
Daddy daddy daddy, ooh Lord, all right now
Baby, easy now, come on, little lady
All right, dum-dum-dum-dum, sock it, sock it, ah, oh, oh!

I know a place, ya’all (I’ll take you there)
Ain’t nobody cryin’ (I’ll take you there)
Ain’t nobody worried (I’ll take you there)
No smilin’ faces (I’ll take you there)
Uh-uh (Lyin’ to the races) (I’ll take you there)
Oh, no Oh! (I’ll take you there)
Oh oh oh! (I’ll take you there)
Mercy now! (I’ll take you there)
I’m callin’ callin’ callin’ mercy (I’ll take you there)
Mercy mercy! (I’ll take you there)
Let me (I’ll take you there)
Oh oh! I’ll take you there (I’ll take you there)
Oh oh oh oh Wanna take you there! (I’ll take you there) Just take me by the hand
Let me (I’ll take you there)
Let me, let me, let me lead the way
Oh! (I’ll take you there)
Let me take you there (I’ll take you there)
Let me take you there! (I’ll take you there)
Ain’t no smilin’ faces (I’ll take you there)
Up in here, lyin’ to the races (I’ll take you there)
You oughta, you gotta gotta come let me, let me (I’ll take you there)
Take you, take you, take you over there (I’ll take you there) Ooh! Oh! Oh! All right (I’ll take you there)
Oh-oh! All right! (I’ll take you there)
Oh! Oh! (I’ll take you there)
Mmmm ah Oh! Yeah! (I’ll take you there)
Whoa! (I’ll take you there)
Let me lead the way (I’ll take you there)

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