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Song: The Crunge
Album: Houses of the Holy [released Mar 18, 1973 (US) | Mar 26, 1973 (UK)]
Single: D'yer Mak'er/The Crunge [Sep 17, 1973]
Credited to: Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant
Related Songs:
Sex Machine - James Brown (music, lyrics)
Mr. Pitiful - Otis Redding (reference)
Respect - Otis Redding (reference)


I wanna tell ya about my good thing
I ain't disclosin' no names, but
Sh-he sure is a good friend, and
I ain't gonna tell ya where he come from, but
If I tell ya, you won't come again, ow, hey
I ain't gonna tell ya nothin', but I do well, but I know, yeah

Now, let me tell you about my girl
I open up a newspaper and what do I see
Ah, ah, see my girl, ah, lookin' at me

Ooh, and when she walks, she walks
And let me tell ya, when she talks, she talks
And when she looks me in the eye
She's my baby, lord, I wanna make her mine, yeah
Ooh, tell me, baby, what you want me to do
And you want me to love ya, love some other man

Ooh, ain't gonna call me Mr. Pitiful, no
Uh, I don't need no respect from nobody, no, no
Ah, no, no, ah

I ain't gonna tell ya nothin', I ain't gonna tell ya no more, no
She's my baby, let me tell ya that I love her so, ow, ow
She's the woman I really wanna love, and let me tell ya more
Woo-ooh, she's my baby, let me tell ya, she lives next door
She's the one a-woman, the one a-woman that I know
I ain't goin', I ain't goin', I ain't goin' tell

I ain't goin' tell ya one thing that ya really oughta know, but
She's my lover-baby and I love her so, and
She's the one that really makes me whirl and twirl, and
She's the kind of lover that makes me fill the whole world, and
She's the one who really makes me jump and shout, oh
She's the kind of girl, I know what it's all about

Take it home, take it, take it, take it
Ah, excuse me, will ya excuse me
I'm just tryin' to find the bridge
Has anybody seen the bridge?
(Have ya seen the bridge?)
I ain't seen the bridge
(Where's that confounded bridge?)

Influences: This song seems to be a take on James Brown funk, particularly the song Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, from which comes the whole bridge motif. The Mr. Pitiful lyric in The Crunge may be a reference to Otis Redding.