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“Cool It Now” is a 1984 hit single by R&B/Pop group New Edition, and is the first single from their eponymous second album, New Edition. The song peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles in Autumn of 1984, #4 in January 1985 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #43 on the UK Singles Chart. With the group now signed to MCA Records, “Cool It Now” (and the album from which it came) was given more extensive and widespread promotion than any single from their previous album (which had been released through a smaller, independent label), and helped bring the group a bigger fan base. The song was the group’s first top 10 pop single, peaking at number four on the pop chart, and their second number one R&B hit.

The song is notable for a midsection rap recited by lead singer Ralph Tresvant, which calls out the rest of the group: “Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike.” In later years the rap has been changed to include “Johnny” for the last member to join, Johnny Gill, either including his name as a fifth name called out or replacing “Bobby”.

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Everybody's saying, seeing things
Without knowing that life brings a change
And they've been checking all the time
My friends say I'm love sick 'cause I

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