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"The Payback" is a funk song by James Brown, the title track from his 1973 album of the same name. The song's lyrics, originally written by trombonist and bandleader Fred Wesley but heavily revised by Brown himself soon before it was recorded, concern the revenge he plans to take against a man who betrayed him. The song is notable for its spare, open arrangement and its use of wah-wah guitar – a relative rarity in Brown's previous funk recordings. Released as… read more

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Lyrics

Hey! Gotta, gotta payback!
(The big payback)
Revenge! I'm mad!
(The big payback)
Got to get back!

I need some get-back!
Payback!
Payback!(The big…

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