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Superfly-Pusherman

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Urban Funk
08/16/2013
Curtis Mayfield

Story

"Superfly" is a song by Curtis Mayfield, the title track from his 1972 soundtrack album for the film of the same name. It was the second single released from the album, following "Freddie's Dead (Theme From Superfly)", and reached #8 on the Billboard Pop chart. The lyrics celebrate the craftiness and determinaton of the film's main character. The song plays over the film's closing credits.

The bassline and the rototom percussion break from the song's introduction (performed by Joseph "Lucky" Scott and "Master" Henry Gibson, respectively)[1] have repeatedly been sampled in songs including Beastie Boys' "Egg Man", The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ready to Die Intro", and Nelly's "Tilt Ya Head Back" featuring Christina Aguilera. Mayfield himself sampled the original song in "Superfly 1990", a duet he recorded with rapper Ice-T.[2]

The song appeared in the 2009 film Madea Goes to Jail.

Lyrics

 


With the moon shining bright
There's a set goin' strong
Lotta things goin' on
The man of the hour
Has an air of great power
The dudes have envied him for so long

Oh, superfly
You're gonna make your fortune by and by
But if you lose, don't ask no questions why
The only game you know is do or die

Hard to understand
What a hell of a man
This cat of the slum
Had a mind, wasn't dumb
But a weakness was shown
'Cause his hustle was wrong
His mind was his own
But the man lived alone

Oh, superfly
You're gonna make your fortune by and by
But if you lose, don't ask no questions why
The only game you know is do or die

The game he plays he plays for keeps
Hustlin' times and ghetto streets tryin' ta get over
That's what he tryin' to do, y'all
Taking all that he can take
Gambling with the odds of fate
Tryin' to get over tryin' to get over
Tryin' to get over tryin' to get over
Superfly

The aim of his role
Was to move a lot of blow
Ask him his dream
What does it mean? He wouldn't know
Can't be like the rest
Is the most he'll confess
But the time's running out
And there's no happiness

Oh, superfly
You're gonna make your fortune by and by
But if you lose, don't ask no questions why
The only game you know is do or die

Superfly superfly
Superfly superfly
Tryin' to get over
Tryin' to get over
Tryin' to get over

 

 

 

Pusherman

I'm your mamma, I'm your daddy
I'm that nigga in the alley
I'm your doctor when in need
Want some coke, have some weed
You know me, I'm your friend
Your main boy, thick and thin

I'm your pusherman
I'm your pusherman

Ain't I clean? Bad machine
Super cool, super mean
Feelin' good, for the man
Superfly, here I stand
Secret stash, heavy bread
Baddest bitches in the bed

I'm your pusherman
I'm your pusherman
I'm your pusherman

Solid life of crime
A man of odd circumstance
A victim of ghetto demands
Feed me money for style
And I'll let you trip for a while
Insecure from the past
How long can a good thing last?
Woo-hoo, no

Got to be mellow, y'all
Gotta get mellow now
Pusherman gettin' mellow y'all

Heavy mind have you signed?
Makin' money all the time
My LD entrusts me
For all junkies to see
Ghetto prince is my thing
Makin' love's how I swing

I'm your pusherman
I'm your pusherman

Too bad, splee for a generous fee
Make your world what you want it to be
Got a woman I love desperately
Wanna give her somethin' better than me
Been told I can't be nothin' else
Just a hustler in spite of myself
I know I can rake it, this life just don't make it
Lord, lord

Got to get mellow now
Gotta be mellow, y'all
Got to get mellow now

I'm your mamma, I'm your daddy
I'm that nigga in the alley
I'm your doctor when in need
Want some coke, have some weed
You know me, I'm your friend
Your man boy, thick and thin

I'm your pusherman
I'm your pusherman
I'm your pusherman
Pusherman
Lord, Lord