From the recording Use Me
"Use Me" is a song composed and originally recorded by Bill Withers, and was included on his 1972 album Still Bill. It is his second-biggest hit in the United States, released in September 1972, and later reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was certified Gold by the RIAA.[
The singer complains about the advice of friends, who seem to have made it "their appointed duty" to talk the singer out of a romantic relationship that they see as one-sided, and where the singer is "used". But the singer has no doubt in wanting things to continue as they are, and implies that it is pleasurable enough to be "used" in that fashion that being "used up" completely would be welcome.
The singer goes on to describe telling a relative who urges resistance to being "walked on," that envy for the singer's circumstances would follow from really comprehending them.
The singer admits that some of the lover's behavior is abusive—for example, snubbing him when those of higher status, with whom the lover apparently seeks to curry favor, are present—but "when you love me", the singer "can't get enough".
Finally, as the song fades out, the singer admits to being used, but says that "it aint too bad the way you're using me, 'cause I sure am using you to do the things you do."
Use in popular culture[edit source | edit]
The song is the background music that Alice Eve's character puts on in the movie She's Out of My League, for the make-out scene on the couch.
It was used in the movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy when the title character meets a girl at a party.
It was also used in the movie Any Given Sunday when Dennis Quaid's character returns as the primary quarterback for the Sharks.
It features in the first episode of the HBO series The Wire, being played during the first scene in Orlando's.
It was used in American Beauty film and soundtrack
It was featured in the 1997 film Boogie Nights directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
'My friends feel it's their appointed dutyThey keep trying to tell meAll you want to do is use meBut my answer, yeah to all that use me stuffI want to spread the newsThat if it feels this good getting usedYou just keep on using meUntil you use me upUntil you use me upMy brother sit me right down and he talked to meHe told me that I ought not to let you just walk on meAnd I'm sure he meant wellYeah, but when our talk was throughI said, brother, if you only knewYou'd wish that you were in my shoesYou just keep on using meUntil you use me upUntil you use me upSometimes, it's trueYou really do abuse me You get me in a crowd of high-class peopleAnd then you act real rude to meBut, oh baby, baby, baby, baby,When you love me, I can't get enoughI want to spread the newsThat if it feels this good getting usedGirl, you just keep on using meUntil you use me upUntil you use me upTalkin' 'bout you usin' peopleIt all depends on what you doIt ain't too bad the way you're usin' me'Cause I sure am usin' you to do the things you do'to do the things you do