Good Thang

by The Soul of John Black

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Twenty-first-century soul man John "JB" Bigham blends the sounds of Stax and the space age on Good Thang, the latest from his musical alter-ego The Soul of John Black.

Good Thang explores R&B, rock, pop, and electronica, but it's all about love: JB's love for classic soul and blues, love of driving old-school synth-funk bass, and, most important, love for his family. At the heart of this collection of feel-good grooves are the title track and "Lil Mama's in the Kitchen" -- graceful essays on the joys of domestic bliss that capture Good Thang's distinctive mix of organic sounds and cutting-edge production.

Good Thang follows 2009's Black John, which yielded the radio hit "Betty Jean," and 2007's The Good Girl Blues, a funky blend of classic and modern blues, soul, rock, funk and hip-hop. JB's unique stylistic fusion has won praise from Rolling Stone, NPR and others. And he's toured and recorded with fellow trailblazers Miles Davis, Dr. Dré, Nikka Costa, and Eminem, but his experimental roots go back to his eight years on guitar and keyboards in pioneering ska-funk-punk band Fishbone.

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released 07 June 2011

Vocals and Guitars: John A. Bigham
Background vocals: Jonell Kennedy
Background vocals on "New York to LA": Nikka Costa
Drums: Oliver Charles
Keys: Adam McDougall

Mixed by Richard "Segal" Huredia
Mastered at The Mastering Lab by Robert Hadley
Produced by John A. Bigham

All songs by John A. Bigham (Big Slamm Music / ASCAP)
Except “How Can I” and “New York to LA” by John A. Bigham (Big Slamm Music / ASCAP) and Christopher Thomas (Lil’ Marv Music / BMI)

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Track Name: Digital Blues
i don't see u anymore
i sho' wish u were knockin' on my door
i'm on the net all the time
computer girl is messin' up my mind
i don't think i wanna hit the scene
not with all the stuff they got up on my screen
u broke me down to a robot, baby
now all i want is robot sadie
and she cost too damn much

(hook) digital blues
digital blues all the time ------

hot and sexy, that's the key
but it ain't gone work if u ain't here with me
i'm online for your look a like
just in case u run up outta here tonight
i don't think i'm gonna hit the scene
not with all the stuff they got up on my screen
u broke me down to a robot ,baby
now all i want is robot sadie
and she cost too damn much

digital blues
digital blues all the time

robot sadie is all i want, all i want
digital blues
Track Name: Good Thang
when i'm at home, i'm never alone
i got my baby, she keeps me warm
ain't playin' a game, can't mess with this thang

(hook) hey hey hey yeah, i got a good thang-----

i go out, i run the streets
i don't need no easy piece
every thang i want is mine
i don't even waste my time
don't bring no games
can't mess with this thang

(hook) hey hey hey yeah, i got a good thang ----- 2x

when i come home at night
i know everything will be alright
when i'm climbing up the stairs
i know she's gonna be right there
when i get up to the top
we start to loving and we just can't stop
ain't no money in yo pocket baby
that can pay for what i got
i ain't playin' no games
with dangerous thangs

(hook) hey hey hey yeah, i got a good thang
Track Name: How Can I
i got an idea about you and me
fireplace baby, by the sea
i'll cook you dinner
and all of them things
once i get to know you
i might slip you a ring but...
back to right now
i got to say wow
you lookin' so good
you turnin' me out
let's make a toast to a beautiful evening
here's hoping you, you won't be leavin' won't

(hook) how can i get you to love, love me

here's another plan, if you can't come the house
get your high heels baby, i'm gonna take you out
we can dance all night ,while the dj plays
let it rock your body, while i hold your waist
pull you on in real close to me
i'm feeling you baby, can't you see

(hook) how can i get you to love, love me
Track Name: Oh That Feeling
(hook)
i used to love you, i used to need you
i used to want you, oh that feeling's gone
oh that feeling's gone

started in my leg and went straight to my head
somehow i got the urge to start walkin'
and ended up in betty's bed
next thing you know it's in my hip
tellin' me it's time to dip
next thing you know i'm runnin' from the poor girl
she callin' me a fugitive

(hook)
i used to love you
i used to need you
i used to want you, oh that feeling's gone
oh that feeling's gone ------

i can't peek outside
without seeing yo eyes
a sniper got them hairs on me
say she gonna shoot on sight
doctor didn't prescribe
what's makin' that girl fly
i know anybody trying to cut my throat
she can't be a friend of mine
anybody on the roof
acting john wilkes booth
she can't be nobody think bout yo life
she done lost her mind

(hook)
i used to love
i used to need you
i used to want you, oh that feeling's gone
oh that feeling's gone
Track Name: My Brother
well my brother he don't know me
and my sister she cold as ice
well my brother he don't know me
and my sister she cold as ice
she died inside a long time ago
and since then she ain't been right ------

well my brother talkin' at me
and i just look to the sky
trying to tell me
time and time again
how to do things right
don't he know i'm a grown man
let me live my life

(hook)
well my brother he don't know me
and sister she cold as ice
well my brother he don't know me
and sister she cold as ice
she done got so bitter
now she can't even think right -------

see she had good man once a upon a time
i don't know what happened
she had another man another time
they got married and they start scrappin'
then she had some other things
that were going on in her life
i can't speak for that girl
all i know is that she ain't right

(hook)
my brother he don't know me
and my sister she cold as ice
my brother he don't know me
and sister she cold as ice
maybe one day we'll get it together
but for now it just ain't right
Track Name: Strawberry Lady
strawberry lady won't you be my baby
i'm strawberry worthy why you acting shady
you got a way of getting tangled up
in my fantasy
the one i play valentino and
you be shakin' tambourine

(hook)
strawberry lady won't you be my baby -----

strawberry lady won't you be my baby
i know you dirty so why you acting crazy
you got a way to make a stray
come crawling on his knees
you lay that strawberry on em' and
they be beggin' baby please, yeah

(hook)
strawberry lady won't you be my baby -----
Track Name: Lil' Mama's in the Kitchen
wake and bake with a hot cup of coffee
trying to shake these hank's up off me, again
lil' mama's in the kitchen cookin' it up
i'm in a back room trying to think up, a way to win
thinkin' about some time in the future
but right now she couldn't look cuter
she's in a family way
we're makin' our way thru the transitions
man, i got to stay on my mission
and bring home some pay

(hook)
lil' mama's in the kitchen cookin' breakfast
i'm feelin' good today -------

she believes in me so what can i do
made a promise that i'd come thru
with everything she needs
i know times are hard so i got to work harder
nobody gets the life that they ordered
i keep chasing my dreams
it's so easy when you believe in each other
she's more than a friend more than a lover
she's more than everything
we're just making our way thru the transitions
with love on our minds and our minds on a mission
to stay this way

(hook)
lil' mama's in the kitchen cookin' breakfast
i'm feelin good today ------

(bridge)
i know it's gonna be hard on us
we can't give up cause got that
she cookin' breakfast and i'm optimistic
i'm feelin' good today
matter fact i'm feelin' quite terrific!

(hook)
lil' mama's in the kitchen cookin' breakfast
i'm feelin good today ------
Track Name: New York to LA
l.a. givin' me the blues again
i ain't leavin' i ain't never comin' back again

he was a friend of many
back in new york city
young hustler
he was down in l.a.
hangin' deuces and treys
under cover
spendin' some time
up on sunset and vine
drinkin' sake' all night
then the sky turned all white
i saw snow in the summer time

(hook)
l.a. givin' me the blues again
i ain't leavin'
i ain't never comin' back again

sho nuff ready for fun
rollin' black chicks and blondes
in his mercedes
rented house on the hill
somebody rolled up a bill
and things got crazy
three on a vine could be fine
when you're out on vacation
can't be wrong
then the sky turned all white
i saw snow in the summer time

(hook)
l.a. givin me the blues again
i ain't leavin' i ain't never comin' back again
Track Name: I Love It
you go unh unh unh unh unh unh unh
baby i like it
baby i love it
you go unh unh unh unh unh unh unh
Track Name: Dream (Turn Off the Phone)
turn off your phone turn off your computer
and come over baby, i be good to you
just lay back and kick up your feet
stay for a little while and rock you to sleep

(hook )
so you can dream ,oh dream
of a place where there's no
hurry up and go

take off your clothes and let down your hair
stay for a little while cause ain't nothing going on out there
just let me do something good for you
i know you wanna relax so go ahead and kick back

(hook)
so you can dream, oh dream
of a place where there's no hurry up and go

turn off your phone and shut down your computer
i got a few thangs i know it's gonna soothe you
don't be afraid it's just so you can relax
i know you got a lot of things going on
but it's time to kick back

(hook)
go ahead and dream-----------------
Track Name: Good Thang (Extended Version)
when i'm at home, i'm never alone
i got my baby, she keeps me warm
ain't playin' a game, can't mess with this thang

(hook) hey hey hey yeah, i got a good thang-----

i go out, i run the streets
i don't need no easy piece
every thang i want is mine
i don't even waste my time
don't bring no games
can't mess with this thang

(hook) hey hey hey yeah, i got a good thang ----- 2x

when i come home at night
i know everything will be alright
when i'm climbing up the stairs
i know she's gonna be right there
when i get up to the top
we start to loving and we just can't stop
ain't no money in yo pocket baby
that can pay for what i got
i ain't playin' no games
with dangerous thangs

(hook) hey hey hey yeah, i got a good thang