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Tighten Up
Archie Bell and The Drells Lyrics


Hi everybody, I'm Archie Bell of the Drells of Houston, Texas
We don't only sing but we dance just as good as we walk
In Houston we just started a new dance called the Tighten up
This is the music we tighten up with

First tighten up on the drums
Come on now drummer
I want you to tighten it up for me now, oh yeah
Tighten up on that bass now
Tighten it up, ha ha, yeah
Now let that guitar fall in, oh yeah
Tighten up on that organ now

Yeah, you do the tighten up, yeah now
I said if you can do it now,
It sure would be tough

Now look here
Come on now
Now make it mellow

Let's tighten up now
Do the tighten up
Everybody can do it now
So get to it
We're gonna tighten up
Let's do the tighten up
You can do it now
So baby get to it

Look to your left now
Look to your right
Everybody can do it
But don't you get too uptight
Come on and tighten up
Tighten it up now
Tighten it up now
Tighten it up

Do the the tighten up
C'mon and tighten it up
Tighten it up now

C'mon now Billie
Tighten it up, woo
Oh yeah
Sock it to 'em, sock it to 'em
Tighten it up

C'mon tighten up that bass, oh yeah
Now look here I want that guitar to fall in on that
Tighten it up now, oh yeah
Now tighten it up organ
Yeah now everybody, tighten it up

Now look here
We gonna make it mellow for ya now
We gonna make it mellow now

Tighten it up
If you can get it
Move to your left
Move to your right
Tighten it up now
Everything will be outta sight
C'mon and tighten it up
Tighten it up now
You can do it
So baby get to it

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: ARCHIE BELL, BILLY BUTTIER

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Cassandra Jackson

My brother in law rest his soul was the bass player on this song

Colin Music

Well that man could really down. Tightenin’ Up in heaven right now R.I.P.

Vickie Perez

Your brother in law was a excellent musician! May he Rest In Peace

Sandy Sizemore

@Devin 1980 Dawson you are awesome! Standing ovation from me to you!

Devin 1980 Dawson

I played the drums on this song

Lightening

Amen bro. This song is the shuzznit. Im 56. Amen

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Steve Cabral

After Archie Bell got his draft notice, he wanted to record with his group, the Drells, one more time before he got shipped off to Vietnam. He pulled out one of the group's old demos and remade it as a strutting funk vamp. Bell got shot in Vietnam, the song went to #1 while he was in the military hospital trying to convince people the song on the radio was his.

Cathy Berry

Had no idea?? Thanks for sharing! 🎵☮🥺

Gary Jackson

@Randall Underwood Thank you for your service.

John-Rodger N/A

Thanks for sharing that! I am a Woodstock survivor and would love ❤️ to hear any more stories anyone has 😎🐉🔥

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