Charity Case
Gnarls Barkley Lyrics


(Oh ah)
Gi' gi' give it away now
Gi' gi' give it away now
Give it away now
Give it away now, I, I, I, I don't know what matters to you at this moment
But that's all that matters to me
How are ya?

How are you?
Knock on wood
Well I'm not doing so good

I thought you probably couldn't tell, although your worth it, I'm still not well

And I don't understand how I'm so understanding
I guess that that's all I can be
How are ya

How are you?

I think I can help
But I can't help myself

Should I be happy if you need my help, I usually just keep to myself.

Oh can't ya see
Oh can't ya see
If I help somebody baby there's mercy for me
Ah charity (And you, for you, one for you and you and you)

Don't want to bother you baby but I'm bleeding to
Are you needing me like I'm needing you
Even my shadow leaves me all alone at night
Guess I need to start to take my own advice
Lalalala lalala la
Lalalala lalala la

Oh can't ya see
Oh can't ya see
Somebody's a liar who ever said that freedom was free
Ah charity

(Oh ah)
Gi' gi' give it away now
Gi' gi' give it away now
Give it away now
Give it away now

Oh oh
Alright
Yeah, I want to be your lady
Charity, you betta' give to somebody

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Written by: BRIAN JOSEPH BURTON, THOMAS CALLAWAY, THOMAS DECARLO CALLAWAY

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Lyrics:

Gi' gi' give it away now
Gi' gi' give it away now
Give it away now
Give it away now, I, I, I, I don't know what matters to you at this moment
But that's all that matters to me
How are ya?

How are you?

Knock on wood
Well I'm not doing so good

I thought you probably couldn't tell, although your worth it, I'm still not well

And I don't understand how I'm so understanding
I guess that that's all I can be
How are ya

How are you?

I think I can help
But I can't help myself

Should I be happy if you need my help, I usually just keep to myself.

Oh can't ya see
Oh can't ya see
If I help somebody baby there's mercy for me
Ah charity (And you, for you, one for you and you and you)

Don't want to bother you baby but I'm bleeding to
Are you needing me like I'm needing you
Even my shadow leaves me all alone at night
Guess I need to start to take my own advice
Lalalala lalala la
Lalalala lalala la

Oh can't ya see
Oh can't ya see
Somebody's a liar who ever said that freedom was free
Ah charity

Gi' gi' give it away now
Gi' gi' give it away now
Give it away now
Give it away now

Oh oh
Alright
Yeah, I want to be your lady
Charity, you betta' give to somebody



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Sort of... this opening track introduces us to the concept of the album. The Odd Couple focuses on themes surrounding a toxic —but not always predatory— relationship. Old “gold digger” tropes don’t apply here. It’s about asymmetrical needs and the way two people can feed off of each other, never satisfying each other’s real, underlying desires.

Cee-Lo’s character likes a girl (we’ll call her Charity) who isn’t mentally well. Often, we try to love people we feel spiritually akin to —one depressed person may feel understood when they meet another. He cares for someone who can’t care back because she’s too beleaguered by her problems. She has said she can’t handle a relationship. She is emotionally unavailable, but that doesn’t change his desire for her.

"Although you’re worth it, I’m still not well"

He subordinates his needs to hers, but this isn’t run-of-the-mill “simping.” It’s entangled with depression on both sides. He’s trying to be the strong one and support her, but it’s not fully altruistic. He wants to “fix her” so he can be with her, proving that he’s a worthy partner in the process. He could give her the classic ultimatum —love or nothing— but it seems like a cruel thing to do to his already suffering crush.

To some extent, it feels good just to be needed by someone he cares for. Yet, this feeling is frustrated by the asymmetry of how they need each other— with Cee-Lo needing romantic love and Charity needing emotional support.

"Are you needin' me like I’m needin' you?"

Meanwhile, he feels powerless to help himself, to “take his own advice,” and tackle his own anguish. He believes that if he can make her feel better, maybe that means he can feel better too.

"If I help somebody, maybe there’s mercy for me"

He may even believe, mistakenly, that her love is the thing that will finally make him happy. Regardless, what she wants becomes deeply important to Cee-Lo’s character, so he continues to give advice, time, understanding.

It isn’t freely given though. It bears with it a sense of resentment and longing, and foreshadows the deeper discontent that pervades the rest of the album.

He concludes the track by nearly begging Charity to love him, or if not him, then at least someone.



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Eklavya Kaushal

Mac Miller loved this album. That's how I came here.

Colby Nugent

Yessir

DJ TGX

Haha, Larry King interview by chance?

Gielderien Peace

You ever check a song's lyrics and be like "this was written for me"?

Brickwing

ya man Oh ah oh ah oh ah oh ah oh ah really resonates with me too

Sissyspider

Yep. Right there with you, Gielderien.

Logic N. Reasoning

Who's listening to this now?

SUS

Still listening to this bop

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me

Phil Hadfield

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