Microkhan by Brendan I. Koerner

Tinged With Regret

September 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments


We’re solo parenting Microkhan Jr. this week, which means we have to put off lots of tasks ’til after his bedtime—specifically catching up on the day’s e-mail deluge. That’s precisely what we were doing last night, cold Ballantine in hand, when William Bell’s classic “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” came wafting across Radio Nova. It had been so long since we heard it—we lost our Stax Records box set during our last move, and with it a lot of our favorite Bell nuggets. “I Forgot to Be Your Lover” is perhaps the song we missed most, though the lyrics can be painful. The one that tugs on our heartstrings every time:

Oh, I been working for you
Doing all I can but
Work all the time
Didn’t make me a man

The YouTube poster mentions that the song was most recently sampled by Ludacris, but we’ll always remember it as the basis for the hook in Killah Priest’s meditative, True Master-produced “One Step.”

Oh, and William Bell’s still alive and kicking, this time with his own label. And they have snazzy official shoes for sale.

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