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Bill Withers (1938–2020) Tribute List

April 3, 2020
Bill Withers, one of the most popular and influential songwriters of the 1970s, died on April 2. His importance is especially remarkable given how late he started — well into his 30s — and how short his music career was. He made eight records between 1971-78, and then one more in 1985 before walking away from the music business forever. While his songs were heartfelt and sincere, his speeches were hilarious and sarcastic, particularly the one he gave when he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
aimless
You can make out a plan with aimless dedication
You can hang up a million slogans in your house
But before you put it into operation, before you man your station
You ought to take it all in and check it all out.
– Take It All In And Check It All Out
antagonistic
"Joan Jett was talking about A&R issues. I call them antagonistic and redundant."
– Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction speech, 2018
appoint
My friends feel it's their appointed duty
They keep trying to tell me
All you want to do is use me
– Use Me
concurrently
"His basketball career ran concurrently with my nine-year Navy career."
– Speech given at Elgin Baylor statue unveiling, 2018
deferment
I can't write left handed
Would you please write a letter to my mother
Tell her to tell the family lawyer
Try to get a deferment for my younger brother
– I Can't Write Left-Handed
delegation
Our crooked delegation wants a donation to send the preacher to the holy land
Hey hey lawd honey don't give your money to that lyin', cheatin man
– Harlem
heathen
Sunday morning here in Harlem now every body's all dressed up.
The heathen folk just gettin' home from the party and the good folk just got up.
– Harlem
indignation
You can fill up a room with idle conversation
You can stir up a whole darn nation with your mouth
But before you start to show your indignation about a situation
You ought to take it all in and check it all out.
– Take It All In And Check It All Out
indiscreet
You got the nerve to call me narrow-minded
‘Cause I'm not loose and indiscreet
But people lying down always get blinded
By people standing on their own two feet.
– You
machismo
"You don’t have to give up any of your machismo if you lean on each other."
– Pep talk given to USC football team, 2012
melancholy
Sometimes a song is funky
Cause you feel that way
A song might be easy and melancholy on another day
– Sometimes A Song
recollection
When I need some affection you're not there,
I close my eyes and use my recollection,
And in one moment there's my fav'rite scene,
Taken from the place where I keep my dreams,
In my heart, in my heart.
– In My Heart
redundant
"Joan Jett was talking about A&R issues. I call them antagonistic and redundant."
– Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction speech, 2018
satin
In a room with soft satin pillows,
Cracklin' fireplace keeps us warm.
– Sweet Wanomi
weary
And now my dream talks to me
And fixes my coffee in the morning
And rubs my back when I'm weary
– My Imagination

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