I Want You Back

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"I Want You Back"
Words and Music by Michael B. Hicks
Michael B. Hicks Music, BMI © 2012

I want you back, I need you back...I want you back, I need you back
I want you back, I need you back...I want you back, I need you back
I want you back, I need you back...do I keep on singing?
I want you back, I need you back

As a kid, I had a different mind state
I was cool and all, but I could never relate to my peers
Because amidst all of the tears at the basketball games, you were there
You were always on time--you were the first in line to shake my hand
You were the perfect example of a man and I was your biggest fan
It was like you could do no wrong
The records you played at home became my favorite songs
We always got along and I was proud to say that my daddy was never gone

But then, the roots of things started to fall apart
An unforeseen divorce--it broke my heart
And it was like somebody pressed reset and caused life to restart when you remarried
No, I wasn't happy, but we tried to make it work
Your friends became jerks, you quit preaching at church
And I knew that it hurt
It was never the same, you tried, but your priorities began to change
And not to throw blame, but things quickly got a little strange

And dad, I won't lie...I won't sit here and deny that I became really bitter
It wasn't your wife--I didn't have too many issues with her
I had a problem with us--well, the sudden lack thereof
See, you were at her boy's concerts, but not at mine
And even as a man, I wished that you would make the time
And I was done making an effort at all
But my girl (who you've not met yet) said I should call
I find it hard to do, so in reaching out to you, I put it on wax
'Cause I want you back, I need you back

I've always wanted an opportunity to tell the whole world exactly what you mean to me
And though I downplay it kind of subtly,
Let's not overlook the fact that now I've been overseas
And when I get love for what I do here and abroad
I'ma always think of you and thank God
But pride and pain are so hard to juggle
Which makes calling you a harder struggle
See, you're the reason for all that I have and now you're all that I lack
And I want you back...dad, I need you back
So I keep on singing

credits

from This Is Life, released December 25, 2012
"I Want You Back"
Words and Music by Michael B. Hicks
Michael B. Hicks Music, BMI © 2012

Vocals: Mike Hicks
Rhodes: Michael B. Hicks
Bass: Tommy Sims
Drums: Bernard Bell
Percussion: Brandon Newsome
Programming/Sampling: James Waddell
Strings Arranged and Conducted by Melvin "Maestro" Lightford
String Contractor: Matt Nelson
Violin: Avery Bright, Bethany Bordeaux
Viola: Michael O'Gieblyn
Cello: Matt Nelson
Additional Vocals: Moiba Mustapha

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