This song is a great example of how music can be used to convey emotions.


This song is a great example of how music can be used to convey emotions.

The song was written by Etta James and her then-husband, Artis Mills. Mills wrote the music and James wrote the lyrics. The two were married in 1956 and divorced in 1975.

The song is about a woman who has been abused by her partner and she is trying to find a way out of the relationship. She feels like she cannot leave him because he has "got a hold on me".

Etta James is a well-known American singer, songwriter and pianist. She has won six Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Her voice is deep, husky and sultry with a range of three octaves.

In 1961, she released her first album which she wrote nine songs for. The album was called "At Last!" which became her signature song. Later in 1963, she released an album called "Something's Got A Hold On Me". It was this album that made her famous and it also marked the beginning of her career as a soul singer.

Etta James was born Jamesetta Hawkins in 1938 in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in a poor family and was raised by her grandmother. She started singing gospel music at the age of five and later became a popular soul singer.

She had her first hit with “Roll With Me Henry” in 1955 and then again with “The Wallflower (Roll With Me Henry)” in 1962. Etta James is considered to be one of the most influential singers of all time. Her voice has been described as "a deep, rich contralto that drips with honeyed Southern soul."



Lyrics
Oh-oh, sometimes I get a good feeling, yeah(Yeah)I get a feeling that I never, never, never, never had before, no, no(Yeah)I just wanna tell you right now that I(Ooh)I believeI really do believe that
Something's got a hold on me, yeah(Oh, it must be love)Oh, something's got a hold on me right now, child(Oh, it must be love)Let me tell you now
I've got a feeling, I feel so strangeEverything about me seems to have changedStep by step, I got a brand new walkI even sound sweeter when I talk
I said, oh (oh)Oh (oh)Oh (oh)Oh (oh)Hey, hey, yeahOh, it must be love(You know it must be love)Let me tell you now
Something's got a hold on me, yeah(Oh, it must be love)Oh, something's got a hold on me right now, child(Oh, it must be love)Let me tell you now
I've never felt like this beforeSomething's got a hold on me that won't let goBelieve I'd die if I only couldI feel so strange, but it sure is good
I said, oh (oh)Oh (oh)Oh (oh)Oh (oh)Hey, hey, yeahOh, it must be love(You know it must be love)Let me tell you now
My heart feels heavyMy feet feel lightI shake all over, butI feel alrightI never felt like this beforeSomething's got a hold on me that won't let goI never thought it could happen to meGot me heavy without the miseryI never thought it could be this wayBut love's sure gonna put a hurting on me
I said, oh (oh)Oh (oh)Oh (oh)Oh (oh)Hey, hey, yeahOh, it must be love(You know it must be love)
OhYou know, it walks like love(You know, it walks like love)It talk like love(You know, it talks like love)Make me feel alright(Make me feel alright)In the middle of the night(In the middle of the night)
La, la, la, la(La, la, la, la)La, la, la, la(La, la, la, la)
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Etta James / Pearl Woods / Leroy Kirkland
Something's Got a Hold on Me lyrics © Emi Longitude Music


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