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“I’ve Got a Woman” by Ray Charles

The famous song “I’ve Got a Woman” was written by Ray Charles and his bandleader Renald Richard during a road trip in 1954. The two got their inspiration while listening to a gospel song on the radio called “It Must Be Jesus” by the Southern Tones. Charles’s song talks about having a woman how treats him right and gives him all the love needs. This song had become a hit in both the white and black communities and still has an impact on our world today.

In 2008, Kanye West did a spin-off of Charles’s song which was called “Gold Digger.” However, Kanye switched the lyrics from “She give me money when I’m in need” to “She take my money when I’m in need” changing the meaning completely to the original song. It is extremely interesting to see the evolution of how “Gold Digger” became a song. All of this started from getting inspiration from “It Must be Jesus” which led into “I’ve Got a Woman” which ended in “Gold Digger”.

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