J Jacobs and Associates

J Jacobs and Associates

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Total Song Plays: 376   
Member Since: 2011
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Plays:

26

Song Description

It's like going back for seconds on rat poison. Sometimes you miss things that weren't particularly good for you. - Bill Withers

Story Behind the Song

Withers was inspired to write this song after watching the 1962 movie Days of Wine and Roses. He explained, in reference to the characters played by Lee Remick and Jack Lemmon, "They were both alcoholics who were alternately weak and strong. It's like going back for seconds on rat poison. Sometimes you miss things that weren't particularly good for you. It's just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I'm not aware of."[1] For the song's third verse, Withers had intended to write more lyrics instead of repeating the phrase "I know" over and over again, but then followed the advice of the other musicians to leave it that way: "I was this factory worker puttering around," Withers said. "So when they said to leave it like that, I left it."

Song Length
5:48
Genres
Blues - Chicago, Blues - General


Language
English
Era
1970 - 1979

Lyric Credits Bill Withers/Arturo Molina Jr.
Producer Credits Booker T. Jones/Larry Bradley
Publisher Credits EMI Publishing
Performance Credits Chicago Express Blues Band
Label Credits Urban Legendz USA