♫ Back Stabbers ♫

I’ve spent a good hour trying to find a song I really like, that I think you’ll really like too, that I haven’t already played!  I can’t believe how many songs I’ve already featured here in just under two years!  Not that I minded spending an hour or so listening to great music, mind you.

The O’Jays were formed in 1958 and named after Cleveland DJ Eddie O’Jay.  This song, released in 1972, was their first Top 40 hit!  Gene McFadden and John Whitehead wrote this song along with Leon Huff, who along with Kenny Gamble produced the track and released it on their Philadelphia International label. The song was inspired by problems Whitehead faced with his family and friends.

This song starts with a piano roll that Leon Huff played. Huff explains …

“‘Back Stabbers’ sounds like something eerie, so that roll was like something horrible, because that’s what back stabbers are. It reflected that type of drama. Our dream was to play so many counter-melodies that came with those songs, and the orchestra was able to put that together. Plus, stereo radio had just come around, and you had a lot of space to fill up. Stereo was much more soothing than mono, so we thought about the mixes we could do. The music was funky and classical at the same time.”

Backstabbers (Re-Recorded / Remastered)
The O’Jays

All the time they want to take your place
The back stabbers (back stabbers)
(They smilin’ in your face)
All the time they want to take your place
The back stabbers (back stabbers)
All you fellows who have someone and you really care, yeah, yeah
Then it’s all of you fellows who better beware, yeah yeah

Somebody’s out to get your lady
A few of your buddies they sure look shady
Blades are long, clenched tight in their fist
Aimin’ straight at your back
And I don’t think they’ll miss

All the time they want to take your place
The back stabbers (back stabbers)
I keep gettin’ all these visits from my friends, yeah, what they doin’ to me?
They come to my house again and again and again and again, yeah
So are they there to see my woman?
I don’t even be home but they just keep on comin’
What can I do to get on the right track?
I wish they’d take some of these knives out my back

All the time they want to take your place
The back stabbers (back stabbers)
Low down dirty

Smiling faces smiling faces sometimes tell lies (back stabbers)
(They smilin’ in your face)
I don’t need low down, dirty bastards (back stabbers)

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Leon Huff / Gene Mcfadden / John Whitehead
Backstabbers (Re-Recorded / Remastered) lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc

23 thoughts on “♫ Back Stabbers ♫

        • I just remember when my kids were little, watching them play with friends. If the boys got into an argument, they duked it out for a couple of minutes, then went back to being the best of friends. The girls, however, would back bite, play stupid games, gang up on one another … never just a straightforward solution to a problem.


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