Superfly

Album: Super Fly Soundtrack (1972)
Charted: 8
  • Darkest of night
    With the moon shining bright
    There's a set goin' strong
    Lotta things goin' on
    The man of the hour
    Has an air of great power
    The dudes have envied him for so long

    [Chorus]
    Superfly
    You're gonna make your fortune by and by
    But if you lose, don't ask no questions why
    The only game you know is Do or Die
    Ah-ha-ha

    Hard to understand
    What a hell of a man
    This cat of the slum
    Had a mind, wasn't dumb
    But a weakness was shown
    Cause his hustle was wrong
    His mind was his own
    But the man lived alone

    [Chorus]

    The game he plays he plays for keeps
    Hustlin' times and ghetto streets
    Tryin' to get over
    (That's what he tryin' to do, why'all)
    Taking all that he can take
    Gambling with the odds of fate
    Tryin' ta get over [Repeat: x4]
    Woo, Superfly

    The aim of his role
    Was to move a lot of blow
    Ask him his dream
    What does it mean?
    He wouldn't know
    "Can't be like the rest"
    Is the most he'll confess
    But the time's running out
    And there's no happiness

    [Chorus]

    Superfly [Repeat: x4]

    "Tryin' to get over" [Repeat: x9] Writer/s: CURTIS MAYFIELD
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 8

  • Markantney from BiloxeJun 2015,

    Not to mention Charles, the movie was about the Main Character (Preist) trying to "Get Out" the Game. Folks just miss that point and/or forget that was a significant part of the character/movie because of how (SUPER) Fly he looked and played the role.

    The entire soundtrack was really about the consequences of being in "The Game"; which is also lost on many people.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 2nd 1973, the musical weekly series 'The Midnight Special' debuted on the NBC-TV network; the show ran for 8.5 years with a grand total of 350 episodes...
    Curtis Mayfield performed "Superfly" on the premiere show; at the time it was at #17 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; twenty-six days earlier on January 7th, 1973 it peaked at #8 for two weeks...
    {See next post below}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 7th 1973, "Superfly" by Curtis Mayfield peaked at #8 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on November 12th and spent 15 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #5 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart and #52 in the United Kingdom...
    Was nominated for a 1973 Grammy Award for 'Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or TV Special' (winner was Nino Rota for 'The Godfather')...
    It was the 2nd single from the 'Superfly' soundtrack album to make the Top 10, "Freddie's Dead", peaked at #2 on the R&B Singles chart and #4 on the Top 100 chart...
    And for the 'Superfly' soundtrack album; on Oct. 8th, 1972 peaked at #1 (for 6 weeks) on the R&B Albums chart and a week later on Oct. 15th also reached #1 (for 4 weeks) on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    R.I.P. Mr. Mayfield (1942 - 1999). He left us way too soon.
  • Charles from Charlotte, NcEven though the film glorifies the gangster lifestyle, Mayfield's lyrics make it clear he does not condone the character's lifestyle. Mayfield owned hiw own record company and believed in 'makin' it' the old-fashioned way thru work.
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaThis is a brilliant soundtrack. Just inspired music! One of the best soundtracks EVER! It holds up against the test of time so well. I was happy to see my young nephew with the album recently. He was blown away that his 50-year old uncle from the suburbs could relate to its drug-dealing theme. Hey, I used to be young and live in the city.
  • Dirk from Nashville, TnAs cool as this record is, Mayfield's performance in the MOVIE "Superfly" is even cooler. He did something that black artists of the day rarely did--he strapped on a guitar and performed with other real musicians. He avoided the goofy coordinated dance-step stuff by guys in purple polyester matching suits that was typical of the era. It was just Curtis and the band with their amps on low playing in a smoky nightclub, and it is worth the price of the video rental just to see that.
  • Sammy from New York, NySuperfly was definitely an excellent soundtrack. My favorite song on the album has got to be "No Thing on Me (The Cocaine Song)." Like Curtis says, it sure is funky. Snoop Dogg covers the song with Bootsy Collins on his album Rhythm & Gangsta; check that one out. Watch the Superfly movie, too. Good movie with unfortunately hilariously awful overdubs.
  • Paul from Chicago, IlPlatinum-selling "Superfly" was recorded in 1972. Other standouts from the movie were "Pusherman" and "Freddie's Dead."
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