Sam and Dave - I THANK YOU

First performance: 05/12/2003


Coverinfo

The song was performed 5 times :  
 
2003-12-05 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
Performed with Sam Moore and the Alliance Singers. First night of the Christmas Benefit shows. Some of the proceeds are donated to the Asbury Park High School band, along with 30 instruments. Guests include Sam Moore, Garland Jeffreys and Jesse Malin.  
 
2003-12-07 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
"I Thank You" includes a snippet of "Hey Bo Diddley" in the introduction. 
 
2003-12-08 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK
"Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) was performed in medley with ' I thank you ' together with Sam Moore and the Alliance Singers. It was the finale show (rescheduled from December 6) . It also featurs a snippet of "Hey Bo Diddley" in the intro.
 
 
 
2004-04-25 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK
The third year of the private Rumson Country Day School benefits with Bruce, Patti Scialfa, Southside Johnny and Bobby Bandiera. Bobby Bandiera and his band provided backing throughout the night, along with Jukes horns Ed Manion, Joey Stann, and Chris Anderson. Admission was once again, as previous years restricted to RCDS parents. "Sweet Soul Music" includes "Tequila" in the midsection. 

2008-05-04 - NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, NEWARK
Bruce is inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. He also gives the induction speech for Frank Sinatra and joins La Bamba and the Hubcaps onstage. His mother Adele is present - celebrating her birthday - along with Patti Scialfa.
 

Songinfo

"I Thank You" is a song written by David Porter and Isaac Hayes originally recorded by Sam & Dave, released in early 1968. The single was Sam & Dave's final release on Stax Records, reaching #9 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and #4 on the R&B chart. Shortly after its release, Stax severed its distribution deal with Atlantic Records and Sam & Dave, who were actually signed to Atlantic and loaned out to Stax, began recording for Atlantic proper. The song begins with Sam's spoken introduction that goes:
 
"I want everybody to get off your seat,/ And get your arms together,/ And your hands together,/ And give me some of that old soul Clapping".
 
First, Sam sings the Refrain, plus the first verse, and the refrain, while Dave sings the second verse, the refrain, and the third verse, with both Sam and Dave sharing on the repeated "Thank Yous" portion. Following a brief instrumental, Sam sings the Refrain, with Dave, joining him, on the Coda with the repeated "Thank Yous".
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Samuel David Moore (born October 12, 1935, Miami, FL) is an American Southern Soul and Rhythm & Blues (R&B) singer who was the tenor vocalist for the soul vocal duo Sam & Dave from 1961 through 1981. Sam Moore is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame (for "Soul Man"), The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and a Grammy Award and a multi-Gold Record award winning recording artist.
Sam Moore also contributed on the Human Touch album (1992) : 
 
Bruce also contributed  on " Better to have and not need ":  a song written by Homer Banks, Thomas Bingham, and John Colbert, and released in 2006 by Sam Moore's on his comeback album Overnight Sensational. Bruce Springsteen guests on the recording of this track. (vocals)
 
 
 
All appearances with Springsteen:
 
 
 
1999-10-15 - AMERICA WEST ARENA, PHOENIX, AZ
2003-12-05 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ
2003-12-07 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ
2003-12-08 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ
2006-02-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON, NJ (Sam Moore recording session)
2006-02-08 - STAPLES CENTER, LOS ANGELES, CA (Grammy Awards)
2009-10-29 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert)
2012-12-06 - JOBING.COM ARENA, GLENDALE, AZ
HUMAN TOUCH - STUDIO SESSIONS 
 
"Your ticket is your handshake. These skills gave me a huge ace up my sleeve. And when we finally went on the road, and we played that ace, we scorched the Earth, because that's what I was taught to do by Sam Moore, and by James Brown. " 
 

Lyrics

You didn't have to love me like you did
But you did, but you did
And I thank you
You didn't have to squeeze me like you did
But you did, but you did
And I thank you
If you took your love to somewhere else
I wouldn't know what it meant to be loved to death
You made me feel like I've never felt
Kisses so good I had to holler for help
You didn't have to squeeze me but you did
But you did, but you did
And I thank you
You didn't have to hold me but you did
But you did but you did
And I thank you
Every day was something new
You pull out your bag and your fine to-do
You got me trying new things too
Just so I can keep up with you
You didn't have to shake me like you did
But you did but you did
And I thank you
You didn't have to make it like you did
But you did but you did
And I thank you
All my life I've been shortchanged
Without your love baby, it's a crying shame
And now I know what the fellas are talking about
When they say that they been turned out
I want to thank you (thank you)
Thank you (oh, baby)
Thank you baby (yeah, yeah)
Oh baby (I gotta be thanking)
Got to say
You didn't have to love me like you did
But you did, but you did
(And I thank you)
You didn't have to hold me like you did
But you did, but you did
(And I thank you)
Thank you (thank you, baby)
Baby (Got to thank you)
Baby (oh, baby)
Thank! I've! Got! I've got to (thank you baby)
Thank you baby (oh baby)