Riff: Mavis Staples – “Can You Get To That”

Jun 25, 2013

When you base your love on credit and your lovin’ days are done/Checks you signed with a love and kiss’ll later come back signed “insufficient funds”

from Can You Get To That lyrics by Mavis Staples

Accompanied by an unnamed baritone, Staples’ hoarse and husky gospel vocals are the perfect fit for this cover of Funkadelic‘s leftfield venture into acoustic rock, which with nods to The Beatles and Martin Luther King, served as a paean to the principles of karma; [LISTEN].

Riff by Jon O'Brien

Jon O'Brien is a UK-based staff writer for SONGLYRICS. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Lancashire and has written thousands of biographies and reviews for Allmusic.com, among several other pieces for established music publications.

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