Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
|"Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"|
|Single by Sly and the Family Stone|
|from the album Greatest Hits|
|A-side||"Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"|
|B-side||"Everybody Is a Star"|
|Sly and the Family Stone singles chronology|
"Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" is a 1969 song recorded by Sly and the Family Stone. The song, released as a double A-side single with "Everybody Is a Star", reached number one on the soul single charts for five weeks, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 19 song of 1970.
"Thank You" was intended to be included on an in-progress album with "Star" and "Hot Fun in the Summertime"; the LP was never completed, and the three tracks were instead included on the band's 1970 Greatest Hits LP. "Thank You" and "Star," the final Family Stone recordings issued in the 1960s, marked the beginning of a 20-month gap of releases from the band, which would finally end with the release of "Family Affair" in 1971.
The song's length on the original hit single and the Greatest Hits LP is 4:48 and was re-channeled to simulate stereo on the popular Greatest Hits LP. The previously unreleased full-length version (6:18) was mixed by Bob Irwin in true stereo and its only issue was on a 1990 Columbia promotional CD Legacy: Music For The Next Generation. On the subsequent (and currently available as of 2013) The Essential Sly & The Family Stone 2-CD set, the track is in stereo but is the standard 4:48 length hit version.
The title is an intentional mondegreen for "thank you for letting me be myself again." The third verse contains specific references to the group's previous hit songs, "Dance To The Music" "Everyday People," "Sing a Simple Song," and "You Can Make It If You Try." The song features co-lead vocals from Sly Stone, Rose Stone, Freddie Stone, and Larry Graham.
Sly and the Family Stone revisited "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" in a slower pace as "Thank You for Talkin' to Me, Africa", the closing track of 1971's There's a Riot Goin' On.
The first act to cover "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" was the Jazz Crusaders, whose version was the first track on their Old Socks New Shoes New Socks Old Shoes album released in October 1970.
The family gospel quartet The Williams Brothers, included a version of the song on their 1985 Malaco Records release Blessed.
The song has been covered by many other acts, including The Jackson 5, Widespread Panic, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Victor Wooten, Dave Matthews & Friends, the Dave Matthews Band, Magazine, Merl Saunders & the Rainforest Band and Prince (specially when on the stage with Larry Graham). UK hip hop act Big Brovaz covered the song for use in the Warner Bros. film Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. They also sampled the song to create the theme song for the movie, "We Wanna Thank You (The Things You Do)". Gladys Knight and the Pips and several others have also covered the song. Van Morrison performed an expanded version of the song in a medley with "See Me Through" and "Soldier of Fortune" on his album A Night in San Francisco. Rapper Vanilla Ice also sampled "Thank You" as part of the soundtrack to his film, Cool as Ice.
Janet Jackson used a sample for her 1989 hit single "Rhythm Nation".
The song appeared in 2007 during the closing credits of "Shrek the Third", as performed by Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas).
The Rolling Stones rehearsed the song in May 2007 in Vilvoorde, Belgium before their A Bigger Bang Eur07 Tour, but the song was not performed in concert.
Dave Matthews Band performed the song numerous times on their 2008 summer tour. It was often featured as the final song of the encore. It was released on Live Trax Vol. 13, from St. Louis, Missouri, and also on Live at Mile High Music Festival, from their set in Commerce City, Colorado. It was the last song LeRoi Moore performed as a member of Dave Matthews Band. That performance of the song is featured on Live Trax Vol. 14.
In 2009, the song was frequently sampled during performances of "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" on the North American leg of U2's 360 Tour in support of their album No Line on the Horizon.
Richard Ashcroft regularly uses the sample at the end of live performances: he typically tags the sample onto the end of "Bitter Sweet Symphony" as a way of thanking the crowd for their support.
- Co-lead vocals by Sly Stone, Rose Stone, Freddie Stone, and Larry Graham
- Guitar by Freddie Stone and Sly Stone
- Bass by Larry Graham1
- Drums by Greg Errico
- Horns by Jerry Martini (tenor saxophone) and Cynthia Robinson (trumpet)
- Written and produced by Sly Stone (Stewart Sylvester)
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