Use Me (Bill Withers song)

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"Use Me"
Single by Bill Withers
from the album Still Bill
Released 1972
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 3:45
Label Sussex Records
Writer(s) Bill Withers
Bill Withers singles chronology
"Lean on Me"
(1972)
"Use Me"
(1972)
"Friend of Mine" (1973)

"Use Me" is a song composed and originally recorded by Bill Withers, and was included on his 1972 album Still Bill. It is his second-biggest hit in the United States, released in September 1972, and later reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] "Use Me" also peaked at No. 2 on the soul chart for two weeks.[2] The song was certified Gold by the RIAA.[3]

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The singer complains about the advice of friends, who seem to have made it "their appointed duty" to talk the singer out of a romantic relationship that they see as one-sided, and where the singer is "used". But the singer has no doubt in wanting things to continue as they are, and implies that it is pleasurable enough to be "used" in that fashion that being "used up" completely would be welcome.

The singer goes on to describe telling a relative who urges resistance to being "walked on," that envy for the singer's circumstances would follow from really comprehending them.

The singer admits that some of the lover's behavior is abusive—for example, snubbing him when those of higher status, with whom the lover apparently seeks to curry favor, are present—but "when you love me", the singer "can't get enough".

Finally, as the song fades out, the singer admits to being used, but says that "it aint too bad the way you're using me, 'cause I sure am using you to do the things you do."

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 2

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A variety of artists have covered the song, including:

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