Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, funk and R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions and composing the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film Superfly. From these works and others, he was highly regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music. He was also a bassist, pianist, saxophonist and drummer.

  1. "Our purpose is to educate as well as to entertain. Painless preaching is as good a term as any for what we do. If you're going to come away from a party singing the lyrics of a song, it is better that you sing of self-pride like 'We're a Winner' instead of 'Do the Boo-ga-loo!'"
  2. quoted in The Sociology of Rock by Simon Frith, 1978, ISBN 0094602204
  3. Now is always the right time
  4. With something positive in your mind
  5. Whenever someone pulls you down
  6. Just get back up and hold your ground.
  7. ...
  8. Summer, winter, fall just go
  9. Through the rain and through the snow.
  10. Just get on back to living again...right on.
  11. 'Back to Living Again', New World Order, 1996
  12. Don't worry - if there's a hell below, we all gonna go.
  13. '(Don't Worry) If There's Hell Below We're All Going To Go', Curtis
  14. Move on up
  15. towards your destination
  16. Though you may find
  17. from time to time
  18. Complications
  19. 'Move On Up', Curtis
  20. Oooh, Superfly
  21. You're gonna make your fortune by and by
  22. But if you lose, don't ask no questions why
  23. The only game you know is do or die
  24. 'Superfly', Superfly
  25. I was someone more
  26. Because I was no one poor
  27. To find that I too was down on my knees.
  28. I'm just homeless.
  29. 'Homeless', Take It To The Streets
  30. Why can't we brothers
  31. Protect one another?
  32. 'Freddie's Dead', Superfly