I want to dedicate this song to all the lovers tonight...
So starts Bobby Womack's hit slow jam, "If You Think You're Lonely Now." This song has all of the ingredients for a hearty helping of classic soul love gumbo. Spoken intro? Check. Preaching and testifying? Check. A good beat you can slow drag to? Check. Lyrics about a lost love? Double check. But this isn't your typical "please, baby, please" love song. Oh no, my brother, you have to find another song for all that mushy stuff. Instead, Womack goes hard on "If You Think You're Lonely Now." The former gospel singer admonishes his ungrateful former lover that if she is feeling alone in the daytime, then just wait until night falls and she rolls over onto cold sheets instead of a warm body. Well!
Found on his 1981 release, The Poet, "If You Think You're Lonely Now" is the album's most notable track. A staple on Quiet Storm playlists, I actually rediscovered this song after K-Ci of Jodeci fame remade it in 1994 for the film Jason's Lyric. He sang a damn good rendition complete with his signature "Baby, yeah" ad libs, but Bobby has the definitive version on lock. Let the church say amen.
Bobby Womack: "If You Think You're Lonely Now"