Curtis Mayfield - Kung Fu Lyrics




Our days of comfort, days of night
Don't put yourself in solitude
Who can I trust with my life
When people tend to be so rude?

My mama borned me in a ghetto
There was no mattress for my head
But, no, she couldn't call me Jesus
I wasn't white enough, she said

And then she named me, (y'all), Kung Fu
Don't have to explain it, no, Kung Fu
Don't know how you'll take it, (here), Kung Fu
I'm just trying to make it, (love), Kung Fu

I've got some babies and some sisters
My brother worked for Uncle Sam
It's just a shame, ain't it, Mister?
We being brothers of the damned

But loving brings about a difference
You are my love...I do believe
Shall we join hands for tomorrow?
Don't carry nothin' up your sleeve

Keep your head high, Kung Fu
I will 'til I die, yeah, Kung Fu
Don't be too intense, no, Kung Fu
Keep your common sense, yeah, Kung Fu

Don't be mistaken for a secret
There is no secret part of you
You bet your life if you think wicked (don't think wicked child)
Someone else is thinking wicked, too

Keep your head high, Kung Fu
I will 'til I die, yeah, Kung Fu
Don't be too intense, no, Kung Fu
Keep your common sense, yeah, Kung Fu

Our days of comfort, days of night
Don't put yourself in solitude
Who can I trust with my life
When people tend to be so rude?

My mama borned me in a ghetto
There was no mattress for my head
But, no, she couldn't name me Jesus
I wasn't white enough, she said

And then she named me, (y'all), Kung Fu
Don't have to explain it, no, Kung Fu
Don't know how you'll take it, (here), Kung Fu
I'm just trying to make it, (love), Kung Fu

(Y'all), Kung Fu
Yeah, Kung Fu





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Curtis Mayfield Kung Fu Comments
  1. Valenda Newell

    I'm bringing in the NEW YEAR (2020) playing all OLD SCHOOL MUSIC...starting the night off with some ICONIC grooves by the one and only CURTIS MAYFIELD (RIP)....RIGHT ON BROTHER!!

  2. McLaren Lamb

    As a Kung-Fu tracher, I approve of this song.

  3. Antonello Belmonte

    Funk is my energy: thank you Mr Mayfield and RIP...

  4. slint69

    Our days of comfort, days of night
    Don't put yourself in solitude
    Who can I trust with my life
    When people tend to be so rude?

    My mama borned me in a ghetto
    There was no mattress for my head
    But, no, she couldn't call me Jesus
    I wasn't white enough, she said

    And then she named me, (y'all), Kung Fu
    Don't have to explain it, no, Kung Fu
    Don't know how you'll take it, (here), Kung Fu
    I'm just trying to make it, (love), Kung Fu

    I've got some babies and some sisters
    My brother worked for Uncle Sam
    It's just a shame, ain't it, Mister?
    We being brothers of the damned

    But loving brings about a difference
    You are my love...I do believe
    Shall we join hands for tomorrow?
    Don't carry nothin' up your sleeve

    Keep your head high, Kung Fu
    I will 'til I die, yeah, Kung Fu
    Don't be too intense, no, Kung Fu
    Keep your common sense, yeah, Kung Fu


    Don't be mistaken for a secret
    There is no secret part of you
    You bet your life if you think wicked (don't think wicked child)
    Someone else is thinking wicked, too

    Keep your head high, Kung Fu
    I will 'til I die, yeah, Kung Fu
    Don't be too intense, no, Kung Fu
    Keep your common sense, yeah, Kung Fu


    Our days of comfort, days of night
    Don't put yourself in solitude
    Who can I trust with my life
    When people tend to be so rude?

    My mama borned me in a ghetto
    There was no mattress for my head
    But, no, she couldn't name me Jesus
    I wasn't white enough, she said

    And then she named me, (y'all), Kung Fu
    Don't have to explain it, no, Kung Fu
    Don't know how you'll take it, (here), Kung Fu
    I'm just trying to make it, (love), Kung Fu


    (y'all), Kung Fu
    Yeah, Kung Fu

  5. Corey Pierson

    I hear a Dj quick song in this song

  6. cathy thomas

    Just funky round here. 😂😂😂😂

  7. Sheeva Matimbas

    Damn even Bruce Lee would jam to this here tune

  8. INDIGENOUS SOUL

    Curty Curt Always Had a Soulful Message 4 Tha Folk

  9. The Master E Brooks

    Damn... Everything is like oh so GROOVY PROPHETIC in his reality that was poured into his style of R&B FUNK MUSIC creativity.... This shit is beyond natural talent. He left an endlessly priceless most valuable mark in a class of his own...RIP

  10. Chad Kelham

    That drum break @ 5:05...so golden.

  11. Dmitry

    gangsta isht

  12. kemo luciano

    Uncut funk

  13. Aissa Brahimi

    Definition of cool

  14. Las Vegas Nights

    *pimpin at its finest* 💯👍🏾🔥🚬😁

  15. Franklin Peacock

    Curtis……Genius of Cool….Nothing like it!!

  16. jntrefred

    Still here in 2019 King Curtis blessed us with this one 💪🏿funk on forever sir!

  17. Dale Wimbish

    RIPOWER MR.CURTIS MAYFIELD MR.IMPRESSION MOVE ON UP

  18. Blue Eye Bandit

    Gang starr / Nice girl wrong place 2003. From The Ownerz album R.I.P Guru.

  19. French Quarter Mike

    I favorite song of all times.. This is a true story for me...

  20. I YAM WHITE

    Growin up in the hood
    Yee meeyin 1984
    A little black kid came of age
    Popo joggin
    Eager to peel a cat
    I put ya quick to a nat
    Its the same old story
    Moms walk in to collect my woopin
    Livin fast on the wrong
    Side of the law
    Growing up in the hood

    Life aimed at nothing
    Drug bindgin and money
    Wear a hat if you're cold and hoarse
    Life
    Aimed
    Bindgin and money

    MCH8

  21. Christopher Hayes

    I was watching American Pimp and the part with Bishop Don Magic Juan is how I discovered this track.

  22. Nile Hawkins

    The bass, drums and funk is obligatory quintessential Curtis. BUT DON'T SLEEP ON THE LYRICS - Pay Attention. If what you consider music does not help you to be productive - IT'S NOISE. If you don't remember this cut , you missed it - "a terrible blow, but that's how it go.

  23. Santiago Augé

    Funk Fu or Kung Groove

  24. None None

    Original misic from the soul

  25. T Nelson

    2019 and I am still screaming "Yeah Muthafucka"!! On the hook, That's what it always seemed to need to be there!!

  26. William Lynn

    funk at it's finest the best of the best CM

  27. taino20

    Lyrics:


    Our days of comfort, days of night
    Don`t put yourself in solitude
    Who can I trust with my life
    When people tend to be so rude
    My mama borned me in a ghetto
    There was no mattress for my head
    But, no, she couldn`t call me Jesus
    I wasn`t white enough, she said
    And then she named me, Kung Fu
    Don`t have to explain it, no, Kung Fu
    Don`t know how you`ll take it, Kung Fu
    I`m just trying to make it, Kung Fu
    I`ve got some babys and some sisters
    My brother worked for Uncle Sam
    It`s just a shame, ain`t it, Mister
    We being brothers of the damned
    Keep your head high, Kung Fu
    I will til I die, yeah, Kung Fu
    Don`t be too intense, no, Kung Fu
    Keep your common sense, yeah, Kung Fu
    Don`t mistake life for a secret
    There is no secret part of you
    You bet your life if you think wicked
    Someone else is thinking wicked too
    My mama borned me in a ghetto
    There was no mattress for my head
    But, no, she couldn`t name me Jesus
    I wasn`t white enough, she said
    And then she named me, Kung Fu
    Don`t have to explain it, no, Kung Fu
    Don`t know how you`ll take it, Kung Fu
    I`m just trying to make it, Kung Fu

    Wayne Bryant

    All I can say is ,, amazing...
    Mr. Mayfield was soulful force.. lyrics is his proof...don't "don't have to explain it".

  28. Ron Carter

    Curtis was Funkhoppin 4Real

  29. CHEF TINO707

    Fuunnkkkkyyyyy!! I see why DJ QUIK used THIS!!

  30. Soul 70's Mike

    2nd II None - Be True To Yourself

  31. ralph williams

    Only thing near this level is P Funk, & they were a group. Curtis Mayfield is hands down the most complete package in music

  32. john phillips

    A true poet and teacher,he did it through music.

  33. Renard Atkins

    OK, man: Another day off, and spending several hours going through one of my favorite "spiritual" Rock\Soul-R&B artist, CURT MAYFIELD!
    Just one request, please (and I'm asking this of other YT media contributors): Please add the lyrics to at least some of Mr. Mayfield's songs, as the vocals are sometimes hard to follow, and it takes away from his legendary, super-powerful poetic and political messages!!!

  34. Oliver Mhango

    In this world where hate has become national what's better than your Brother Curtis, you foretold our today

  35. Shawn Williams

    I Love This Record '' Single ''

  36. Alexander briggs

    I feel like a drug dealer when I play this joint.

  37. sandra merriweather

    GREAT ! AWESOME MY MUSIC

  38. Tashawna Young

    Go head Curtis real shit here 2019 still bumping

  39. Daniel Dow

    Kung fu WOW... REALLY FUNKY AND GREAT SONG.

  40. Jeff Simpkins

    Kung Fu. circles. big small in out up down. continuous, neverending. each move leads into another. wing chun. don't forget the strikes.linear,centrifical,centrifugal ,velocity.mental,physical.

  41. Jeff Simpkins

    eat shit and die. the

  42. Jeff Simpkins

    don't trust those dogs,jeff.i don't fuckin trust anybody.when they say I don't give a fuck,its a catch phrase.i don't give a fuck because im incapable of giving a fuck.

  43. Tashawna Young

    Riding it that Cadillac song

  44. John John

    PIMP MUSIC.

  45. NoVerses ReadChaptersNigg

    "My mother brought me up in the ghetto.

    There was no mattress for my head.

    **SHE SAID YOU BET NOT CALL ON Jeeeeeesus; I WASNT WHITE ENOUGH SHE SAID"........**

    These elder brotha's wasnt going for that christ GARBAGE back then...
    #RealNiggahRightHerre

  46. David Ellis

    Not white enough to be named Jesus. What a great funky track. Only top 30. #1 urban.

  47. Alessio Roma

    🌍❤🎶🎶

  48. Torian Davis

    LA mission brought me here

  49. cindy johnson

    i love his voice !! this is my childhood

  50. Travis Stevens

    Prince ?

  51. Jevon Sykes

    I have never hit a women before in my life, but for some reason I feel like slapping some hoes...and I feel like I'm fine din a mafucka

  52. Nigel Rush

    Check the whole album ‘Sweet Exorcist’

  53. monitosr

    I wasn't dark enough she said

  54. Pearlie Dunn

    Kung Fu

  55. Cornelius Currie

    GGGOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDD DDDDDDDDDDDAAAMMMMNN!!!!!!

  56. Raffaele Viti

    pure rhythm

  57. Angel Perez

    Tú encima-Yako Muñoz

  58. Freaky J

    come on now this is the real deal wish shit was goin down like this today!?

  59. Mark Edwards

    second to none
    be true to yourself
    sample

  60. Queen Khalifa

    Second 2 None

  61. Christopher Cassata

    If you disliked this funk you should just go home and lock yourself in your room and never show your face again....The sick Chicago funk......

  62. gmoneyhollywood

    This is the Joint! Mayfield was one of most powerful songwriters in Music History. He's was so Poetic. This is Masterpiece.

  63. Tashawna Tashawnaa

    This that Cadillac shit riding on the e way

  64. Khalil Petrey

    That's my boy I was born in 84 wit that old soul

  65. Andrew j wheeler jr

    now this this right here is definitely funky too the Max I say do ya hear me my brothers and sisters all over the world funky i tell you goodness oh gracious me I truly miss those days my family as a whole jam too this classic gem of a tune and other gems just like it well you all out there take good care of yourselves and each well I,m brother Andrew jr and I wish you love peace and sooooouuuullllll peace everybody😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉.

  66. B. Rod Clark

    'Growing Up In The Hood' by Compton's Most Wanted ('91) and 'Be True To Yourself' by 2nd II None ('91)

  67. Darnnera Jeromeo

    awesome

  68. nyebots

    Where has this song been all my life? If music was Mount Everest, Curtis Mayfield reach the top with this cut.

  69. Raw Nasty

    Rip Curtis Mayfield

  70. Himansu Patel

    Great feedback confirms what a tune this.
    The Genius Mr Curtis Mayfield in his element.
    Dont have to explain it ? KUNG FU !!!

  71. youtoo293

    CAN'T BELIEVE I USED TO PASS BY CABRINI GREEN UP IN THE MIDWEST!

  72. Jason Capps

    JASONISM Original Gods and Goddesses, Ancient Aliens in Layline Portals, Vortexes Portals, Reaptlian Bloodlines

  73. Jason Capps

    JASONISM The belief in more than one God or Goddesses Rh.neggative Ab o Bloodlines of the Gods

  74. Stefan Reich

    KUNG FU!

  75. youngforever2130

    wax only of power 106 brought me here

  76. Arbi Alexander

    the drum break starts at 5:05

  77. Jorge Alberto Perez Duran

    the master funk classic jam

  78. Solid E

    shit now I know where Prince got it from...

    bamadla

    Ss-sh-ssh, keep a lid on it. Be quiet 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    Phillip Burns

    Damn thanks man you are right.. I just now realized the similarities.

    Stanley Fields

    Solid E this jam Kung Fu wow takes me back when I was a 9 years old youngun. I'ma stay fan I'ma fan goin expire afan peace.

  79. Derek J

    30 millions later my future favors the legendary status of a hip hop rhyme savior

  80. Spanishdog17

    The bassline is so good!

  81. libertarianation1

    now this real soul....Brothers of the same damn.

  82. Cameron Brown

    the ism bought me here

  83. Nick Rodriguez

    Music is timeless, and he is still missed.

    Stanley Fields

    Nick Ro.driguez

  84. john moore

    that bass line is Gothic. u don't need to rest,u still playing Mr.Mayfield

  85. Grooveskin

    This Here

  86. Mustafa Yusuf Ali

    real soul power rest in peace Curtis Mayfield.🌞 tribe

  87. rondmc44

    2nd II None sampled this for their "Be true To Yourself"...

    jr ento

    rondmc44 Yep and so did Comptons Most Wanted on the Growing Up In The Hood (Remix)

  88. Taqiy Taqit

    good ol' skool muzik

  89. Pete Refour

    So gangster, smooth, funky, pimpish, real, soulful, 70s and Hard all in one groove!

  90. Eddie Bradley

    PREACH BROTHER !

  91. Chris Ramsbottom Isherwood

    Black Seed spawn funk....funk throw out junk....white punk. JESUS

  92. CHEF TINO707

    Real muthafuckin' muzick!!!

  93. Noel Openda

    Curtis the icon RIP

  94. atom

    King of the funk IMO.

  95. David Basnight

    This song is so fuckin hard. Whoa. Never authentic music like that.

  96. Andre Montue

    wicked smooth!!!