Curtis Mayfield - To Be Invisible Lyrics




To be invisible
Will be my claim to fame
A man with no name
That way, I won't have to feel the pain

Indispensable
Just a plain old human being
Today, don't mean a thing
In a world that's so mean

A world that seems not for me
So privately, I'll be invisible
That way, I won't have to explain a thing, if you know what I mean
I won't even have to be here, on the scene

It's so ridiculous
But the strife and the bliss
Will go right on through, right on through me
To have missed

All the things that hurt your soul
No one would ever know
They'd never know

Life so preciously
Just don't seem to be
As free as they claim freedom to be

Things are going fast
To have found that all is in the past
To have to take what you can get
Sure can make a heart upset

Inconspicuous
I must behave myself
For somebody else
Who may have a little fame, fortune and wealth

It's so ridiculous
But the strife and the bliss
Will go right on through, right on through me
To have missed

A world that seems not for me
So privately, I'll be invisible
That way, I won't have to explain a thing, if you know what I mean
I won't even have to be here, on the scene

It's so ridiculous
But the strife and the bliss
Will go right on through, right on through me
To have missed

All the things that hurt your soul
No one would ever know
They'd never know

Life so preciously
Just don't seem to me
As free as they claim freedom to be

Things are going fast
To have found that all is in the past
To have to take what you can get
Sure can make a heart upset

So I'll be invisible
Invisible
Invisible





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  1. Basil Shahiyd

    Doesn't get any prettier than this!!
    Genius Unmatched!

  2. Ryan J. Schneider

    We need Curtis now more than ever...

  3. Jesse Douglas

    To Be Invisible Something We As Black People's Should Think About Living In America A Country That So Mean A Country That Peace Want Stand Still For You And I To Be Invisible Now They Are Shooting US In Our Own Home To Be Invisible.

  4. arthur workman

    whether Gladys Knight or Curtis this song touches the soul in ways you couldn't comprehend. His lyrics are so deep. But when Gladys sang it she put a whole new perspective on it.

    MsTexas73

    When you listen to both versions, you see the situation from both the man and the woman's perspective. If we put it in perspective of the movie Claudine, then it REALLY all makes sense to hear both versions. You get not only Claudine's perspective; but Rupert's as well.

  5. Sheila Palmer

    Ilove his voice

  6. Sheila Palmer

    He was gifted

  7. Sheila Palmer

    Imiss him

  8. Sheila Palmer

    He was a genius

  9. Sheila Palmer

    He was so underrated

  10. Kevin Byrd

    Charlie Wilson

  11. Curtis Ball

    Like all Curtis Mayfield's greatest songs, I interpret this one to also be about an uncaring gov't that is not "for the people"...a gov't to whom we are still invisible.

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  14. deputy dogg

    mmmh. hmmmmm

  15. Wendell Williams

    A musical genius! Lyrics tear at your soul. Gladys matches his songs as well!

  16. fluid wings

    Hurt so bad, you want to disappear, that's pain!

  17. Corea Kixx

    ...speaking of Monster EPICS!!!

  18. d mcgrady

    Absolutely class. Curtis Mayfield. You my friend was a gift.

  19. Kerry Young

    This song saved my life. Kwy

  20. d mcgrady

    Curtis Mayfield. Thank you . You my friend are pure class.

  21. 94110mission

    In these days where social media rules, this song takes on new meaning. If one is not on any major social media platform, one is "invisible" to most people. For us who value privacy, who want no part of this social media circus, it's never been easier "To Be Invisible." Just opt out of participating.

  22. Theron English

    To set the record straight--Curtis wrote the song and gave it to Gladys for her movie---She added her soulful voice--Curtis was more of a folks song style--Been a Curtis Mayfield and Impressions fan since 1960--My favorite group.

  23. Jason, Christopher Capps

    Jason Society's Illuminati third Eye sKundlian Jasons psychic age JccGolden fleeces Beilif in more than one God Jcc

  24. Wendell Williams

    Curtis's inflections are priceless. He matches gladys knight perfectly.

  25. DreamWarrior

    I never noticed this till now but he put the beginning of To Be Invisible's lyrics on the cover of the album

  26. AFRIKAJUMP WORLDWIDE

    DAMN. You are epic my man.

  27. Respector of Women

    poignant

  28. Marcus Boykin

    All the things that hurt me soooooo things are going fast

  29. James and Joan Thomas

    GOD gave this man our brother the shit !

  30. Helen Leach

    CURTIS, Genius Songwriter, i Iinstrumentalist & Singer

  31. Mitchell Family

    To Be Invisible...

  32. RH Transport

    I do understand what he saying. Deep.

  33. ghinso1967

    This is a toss up. Gladys and Curtis nailed it.

  34. Tina Hancock

    true song

  35. DN JAZZ

    When Curtis wrote this he was speaking  for a 10 year old girl growing up in the projects of Philly.... She's not invisible anymore Curtis, Thank you and God Bless your soul for I know you are flying with the angels!

    schmatever

    Really? I have loved this song for the past 30 years and know all the lyrics... i never managed to locate the meaning or why he wrote it... thanks

    DN JAZZ

    +schmatever.... Oh yes. Listen closely! Anyone  child who ever felt they didn't fit in  or the things society requires you do to fit in... Yes, that was my interpretation........ Love it love it!

    schmatever

    @DN JAZZ No doubt you totally relate. Have been reading Curtis' new biog written by his son. I actually believe the lyrics mainly refer to growing up in grinding poverty which Curtis did. I'm pretty sure that this is what he's talking about. But knowing him, he would probably totally emphathise with you too.

    DN JAZZ

    @schmatever, Those lyrics are so powerful. I agree with you in regards to growing up in poverty however, for me he spoke directly to the "so called" standards required to be a part of society. I'll be 58 the end of this month and still refuse to conform... I'm not selling my soul to fit into what they deem acceptable!  My belief is that there is some beauty in all things, everyone deserves to be loved and accepted for who they are and it shouldn't come with a price tag!  I'm going to purchase his son's bio, I'm certain it's deep! Love this man!..... We people, who are darker than blue, are you going to hang around and let what others say come true! Whew, the brother was way ahead of his time.

  36. Brandon Lott

    WOW. My soul weeps because of how true this is. What a genius. Thank you Curtis.

  37. joker87wild

    THE REAL DEAL CURTIS MAY-FIELD.....

  38. Emilio Vecchio

    bpm of this song?? I'm getting 113??

  39. maloyaable

    Curtis Mayfield & his team, made some timeless music. He shared a gift with us & we realize it through the music he made...

    Brandon Lott

    maloyaable true. He blessed us with all his knowledge through music.

  40. KingATscopeZ

    R.I.P Curtis Mayfield and enjoy it for eternity.

  41. Erle Murphy

    This song is so defining. It touches the depth of my heart. I miss brother Curtis too.

  42. Helen Walker

    Means so very much to me!

  43. Brad Hill

    Curtis sure gets into the emotions....

  44. DRUGS BEATS

    i dont think we actually paid attention to the message....this is a message of wel fare tearing down the black home...him having to not be on the scene was something they thought was better when the state stepped inn...not knowing they had planned to turn his sister against him.

  45. James Jones

    What a beautiful and poignant song. Curtis Mayfield was a genius. Miss him so much.

  46. steven reid

    One of the greats! .. Badly underrated

    ALPHONSO KENNON

    Thanks. From me. A. Very. Spiritual. Man.

  47. gerald dobbins

    I can't make up my mind if I like it better by him or Gladys Knight. Go head Curtis

    yescarycan

    Well I'll make up your mind for you . You like Curtis version more because he has the right temperament for this song . Gladys was "sangin" but Curtis was feeling .

    Shon Mosley

    yescarycan Well put!!

  48. Marion Taylor

    I       AM   ....     N---A---U---T---I---L---U---S      HIGH     S--O--C---I---E---T--Y   !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!      A-B-B-A  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     AMEN.    

  49. Marlon Young

    Really true and very deep!

  50. Gareth Thomas

    So true. It's so ridiculous. And we're always the humble ones

  51. Shambox2012

    Still baffled at how he not only came up with this stuff, but managed to put it all together in such a cohesive way. A genius.

  52. TERRY PLOWDEN

    you have to have been there to know...right after nam...make love not war...America was still screwed up...cultural divide...as well as class....the big shots were full of it...Nixon was pres....I was stoned ands really lost(don't do drugs) AND THAT WAS THE FEEL OF THINGS....TO UNSEEN...BUT PRESENT....of a brain.

  53. Joshua Nicholls

    god really broke the mold making a man like Curtis, this song reduces me to tears such a scary track from The Man

  54. Michael Ryan

    Your not stuck in the past.You just like Good Music.

  55. KING GOLDIE

    UNDERSTAND.

  56. S. Baltimore Jones

    I grew up with curtis mayfield, to have found thats all not in the past, I will be invisible.

  57. slimwezzae

    When I heard this song for the first time it change my Life.

  58. tiffany jones

    this is how i feel sometimes cause if i was invisible i wouldnt have to feel any pain. And people wouldnt be abe to hurt me cause they wouldnt be able to see me so be invisible is my claim to fame. thank u curtis love u

  59. kuongjah7

    Damn you Curtis!

  60. Michele Trevisiol

    Forever love Curtis!!!

  61. jorge alba

    FUCK YOU CURTIS! FUCK YOU FOR MAKING ME CRY :')

    Robert Knight

    jorge alba love. U

    Wendell Williams

    I said it too! Beautiful pain!

  62. Susanne Meuser

    What a wonderful song. Did not know it before. Thank you so much for posting it on youtube.

  63. gary kelly

    Curtis Mayfield was deeper than Deep!

  64. Camryn Crider

    i love your vids! I love curtis!

  65. tyrone porter

    GREAT!!!!!!

    Oliver Mhango

    Great message especially for us in Africa where we are becoming invisible despite our so called freedom

  66. DreamWarrior

    thanks alot for loving true music!

    Ronald Robinson

    DreamWarrior I'm

  67. almin ali

    THE MAN OUR BROTHER CURTIS MAYFIELD ONE LOVE YOU WRITER TAKE NOTES( WE PEOPLE WHO ARE DARKER THEN BLUE)