There Was a Time by The Jackson 5 is a song from the album Live at the Forum. Written by James Brown and Bud Hobgood.


There was a day, there was a time When I used to play There was a time when I used to play But take me now, baby, don't worry about later Teach the dance I used to do They call it the Mashed Potato

There was a day, now dig this There was a day, they call it the Jerk Everybody relax and watch me work

In my hometown where I used to stay The name of the place is Augusta, GA Down there we have a good time We don't talk We all get together in time, for rhythm with you So come and walk

There was a day that I used to do The name of the dance They call it Boogaloo I may not do the dance as well as you But baby, you can bet your bottom dollar That you never hear me holler I do the best that I can do

There was a time, sometimes I dance Sometimes I dance, sometimes I clown But you can bet you haven't seen nothing yet Until you see me do the James Brown

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