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"I Ran A Good Man Away"

Lacee (New Album Alert!)

Composed by Lamanuel Boykins, Jerry Flood & Lacy Reed





May 4, 2017: NEW ALBUM ALERT!

Sample/Buy Lacee's new MIND GONE CD at Amazon

Listen to Lacee singing "Mind Gone" on YouTube.

Track List:


1
Mind Gone
by Lacee

2
Cheating on Your Woman
by Lacee

3
Don't Come for Me
by Lacee

4
Three Way Love Affair
by Lacee & Willie Clayton

5
No Broke Man
by Lacee

6
Marry Me
by Lacee & Calvin Richardson

7
Who's Is It
by Lacee

8
Don't Let the Clean up Woman
by Lacee

9
Get It Together
by Lacee

10
Away from Him
by Lacee

11
Gotta Leave Gotta Go
by Lacee

12
Ladies Night
by Various artists

Listen to Lacee singing "Who's Is It" on YouTube.

Sample/Buy Lacee's MIND GONE CD at CD Express.

SouthernSoulRnB.com - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

January 27, 2017:

From Daddy B. Nice's BEST OF 2016:

Best Ballad: "Do You Think About Me?" by Wendell B. feat. Lacee

Listen to Wendell B. and Lacee singing "Do You Think About Me?" on YouTube.

SouthernSoulRnB.com - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

Daddy B. Nice's Original Critique:


"I Ran A Good Man Away," Lacee's break-out hit from her sophomore album, Lacee's Groove (Advantage), was an exceptional song when it was released as a single in 2009, and time has only proven it to be as good or better.

Several factors combine to make it a Southern Soul classic for the ages. The song brings together a great young songstress (incidentally, the title of Lacee's debut CD, Songstress 2006, JEA), with a top-drawer composition.

The Memphis-based singer's delivery has the heft and clarity of Aretha Franklin or Tina Turner in their prime, or--more recently--the enormously popular singles of rock/folk singer Cheryl Crow.

"Ladies--"

Lacee begins--

"Can I tell you a story?
Can you listen
To what I have to say?

I want to tell you how
I ran a good man away.

I met this guy
Who showed me things,
Things I'd never seen.

The man was so good to me.
He treated me like a queen."

Like a great short story or novella, the whole of the tale is implied in those introductory words. The listener immediately senses the trajectory of the narrative. What did the heroine do to mess up this ideal situation?

Listen to Lacee singing "I Ran A Good Man Away" on YouTube while you read.

"You see, I came with a lot of baggage
From my past.
I had been with a few other guys
Who mistreated me so bad.

But there was one other guy
That stayed in my head.
He really didn't mean me no good.
He was just good in bed."

You don't have to be a detective to know Lacee's heroine is skating on thin ice, and Lacee throws out the lyrics with a passion that brooks no inattention.

In a 2006 interview with Heikki Suosalo of "Soul Express," in reply to a question about her influences, Lacee noted:

"Patti LaBelle! I love Patti LaBelle. All through school I would do Patti LaBelle, and I would do some Gladys Knight, but Patti--I love her. And I got to add my mom, too. She was ingenious in her own way.

"I learned music from my mom. She was a dynamic gospel singer, and my father was a pastor, a preacher of a church. I owe it all to my mother. She taught me everything."

You can hear echoes of Patti LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade"--

"Mmm Hmmm Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Here. . . "

--in the conversational tone and no-nonsense immediacy of "I Ran A Good Man Away." The song is compact, a scant three minutes, which further amplifies its power. None of its strengths are dissipated in an extra two minutes of needless repetitions, as is so frequently the case with chart-aspiring Southern Soul singles.

"So here I was, ladies,
Lying to my man at home.
Going behind his back
To be with the man
I know did me wrong."

The guitar hook is a key component. As Lacee sings, the guitar fills in with special poignancy and taste on the song's linchpin stanza:

"One day he pulled up in his car,
Saw me with the other guy.
He said he'd followed me
For quite some time,
And he drove away
With tears in his eyes."

And so the domestic parable comes to its succinct and bitter end.

"I ran a good man away.
I know I made a mistake."

You could throw a blanket over it--you could pour a chute full of ready-mix cement over it--and you couldn't muffle the message in "I Ran A Good Man Away,"

"Lacee's Groove," the title tune from the album featuring Lacee's "I Ran A Good Man Away," can't boast the same compositional excellence as "Ran A Good Man Away," but Lacee's vocal expertise carries over, making the mid-tempo rocker an interesting bookend.

Listen to Lacee singing "Lacee's Groove" while you read.

The remix of "Lacee's Groove"--included on the LACEE'S GROOVE album--is also noteworthy, adding some hiphop-flavored synthesizer fills that accentuate its rhythmic appeal.

Lacee's Groove is without a doubt Lacee's finest CD. Her debut disc, Songstress, while showing much promise, was an uneven effort without a true chitlin' circuit anthem on the level of "I Ran A Good Man Away" or even "Lacee's Groove." It captures a young singer searching for her style, experimenting with everything from urban R&B to lightly-flavored hiphop to tentative Southern Soul.

Lacee's third CD, Soulful, just out in 2011 (as this critique is being written), on first impression bears more similarity to the variety and urban-r&b experimentation of the SONGSTRESS CD than to the mainline Southern Soul of LACEE'S GROOVE.

(Scroll down to "Tidbits #1 below to sample two songs from the new album featured on YouTube.)

--Daddy B. Nice


About Lacee (New Album Alert!)

Lacy Yvonne Reed was born in Memphis, Tennessee on July 1st in the early seventies. After winning competitions which showcased her talent, Lacee's professional career began as a background singer for Little Milton, which led to contributions to work by Memphis's Archie Love and J. Blackfoot, Shalamar's Howard Hewett and gospel singer Stevenson Clark.

Recorded at Archie Love's Loveland studios in Memphis and produced by Love and Sam Fallie, "Songstress"--Lacee's debut CD--was published in 2006 on JEA label.

Her second CD, "Lacee's Groove," appeared in 2009 on the Advantage label. The album spawned two popular chitlin' circuit singles, the title tune and "I Ran A Good Man Away."

"Songful," Lacee's third CD, was released in 2011, also on Advantage.

"Beautiful" (Advantage) was released in 2014.

"Mind Gone" (Advantage) was released in 2017.


Song's Transcendent Moment

"So here I was, ladies,
Lying to my man at home.
Going behind his back
To be with the man
I know did me wrong."


Tidbits

1.


October 27, 2011:

Listen to Lacee singing "Can't Say No" on YouTube.

Listen to Lacee singing "Don't You Hate It" on YouTube.

2.


September 29, 2011:

Lacee was given prominent mention in Daddy B. Nice's year-end review of Southern Soul in 2009 as follows:

The best lines of the year came from Lacee Reed's "I Ran A Good Man Away"--also one of the best titles of the year.

"You see, I came with
A lot of baggage from my past.
I had been with a few other guys
Who mistreated me so bad."


3.

More Lacee on YouTube:

Listen to Lacee and Wendell B. singing "Do You Think About Me?" on YouTube.

Listen to Lacee singing "Move Something" on YouTube.

Listen to Lacee singing "Who's Is It" on YouTube.

Listen to Lacee singing "Sex You Up" on YouTube.

Listen to Lacee singing "Juice Lips" on YouTube.

Listen to Lacee and Tucka singing "Move Something (Remix)" on YouTube.


If You Liked. . . You'll Love

If you liked Tina Turner's version of "Proud Mary," you'll love Lacee's "I Ran A Good Man Away."




Honorary "B" Side

"Lacee's Groove"



5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy I Ran A Good Man Away by  Lacee (New Album Alert!)
I Ran A Good Man Away


CD: Lacee's Groove
Label: Advantage

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Lacee's Groove


5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy Lacee's Groove by  Lacee (New Album Alert!)
Lacee's Groove


CD: Lacee's Groove
Label: Advantage

Sample or Buy
Lacee's Groove


5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars 
Sample or Buy Give It To Me by  Lacee (New Album Alert!)
Give It To Me


CD: Soulful
Label: Advantage



4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy Lacee's Groove (Remix) by  Lacee (New Album Alert!)
Lacee's Groove (Remix)


CD: Lacee's Groove
Label: Advantage

Sample or Buy
Lacee's Groove


4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy Sex You Up by  Lacee (New Album Alert!)
Sex You Up


CD: Lacee's Groove
Label: Advantage

Sample or Buy
Lacee's Groove


4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 
Sample or Buy Sweetest Hangover by  Lacee (New Album Alert!)
Sweetest Hangover


CD: Songstress
Label: JEA

Sample or Buy
Songstress


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Can't Say No by  Lacee (New Album Alert!)
Can't Say No


CD: Soulful

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Soulful


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Don't You Hate It by  Lacee (New Album Alert!)
Don't You Hate It


CD: Soulful
Label: Advantage

Sample or Buy
Soulful


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Juicy Lips by  Lacee (New Album Alert!)
Juicy Lips


CD: Lacee's Groove
Label: Advantage

Sample or Buy
Lacee's Groove


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Ooh Wee (w/ Archie Love) by  Lacee (New Album Alert!)
Ooh Wee (w/ Archie Love)


CD: Songstress
Label: JEA

Sample or Buy
Songstress


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right by  Lacee (New Album Alert!)
Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right


CD: Songstress
Label: JEA

Sample or Buy
Songstress


3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars 
Sample or Buy Why You Want To Make Me Clown by  Lacee (New Album Alert!)
Why You Want To Make Me Clown


CD: Lacee's Groove
Label: Advantage

Sample or Buy
Lacee's Groove


2 Stars 2 Stars 
Sample or Buy I'm In Over My Head by  Lacee (New Album Alert!)
I'm In Over My Head


CD: Soulful
Label: JEA

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Songstress


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