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#SongLyricsSunday is All About “Shame” by the 90s R&B Duo Zhané

It’s #SongLyricsSunday! This week’s prompt is finding a song with a single-word title. I quickly looked at the Favorites list on my Spotify and Zhané’s remake of the 1970s tune “Shame”. Who originally sang “Shame” and who wrote it? Find out below!

Back in Your Arms

Zhané

Zhané (pronounced as jay-nah) released a 90s update to the Evelyn “Champagne” King tune “Shame”. Released in 1994, Zhané’s version was featured in the soundtrack for the Keenen Ivory Wayans movie A Low Down Dirty Shame. Their version was featured on many charts:#9 on the Top 40/Rhythm-Crossover, #13 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, #27 on the Mainstream Top 40, #28 on the Hot 100, #31 on the Hot 100 Airplay, and #46 on the Hot Dance Club Songs.

The song was written by John H. Fitch Jr. and Reuben Cross. John H. Fitch Jr. wrote a handful of songs for Evelyn “Champagne” King as well as other artists in the 70s and 80s. The same goes for Reuben Cross.

I am a big fan of Zhané’s version because I am a sucker for 90s’ R&B, especially when new jack swing is involved. How about you, what version do you prefer: Evelyn “Champagne” King’s original, Zhané’s remake, or Kim Wilde’s version?

Make sure to check out Zhané’s “Shame” down below and let me know what you think in the comments!

The original version by Evelyn “Champagne” King:

Kim Wilde also released a dance version of the song in 1996:


The Lyrics for Zhane’s “Shame”

Shame
(Uh, lowdown dirty shame)
(Kicking it live like it ain’t no thang)
(Yeah, lowdown dirty shame)
(Kicking it live like it ain’t no thang)

Shame
(Uh, lowdown dirty shame)
(Kicking it live like it ain’t no thang)
(Yeah, lowdown dirty shame)
(Kicking it live like it ain’t no thang)
Shame, ooh
Kicking it live
Like it ain’t no thang
Shame, oh, yeah
It’s a low and dirty shame
Oh, baby, baby (shame)

Burning
Keep my whole body yearning
You’ve got me so confused
It’s a shame, ooh
Sometimes I think I’m going insane
But still, I wanna stay
Wrapped in your arms
(In your arms)
Is where I wanna be
(Where I ought to be)
Wrapped in your arms
(Back in your arms)
That’s my high

Shame, ooh
My mother thinks
You’re playing a game
And what you do to me
Is a shame
Ooh, gonna love you just the same
But mama just don’t understand

Back in your arms
(Back in your arms)
Is where I wanna be
(Is where I wanna be)
That’s where I got to be
Back in your arms
(Back in your arms)
That’s my high
(That is my high)

Well, I can’t get enough, baby
Enough of your magic touch
Love is in my heart, yeah
Tearing the rules apart
So why should I feel shame
Ooh, I said only love
Can be to blame
If we lose our love

It’s a shame
Ooh, I wouldn’t wanna
Live with the pain
I wanna stay forever

Back in your arms
(Back in your arms)
Is where I wanna be
(Is where I wanna be)
(It’s where I ought to be)
Back in your arms
(Back in your arms)
That’s my high
(That is my high)

Shame
It’s so dirty
Lowdown dirty shame
(Shame)
It’s a shame, baby
Said it’s a shame, baby
It’s a shame, baby
Said it’s a shame, baby

(Shame)
It’s a shame, baby
It’s a shame, baby
Driving me insane
I don’t want no more
(Shame) ooh, ooh
I said only love can bring you pain
And when we lose our love
It’s a shame
Well, I wouldn’t wanna
Live with the pain
I said I wanna stay forever

(Shame)
Oh, my darling
Oh, my darling
It’s such a shame
Baby, it’s such a shame
(Shame)
It’s a shame that I love you so
Keep me burning
You keep me yearning…


The Rules

If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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#SongLyricsSunday is All About "Shame" by the 90s R&B Duo Zhané

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Jim Adams

    I remember seeing the Keenen Ivory Wayans movie A Low Down Dirty Shame and you picked a nice song for this prompt Amy. Jean Norris and Renee Neufville make up Zhané and they are really good. Evelyn also sounds really nice.

  2. Christine Bolton

    Good song! Thanks for sharing it ☺️

  3. Neely

    Oh I had not heard this song! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Stephanie

    I love 90s music, too! I remember this song. I haven’t heard it in so long!

  5. Megan

    This song brings back memories of rollerskating with friends way back in the day. What a great song, made me want to relive those days.

  6. Kate

    I love music! I’d not heard this track before, but it was interesting to find out more about it.

  7. Joline

    Woah this definitely brought me back! I can’t believe Low Down Dirty Shame came out almost 30 years ago now.

  8. Agnes

    90’s music is one of the best music of all time! Thing brought me back to my high school days haha!

  9. Dominique Brooks

    I remember Zhane! I do remember this song too — both Evelyn’s version and their version. I liked this version by Zhane but my favorite song by them is still “Ney Mr. DJ”. Am I telling my age? LOL

  10. There’s always a lot of work that comes into to writing a song and this one’s great to read about!

  11. FINALLY A SONG I KNOW!! I haven’t heard this song in years. Zhane is so underrated. Love this movie and this song.

  12. Franze Garcia

    I have heard zhane before and I easily fell in love with their genre.

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