CREEP by TLC

November 16, 2022

Few can forget TLC’s “Creep” as a marker for where they were in 1991 when the song blared from radios and music players everywhere. The early nineties represented huge shifts in the music industry as independent record producers from mo-town, and others started conceptualizing the kinds of bands that would sell albums. Videos emerged as a new way of enjoying music and popularized MTV and VH1. With the associated glamor of videos on TV, groups like TLC were developed as stage acts that could also make music videos.

TLC started out with the name Second Pleasure with Tionne Watkins, Lisa Lopes, and Crystal Jones as original members. The name Second Pleasure changed to TLC after the three members’ first names. Meanwhile, Watkins worked at a salon where an up-and-coming singer and producer also worked. This friend arranged an audition for a top record producer, who thought Jones wasn’t good enough for TLC’s marketing. TLC found the replacement in Rozonda Thomas.

Fun Facts:

  • After signing Thomas to the group, TLC didn’t represent first names anymore, so their manager came up with nicknames for them.
  • Tionne Watkins was “T-Boz,” Lisa Lopes was “Left-Eye,” and Rozonda Thomas was “Chili.”
  • “Creep” is on the band’s second album, CrazySexyCool.
  • Four songs from their second album, including “Creep,” were hit singles. The other three are “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs,” and “Unpretty.”
  • All four singles hit number one on the Billboard Charts
  • TLC’s debut album is Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip. It sold 2.5 million copies.
  • CrazySexyCool sold 15 million copies making TLC the first all-female band to reach diamond status.

Lyrics 

Yes it’s me again

And I’m back

Oh I oh I oh I yeah

Oh I oh I oh I baby

Oh I oh I oh I yeah

The 22nd of loneliness and we’ve been through so many things

I love my man with all honesty, but I know he’s cheating on me

I look him in his eyes but all he tells me is lies to keep me near

I’ll never leave him down

Though I might mess around

It’s only ’cause I need some affection

So I creep, yeah, just keep it on the down low

Said nobody is supposed to know

So I creep, yeah, cause he doesn’t know what I do

And no attention goes to show, oh so I creep

The 23rd of loneliness, and we don’t talk like we used to do

Now it seems pretty strange, but I’m not buggin’

‘Cause I still feel the same, yeah, yeah

I’ll keep giving loving till the day he pushes me away

Never go astray

If he knew the things I did

He couldn’t handle it

And I choose to keep him protected, oh

So I creep, yeah, just keep it on the down-low

Said nobody is supposed to know

So I creep, yeah, ’cause he doesn’t know what I do

And no attention goes to show, oh

So I creep, yeah, just keep it on the down-low

(I think about us baby all the time)

Said nobody is supposed to know

(But you know that I’m gonna need some attention, yeah, yeah)

So I creep, yeah, cause he doesn’t know what I do

(Love you forever, baby, soul and mind)

And no attention goes to show, oh

(And you gotta know it, if you don’t give it, I’m gonna get mine)

(So I creep) Oh I, oh I, oh I, yeah

(So I creep) Oh I, oh I, oh I, yeah

(So I creep) Oh I, oh I, oh I, baby

Oh I, oh I, oh I, yeah

So I creep, yeah

(I creep around because I need attention)

I just keep it on the down-low

(Don’t mess around with my affection, yeah)

So I creep, yeah cause he doesn’t know what I do

(I creep around because I need attention)

(Don’t mess around with my affection, yeah)

So I creep, yeah, I just keep it on the down-low

(Oh I, oh I, oh I, yeah, oh I, oh I, oh I)

So I creep, yeah ’cause he doesn’t know what I do

(Oh I, oh I, oh I, yeah, oh I, oh I, oh I)

So I creep, yeah, just keep it on the down-low

Said nobody is supposed to know

So I creep, yeah ’cause he doesn’t know what I do

And no attention, goes to show oh so I creep

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