Play from 0:30 - 1:12
Lyrics: I ain't gonna do you wrong while you're gone-Ain't gonna do you wrong (oo) 'cause I don't wanna (oo)-All I'm askin' (oo)-Is for a little respect when you come home (just a little bit)-Baby (just a little bit) when you get home (just a little bit)-Yeah (just a little bit)
I think what Aretha Franklin was saying through the above verse was that she won't act up while someone is gone but in exchange she needs respect.
Lyrics continued: I'm about to give you all of my money-And all I'm askin' in return, honey-Is to give me my propers-When you get home (just a, just a, just a, just a)-Yeah baby (just a, just a, just a, just a)-When you get home (just a little bit)-Yeah (just a little bit)
I thought in the above verse Franklin was saying that she is giving out her money so she should be given treated with the proper respect.
Aretha Franklin also sings the popular songs Think, I Say a Little Prayer, and Call Me.
When this song was released in 1967 there was a lot of chaos in the United States with the Vietnam War problems, race riots, civil rights movements by the black panthers, and women fighting for equal rights. The lyrics in the song were meant to inspire people during the time to get the respect they deserve.
The overall message of this song was to respect one another. In a time when there were constant fights, battles and riots Aretha Franklin wanted everyone to give a little respect.