Victoria Beckham – That Dude

INFORMATION

Song: That Dude
Artist: Victoria Beckham
Featured On: The ‘Réal’ Beckhams (2004)
Written By: Candice Nelson, Dione Friley, Walter Millsap III
Produced By: Walter Milsap III, David Conley

“That Dude” is a song recorded by Victoria Beckham for her unreleased second album tentatively titled “Come Together”. The song was released on the bonus disc for The ‘Réal’ Beckhams in 2004. The song is registered on ASCAP under the title “Dat Dude” with Victoria as a credited artist. The version registered features different writers than that of The ‘Réal’ Beckhams credits.

LYRICS

Don’t mess with that dude
ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Don’t mess with that dude

If he’s too young some of them guys got a real big problem
Startin’ shit they can’t finish if you allow them
To get close enough to think you can’t live without them

Don’t mess with that dude
The same rule applies to the next type
Insecure and he’s trying to control your life
Tired of feeling scared
Somebody gon’ come along
And treat you right, no

Don’t mess with that dude
Cause he’s already taken
I don’t give a damn what kinda plans you’re makin’
Even if the playa says he’s plannin on shakin’
Bottom line is he’s still takin’ so

Don’t mess with that dude
And if you’re smart you’ll leave him alone
He ain’t even thinkin’ about getting his own
Not a car, not a job, not a place of his own
Comfortable at his mom’s tho

Don’t mess with that dude
And if he don’t wanna pay
The bills he have run up then
Don’t mess with that dude
And if he lounge at the place while
You’re workin’ I’d a come up here
Don’t mess with that dude
And if he lazy, trifflin’, and jealous
And got a wife then
Don’t mess with that dude
And if he’s all of the above
I’m gonna say it twice then

Don’t mess with that dude
Cause it’s only a matter of time
Before he breaks your heart
Don’t mess with that dude
And I know it’s not easy for ya
To play this part but
Don’t mess with that dude

If he promise you happiness but he made you cry
Said he’d be true to you but he told you lies
You’re willin to work with him but he just won’t try

Don’t mess with that dude
And when you’re on to the next
Good guy, good background, good sex
Kick it for a minute but if he won’t take steps
Towards givin you his last name, yeah

Don’t mess with that dude
If you got a man then his boys
Are strictly off limits
If they make noise your
Style will be diminished
Tell him where to go if he’s tryin
To catch his feelings, yeah

Don’t mess with the dude
And if your man’s ever weak
Enough to be hittin’ you
Recognize, real, and take in what I’ve given you
You don’t deserve it
You’re worth so much more than abuse

Don’t mess with the dude
I know the game, I know the rules now
Don’t mess with that dude
I heard the lies, I know the truth now
Don’t mess with that dude
I’ve been alone and I been misused
Don’t mess with that dude
Now I know what I gotta do, yeah
Don’t mess with that dude

Don’t mess with that dude
Cause it’s only a matter of time
Before he breaks your heart
Don’t mess with that dude
And I know it’s not easy for ya
To play this part but
Don’t mess with that dude

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