The songs only differ lyrically in the refrains while the verses by and large stay the same.
Otis Redding's version plays out as follows: Though it isn't much of a refrain as most of Redding's version is made up of shorter verses, this line appears as a conclusion to every verse and echoes into the next line tying it all together.
Redding also promised to credit Speedo on the liner notes, but this never happened; Speedo, however, never charged him for not doing so.
The song was included on Redding's third studio album, Otis Blue (1965).
Redding's version is a plea from a desperate man, who will give his woman anything she wants.
He mentions that he’s “about to, just give you all of my money,” and that all he wants in return is respect.
The woman he is singing to can even “do me wrong, honey, if you wanna to/You can do me wrong honey, while I'm gone.” The lyrics are repetitive and straightforward throughout the song; there isn’t any layering of messages or intentions.
He won't care if she does him wrong, as long as he gets his due respect when he brings money home.
Franklin's version adds the "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" chorus and the backup singers' refrain of "Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me..." Franklin's cover was a landmark for the feminist movement, and is often considered as one of the best songs of the R&B era, earning her two Grammy Awards in 1968 for "Best Rhythm & Blues Recording" and "Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female", and was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987.