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  1. #1

    Lyric line(s) that make you go WOW!

    I had to go for a drive this morning and I decided to burn a few cds to listen to on the way. One was Tempts vs Tops and the other was Supremes vs Marvelettes.

    Today was one of those days where I listened more intently to the lyrics and was floored by some of them.

    I'll Turn to Stone:
    I would be like a statue in the park
    Cold and alone like a man without a heart

    Love Child:
    Don't think that I don't need you
    Don't think I don't want to please you
    But no child of mine will be bearin'
    The name of shame I been wearin."

    Ask the Lonely:
    The young and foolish laugh at love
    So they run away
    Confident and sure that fate
    Will bring another love their way

    My Whole World Ended:
    How can I face tomorrow,
    When yesterday is all I see?
    I just don't wanna face tomorrow, if you're not sharing it with me.

    Wow, some great stuff there.
    What are some of your picks?

  2. #2
    Lockhartgary! I cannot even believe you did this! As soon as I saw the title of this thread, I was going to post this part of the lyrics to "I'll Turn to Stone"

    I would be like a statue in the park
    Cold and alone like a man without a heart


    Of all the songs possible, you pick this one. Amazing!

  3. #3
    Great post..as the tears creep down my face i can't believe i've been replaced[shake me-wake me]...i'll never get no one to take your place,i'll just have to face life with out you[i need a change]...girl to restore the faith you had in me i'm beggin you down on my knees[please return your love]...put a toothbrush in my hand and let me be a travellin man[i'm a roadrunner]...your paths may never cross again so make sure you take the same bend[a folk in the road]...i can't seem to find a dime won't you let me have a paper this time[paperboy]...a closet full of glad rags all tucked away in a pad that's swank[you're the one]...the one thing i'll never understand how you found the nerve to take a pen in your hand[truly yours]...you accepted their decision without any type of defense they said if we waited a few more years that would make a little more sense[i've lost everything i've ever loved]...your every wish girl is my command so that's why i can't seem to understand[girl why you wanna make me blue].

  4. #4
    Here is another one of my favorites. When Obama first became President, I use to think of these lyrics to "Stoned Love"

    And life is so short, put the present time at hand
    Oh yeah, and if you're young at heart, rise up and take your stand
    And to the man on whose shoulder the world must depend
    I pray for peace and love, amen

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by arr&bee View Post
    Great post..as the tears creep down my face i can't believe i've been replaced[shake me-wake me]...i'll never get no one to take your place,i'll just have to face life with out you[i need a change]...girl to restore the faith you had in me i'm beggin you down on my knees[please return your love]...put a toothbrush in my hand and let me be a travellin man[i'm a roadrunner]...your paths may never cross again so make sure you take the same bend[a folk in the road]...i can't seem to find a dime won't you let me have a paper this time[paperboy]...a closet full of glad rags all tucked away in a pad that's swank[you're the one]...the one thing i'll never understand how you found the nerve to take a pen in your hand[truly yours]...you accepted their decision without any type of defense they said if we waited a few more years that would make a little more sense[i've lost everything i've ever loved]...your every wish girl is my command so that's why i can't seem to understand[girl why you wanna make me blue].
    You guys are hitting it today!

  6. #6
    Arr@bee and Marv, those are some great ones!

    Ball of Confusion:
    Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration, aggravation,
    humiliation, obligation to our nation
    Ball Of Confusion that's what the world is today

    And Dennis' rapid fire delivery raises the WOW factor to another level! And talk about having your finger on the pulse of current events!

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    Arr@bee and Marv, those are some great ones!

    Ball of Confusion:
    Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration, aggravation,
    humiliation, obligation to our nation
    Ball Of Confusion that's what the world is today

    And Dennis' rapid fire delivery raises the WOW factor to another level! And talk about having your finger on the pulse of current events!
    I was in the 5th Grade when my Mom brought home the new single by the Temptations called "Ball of Confusion". It had a picture sleeve that was black and white and the lyrics to the song printed on it. After about a month, I was able to keep up with Dennis and all of those "big words" (to me at the time) whenever we played the record or it came on the radio. LOL!

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    My Whole World Ended:
    How can I face tomorrow,
    When yesterday is all I see?
    I just don't wanna face tomorrow, if you're not sharing it with me
    What a line!!!!!!!

  9. #9
    "I will build you a castle with a tower so high
    It reaches the moon
    I'll gather melodies from birdies that fly
    And compose you a tune
    I'll give you lovin' warm as Mama's oven
    And if that don't do
    Then I'll try something new"


    I'll Try Something New by The Miracles

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    "Many a day I proudly stated, the man for me ain't been created."

    "Four leaf clover, needle in a haystack, whatever he may be, one thing's for certain he knows how to TCB."

    "If I have to sleep on your doorstep all night and day, just to keep you from walking away."

    I am sure I could think of many others. The Motown writers were awesome!!!

  11. #11
    Mr. Ruffin: "...half a man..."/"...my whole world ended..."(snippets of two Temps hits.)

  12. #12
    2Pac (Dear Momma) - "Ain't a woman alive that can take my momma's place"! Rakim - " I nominated my dj the president"!

  13. "Now you've gotten wise. Yeah you know how love can build you up one moment and the next, CUT you down to size... (wait for it) And then you discover, all she told you was a bunch of lies"

    Gladys Knight & The Pips- Didn't You Know (You'd Have To Cry Sometime)

    That lyric is absolute perfection, but it's that pause Gladys takes before delivering the most brutal cut of all; the guy was a absolute A-hole and what did he get for it? He found out he got played too.

  14. #14
    Really cool thread, Gary!

    MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS - "What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love":

    "I just sit at home by myself like part of the household fixtures
    These arms of mine, don't you know, are holding, clinging to your picture, cryin' I need you.

    THE MARVELETTES - "I CAN'T TURN AROUND":

    "Baby, I'm on a ship that's goin' down
    But I can't turn around.

    DIANA ROSS - "I Can't Give Back The Love I Feel For You":

    "A tear for a souvenir"

    MARVIN & TAMMI - "You're All I Need To Get By":

    "You're all the joy's under the sun wrapped up into one"

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    MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS - "SWEET DARLIN' ":

    "You're that bright, warm sunshine that fills my every day
    You're the sweet soul music that sets my heart at play
    You're the string around my mind that spins it like a top
    You're such a good bad habit, I just don't wanna stop
    You've got my mind in a ball-and-chain
    Your good lovin's driving me insane
    Like a moth I can't avoid the flame
    Sweet Darlin' "

    (Courtesy of Richard Morris)

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    Temptations - (I Know) I'm Losing You
    When I look into your eyes
    A reflection of a face I see
    I'm hurt, downhearted and worried girl
    Cause that face doesn't belong to me
    Oh, it's all over your face
    Someone's taking my place
    Ooh baby, I'm losing you

    Temptations - My Baby
    Enough gold in her personality to set Fort Knox to shame
    This golden girl belongs to me
    Let no guy try to stake his claim on my baby

  17. #17
    TP's, Turn Off The Lights- "Rub me down with some burning hot oils, baby!"
    Now don't get me wrong. I realize back then Claiol Hot Oil treatment (Vo5 had one too) was hip. Today? TD would be arrested for First Degree Battery!! Not PC, Mr. TP!!😂

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    THE MARVELETTES - "The Day You Take One (You Have To Take The Other)"

    A little bad comes along with every good
    You've gotta take the bitter with the sweet
    True love never runs smooth like we think it should
    But true love can't be beat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    Temptations - (I Know) I'm Losing You
    When I look into your eyes
    A reflection of a face I see
    I'm hurt, downhearted and worried girl
    Cause that face doesn't belong to me
    Oh, it's all over your face
    Someone's taking my place
    Ooh baby, I'm losing you
    Good one!

  20. #20
    THE TEMPTATIONS - "GLASSHOUSE"

    My girl came home and she caught me with Alice
    And she threw me out the door
    Now, now
    But the real reason she was so mad is that she was with Alice before!
    Say what?
    See that? People are always doin' that
    If you're livin' in a glasshouse
    Don't you throw no stones
    It's a shame.

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    STEVIE WONDER - "I Was Made To Love Her"

    I was knee-high to a chicken
    When that love bug bit me
    I had the fever with each passing year
    Even if the mountain tumbles
    If this whole world crumbles
    By her side I'll still be standing there
    'Cause I was made to love her

  22. #22
    Hey lockhartgary, these are fun, man! Once you start, you can't stop! Motown's lyricists were, without a doubt, the best in the business! (But we already knew that!)

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    SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES - "The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage"

    Just a minute ago your love was here
    All of a sudden it seemed to disappear
    The way you wrecked my life was like sabotage
    The love I saw in you was just a mirage

    MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS - "Honey Chile"

    You're shiftless and you're lazy
    Just like that hound-dog Daisy
    I had when Grandma raised me
    Honey Chile
    When Granny got too old to scold me
    Dear old auntie warned me
    You sure was no good for me
    Honey Chile

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    YVONNE FAIR - "Walk Out The Door If You Wanna"

    Ten years, one wig, and a house full of kids
    That's all I get from marriage to you
    Seven days a week you're running the streets
    Take me for granted, Daddy
    I can't stand it
    You can walk out the door if you wanna
    I'm gonna march on down to the corner
    Hey I'm gonna drop a dime on that boyfriend of mine
    Tell him I'm free -- come on and get me!

  25. #25
    I tried to pick out a line or two from You're All I Need To Get By but failed. The lyrics to the whole song are just beyond fantastic to me, really hitting my soul. Love, support and inspiration all in one song. It is possibly the best love song ever for me. Add the outstanding vocals by Marvin and Tammi and "bingo".

    Like the sweet morning dew,
    I took one look at you,
    And it was plain to see you were my destiny.
    With my arms open wide, I threw away my pride.
    I'll sacrifice for you dedicate my life for you.
    I will go where you lead always there in time of need.
    And when I lose my will you'll be there to push me up the hill.
    There's no, no looking back for us, we got love sure 'nough, that's enough.
    You're all, you're all I need to get by.
    Like an eagle protects his nest for you I'll do my best,
    Stand by you like a tree, dare anybody to try and move me.
    Darlin' in you I found strength where I was torn down
    Don't know what's in store but together we can open any door.
    Just to do what's good for you and inspire you a little higher.
    I know you can make a man out of a soul that didn't have a goal.
    'Cause we, we got the right foundation and with love and determination.
    You're all, you're all I want to strive for and do a little more.
    All, all the joys under the sun wrapp'd up into one.

  26. #26
    Rovereab, I agree. Marvin & Tammi's "You're All I Need To Get By" is one of the most beautiful records Motown ever released. In one of the Motown books, it was reported that when Ashford & Simpson played "You're All I Need" at the weekly Quality Control meeting, Berry broke tradition by not bothering to take a vote on its release. Instead, as soon as the song finished playing, he ordered, "SHIP IT!", which further proves what a gem it is! I would love to have seen the look of pride on Nick & Val's face at that moment! I think of that every time I play this masterpiece, which is often.

  27. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by Philles/Motown Gary View Post
    Rovereab, I agree. Marvin & Tammi's "You're All I Need To Get By" is one of the most beautiful records Motown ever released. In one of the Motown books, it was reported that when Ashford & Simpson played "You're All I Need" at the weekly Quality Control meeting, Berry broke tradition by not bothering to take a vote on its release. Instead, as soon as the song finished playing, he ordered, "SHIP IT!", which further proves what a gem it is! I would love to have seen the look of pride on Nick & Val's face at that moment! I think of that every time I play this masterpiece, which is often.
    Given Tammi's health situation it makes the words sung by Marvin even more heartfelt, especially when he ad-libs "Tammi listen". So much emotion in the singing, lyrics and production. Absolute magic!

  28. #28
    I started so many letters hoping you'd feel the same way i do,but i had to tear them up because i started crying too-[tearstained letter-the temptations]..come on and try this new smoke it ain't classified as dope[funky space reincarnation-marvin gaye]i can't find sleep at night i'm either watching tv or walking,i can't find any conversation that means more to me than talking[i can't find-smokey]

  29. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by rovereab View Post
    Given Tammi's health situation it makes the words sung by Marvin even more heartfelt, especially when he ad-libs "Tammi listen". So much emotion in the singing, lyrics and production. Absolute magic!
    And didn't they record their vocals separately? If so, the ad-lib becomes even more amazing, considering Tammi wasn't there with Marvin.

  30. #30
    Smokey & the Miracles -- Ooh Baby Baby

    I'm just about at the end of my rope
    But I can't stop trying I can't give up hope
    'Cause I feel that one day I'll hold you near
    Whisper I still love you
    Until that day is here I'm crying

  31. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by lockhartgary View Post
    And didn't they record their vocals separately? If so, the ad-lib becomes even more amazing, considering Tammi wasn't there with Marvin.
    Has that ever been proven? If true then it would suggest that Marvin cut his track first but left a "message" for Tammi. I do recall someone on here, several years back, saying that she was in a wheelchair in the studio and that it took a long time for her contribution to be finished.

  32. #32
    Knowing you're going away, hurts me more an more each day-[i'll always love you-the spinners]...but i felt much older cause i had to shoulder the trouble you'd bring-[who will take the blame-the miracles]...since you've gone and left me everything beautiful has died-[darling come back home-eddie kendricks]...the tears keep rolling down my cheek i start to cry each time i speak-[the tears-the supremes]...it's such a gas to be dancing on glass-[chicago disco-major lance]...hey that's the girl for you so what are you gonna do-[all i do is think of you-the jackson 5]...i'll be your slave for the rest of my days,love you more in so many ways-[forever-the marvelettes]...friends said it couldn't be done but all his faith i know i've won-[third finger left hand-martha and the vandellas].

  33. #33
    We got Ling Ting Tong from China
    Long Tall Sally from Carolina
    We got 007, the private eye,
    And he's bringin' all the guys from "I Spy"
    All the soul brothers, jitterbuggers
    Hip cats and fancy hats and
    Pretty girls with pretty smiles
    All decked out in the latest styles
    and Farmer Jim and Guitar Slim and
    Betty Boop and Oop-Boop-a-Doop
    and Mohair Sam from Alabam
    and Minnesota Fats from Hobo Flats
    Breath-takin' Hip-shakin' Cuties now
    Talkin' bout the Fascinatin' Devastatin' Beauties now!
    They all be gathering here, from far and near
    for the Function at the Junction
    Brother, you'd better come on right now

  34. #34
    My hands are clean,my heart is so pure the world is sick i am the cure-[power-the temptations]...for my baby i work part time down at the neighborhood five an dime-[nothing's too good for my baby-stevie wonder]...keep on lovin me baby don't you change your mind-[keep on lovin me-marvin an tammi]...here's your old teddy bear,that you won for me at the state fair-[come and get these memories-martha and the vandellas]...why waste time lookin at your waistline-[first i look at the purse-the contours]...my heart said to me,don't walk head on into misery-[here i go again-the miracles]...you are under my power it is the power of love-[my baby must be a magician-the marvelettes]...and only time will tell it's not a dying ember-[my love for you-the miracles]...and when they try to kiss you,you always say goodbye you always tell em no but never tell em why-[pucker up butter cup-jr.walker and the all-stars].

  35. #35
    JR. WALKER & THE ALL STARS - "Hip City"

    "Don't put Detroit down
    It's the home of "The Motown Sound"

  36. #36
    THE TEMPTATIONS - "All I Need"

    This heart of mine carries a heavy load
    When I think about how I've hurt you so
    After you've been, been so good to me
    I've been unfaithful, darling
    I've caused you misery
    A feeling of guilt, how it tortures me
    And only you my darling, can set me free
    And darling all, all I need is just to hear you say you forgive me
    Forgive me baby
    All, all I need is to have you touch my hand
    Say you understand

  37. #37
    When we meet i feel guilty,cause i want for you to long for me like i long for you[i love you secretly-the miracles].

  38. #38
    MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS and
    DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES

    "Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things"

    Funny how precious memories linger on
    So long after you've gone
    Oh precious memories that only make me cry
    But I keep holdin' on, oh why do I
    Oh, because...
    Love, love, love makes me do these things
    Speak your name softly each night while holding your picture tight
    When you took my heart, you took my soul
    & it's far beyond control

  39. #39
    Quote Originally Posted by motownlover1964 View Post
    Smokey & the Miracles -- Ooh Baby Baby

    I'm just about at the end of my rope
    But I can't stop trying I can't give up hope
    'Cause I feel that one day I'll hold you near
    Whisper I still love you
    Until that day is here I'm crying
    Pretty much 75% of Smokey Robinsonís composition merit an OMG!

    Although she may be cute, sheís just a substitute- Tracks of my tears

    The feeling we used to get, whenever our lips met, like smoke from a cigarette, itís Fading Away!

    The stain that it contained- No More Tearstained Makeup

  40. #40
    Quote Originally Posted by jboy88 View Post
    Pretty much 75% of Smokey Robinsonís composition merit an OMG!

    Although she may be cute, sheís just a substitute- Tracks of my tears

    The feeling we used to get, whenever our lips met, like smoke from a cigarette, itís Fading Away!

    The stain that it contained- No More Tearstained Makeup
    Jboy, you can sure say that again! Smokey is still rightly, without doubt, "America's greatest living poet"!

  41. #41
    KIM WESTON - "Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)"

    I said I wouldn't beg
    I said I wouldn't plead
    Here me now, Baby
    I'm begging you PLEASE!
    Take me in your arms, rock me
    Rock me a little while
    Hold me, Darling
    Rock me, rock me a little while

  42. #42
    What are you gonna do come the day i just turn my head and walk away[when i'm gone-brenda holliway]..when the babies came they knew your name[if you're ever in the neighborhood-the miracles].

  43. #43
    BRENDA HOLLOWAY - "Just Look What You've Done"

    Now helplessly I stand, watching love walk away
    There's nothing I can do, nothing I can say
    To you our love was just a passing thing
    But to me, my darling, it was everything
    Where did it go? The love I always turned to
    Where did it go? Where do I go without you?
    When I needed you, you were always there
    I'm nothing now without your love to share
    Just look what you've done
    You've turned my dreams to dust
    I thought you needed me, but now I find that you're leaving me
    Oh, you've turned my heart to stone
    Without you by my side, where will I get the strength to carry on?

  44. #44
    THE ISLEY BROTHERS
    THE SUPREMES
    TAMMI TERRELL

    "This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)"

    If you leave me a hundred times
    A hundred times I'll take you back
    I'm yours whenever you want me
    I'm not too proud to shout it
    Tell the world about it 'cause I love you
    This is old heart, darling, is weak for you

  45. #45
    No More Water In The Well - The Temptations

    You take my love for granted like water
    Water you spill and you waste
    Though love is thicker than water
    It spills quicker than water
    And you'll lookup one of these days
    And there'll be no more water in the well, baby no more
    (No more, no more, no more)

  46. #46
    SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES

    "Whole Lot Of Skaking In My Heart (Since I Met You)"

    The guys I used to run around with
    tell me I've changed and I'm acting kinda strange
    But they don't realize that since I met you
    my whole life has been rearranged
    Ooh, you make me feel kinda insecure
    'Cause my heart I can no longer control
    And you've got me rockin', jumpin' and stompin'
    Don't know which way I'm supposed to go
    My heart is all tied up in knots
    I walk around daily in a state of shock
    'Cause I got a whole lot of shakin' in my heart since I met you, girl

  47. #47
    If I Were Your Woman - Gladys/Pips

    She tears you down darling
    Says you're nothing at all
    But I'll pick you up darling
    When she lets you fall
    'Cause you're like a diamond
    But she treats you like glass
    Yet you beg her to love you
    But me you won't ask

  48. #48
    So many!!!!!!

  49. #49
    To be honest, the first Motown song that I've heard that completely buggered my eyes in shocking surprise was Rick James' "High On Your Love".

    On that bridge part, when Rick was spontaneously shouting in the middle of the bridge choruses "GET HIGH!" or "GET A LITTLE STONED!", just completely cracks me up...and I thought the theme of "High" was supposed to be just another metaphor for a love jones, hahaha.
    Last edited by Ngroove; 06-19-2019 at 01:08 PM.

  50. #50
    Quote Originally Posted by TomatoTom123 View Post
    So many!!!!!!
    You bet'cha, Tom! And, lyrically speaking, we've barely tapped the surface of ye old Motown vaults!

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