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In the beginning I was so poor I couldn't even afford to buy writing paper. I was walking
around with all of these melodies and lyrics swimming in my head. I used to cut up brown paper shopping bags from the market and write my songs on pieces of the bags with a pencil………

WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO
Baby baby baby don't leave me
Please don't leave me all by myself
I've got this burning yearning
feeling inside of me
Deep inside of me and it hurts so bad
 
You came into my life
So tenderly
With a burning love
That stings like a bee
Now that I surrender
So helplessly
You now want to leave me
You want to leave me
 
Baby baby where did our love go
Don't you want me don't you
want
me no more (Oh baby)

Solo
 
Baby baby where did our love go
And all your promises of a love
forever more
I've got this burning yearning
feeling inside of me
Deep inside of me and it hurts so bad
 
Before you won my heart you were
so perfect, girl
But now that you got me you want
to shake up my world
 
Baby, baby where did our love go
Don't you want me
Why don't you want me no more
 
Baby baby baby don't leave me
Please don't leave me all by myself
Where did our love go

 

  OFeeling melancholy in a snow-covered Detroit wintertime, I was nursing some hurt from a breakup with a girl who wanted from me more than a casual fling…a commitment I was not ready to make. Sitting at the piano again, I started thinking about some of the wonderful times we had and started to wonder 'Where Did Our Love Go" and how could something so strong be so fragile and disappear. I went into the studio with Brian and we cut a track for the Marvelettes. But the Marvelettes hated the song and refused to sing it.We were stuck with the track that we had to finish on some artist on the Motown roster or else we would be charged for having an unfinished track. So I looked on the artist roster, and at the bottom of the list was my salvation, a group who had become known as the 'No Hit Supremes". After some unpleasantness with the girls, who also hated the song and didn't want to sing it, they finally gave in and went into the studio and recorded it. Diana's pissed off attitude was just what the song needed to take it to Number 1 and this song started The Supremes on a roll of 13 number one hits in a row that no artist to date has ever beaten.

THIS OLD HEART OF MINE
This old heart of mine been broken
a thousand times
Each time you break away
I feel you're gone to stay
Lonely nights that come memories
that flow
Bringing you back again hurting me
more and more
Maybe it's my mistake
To show this love I feel inside
Cause each day that passes by 
You got me never knowing if I'm
coming or going
But I love you this old heart of mine
Darling is weak for you
Darling I love you yes I do, yes I do 

These old arms of mine miss having
you around
Makes these tears inside start
pouring down
Always with half a kiss
You remind me of what I miss
Tho I try hard to control myself
Like a fool I start grinning cause my
head starts spinning 

I love you this old heart of mine
Is weak for you
I love you yes I do, yes I do 

I try hard to hide my hurt inside
This old heart of mine
always keeps me crying
The way you treat me
leaves me incomplete
You're here for a day
and gone for a week
If you leave me a hundred times
I believe
A hundred times
I would take you back
Cause I'm yours
whenever you want me 

I'm not too proud to shout it,
tell the world about it, baby

I love you this old heart of mine
Is weak for you –
I love you yes I do, yes I do
I love you this old heart of mine
Is weak for you 
I love you this old heart of mine
Is weak for you –

Darling I'm weak for you
Darling I'm mad about you
I love you

This old heart of mine
Is weak for you

 

O For months and months I had tried to give up a five foot six heartbreaker, but the more I tried the deeper I fell. I made excuses for her and all the wrong she had done to me. She was a necessary evil that I just couldn't overcome."This Old Heart Of Mine" was the anthem of my relationship with her.
 

(LOVE IS LIKE A) HEAT WAVE
Whenever I'm with her something
inside
Starts to burning, and I'm filled with
desire
Could it be a devil in me or is this way
Love's supposed to be 

It's like a heat wave
burning in my heart
I can't keep from crying
it's tearing me apart
Whenever she calls my name
Soft low sweet and plain
Right then right there
I feel that burning flame
Has high blood pressure
got a hold on me
Or is this the way love's supposed
to be, it's like
A heat wave burning in my heart
I can't keep from crying
it's tearing me apart 

Sometimes I stare in space
tears all over my face
I can't explain it
I don't understand it
I ain't never felt like this before
Now this funny feeling
has me amazed
Don't know what to do
my head's in a haze
It's like a heat wave
burning in my heart
Tearing me all apart – 
Has high blood pressure
got a hold on me
Is this the way love's supposed to
be, It's like a heat wave
burning, burning
Tearing me all apart –

O
It was summertime and hot and sticky in Detroit. I often sat at the piano and played a warm-up riff to get my day started. This one particular day the heat was over the top and I was watching tv and the weatherman said we had a record-breaking five-day heat wave that was not going to let up. So all this funky riff needed was for me to throw a girl into the mix and this song was born. 


STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE

Stop in the name of love
Before you break my heart

Baby, Baby I'm aware of where you go
Each time you leave my door
I watch you walking down the street
Knowing your other love you'll meet

But this time before you run to him
Leaving me alone and hurt
(Think It Over) Haven't I been good
to you
(Think It Over)
Haven't I been sweet
to you

Chorus
Stop!
In the name of love
Before you break my heart
Stop! In the name of love
Before you break my heart
Think it over (x2)

I've known of your,
your secluded nights
I've even seen him maybe once
or twice
But is his sweet expression
Worth more than my love and affection
But this time
before you leave my arms
And rush off to his charms
(Think it over) Haven't I been good
to you
(Think it over) Haven't I been sweet
to you

Repeat Chorus
 
I've tried so hard, hard to be patient
Hoping you'll stop this infatuation
But every time you two are together
I'm so afraid of losing you forever 

Repeat Chorus and fade  

O
I was in a relationship with this girl who caught me being unfaithful  to her, which resulted in a tremendous argument. I tried to diffuse her fury with what I thought was a little humor, but it just made things worse by saying, "Baby, please... Stop! In the name of love before you break my heart." She still wanted to break up with me, and I said "Think it over."  The next thing I knew, the song was born. And a few weeks later, she came back to me when the song was number one. She started telling all of her friends that I wrote the song about us.


MY WORLD IS EMPTY WITHOUT YOU

Chorus
My world is empty without you babe
My world is empty without you babe

And as I go my way alone
I find it hard for me to carry on
I need your strength
I need your tender touch
I need the love my dear
I miss so much 

Repeat Chorus 

From this old world
I try to hide my face
But from this loneliness
There's no hiding place
Inside this cold and empty house
I dwell
In darkness with memories
I know so well 

Solo
Bridge

 
I need love now more than before
I can hardly carry on anymore 

Repeat Chorus 

My mind and soul have felt like this
Since love between us no more
exists
And each time that darkness falls
It finds me alone with these four walls 

Repeat Chorus and fade 

O
Success as a hit songwriter was filled with emptiness when the inspiration for this song came along.. When you have no one to share your good fortune with, it can be a very grim and lonely time. A lot of the sacrifice for this fame and fortune was made, including losing one of the loves of my life. The lyrics were sometimes very sad, but the music was very optimistic. 



I HEAR A SYMPHONY

You've given me a true love
And everyday I thank you love
For a feeling that's so new
So inviting and so exciting  

Whenever you're near
I hear a symphony
A tender melody
Pulling me closer,
closer to your arms 

Then suddenly your lips are
touching mine
A feeling so divine
Till I leave the past behind
I'm lost in a world made for you
and me 

Solo 

Whenever you're near
I hear a symphony
Played sweet and tenderly
Every time your lips meet mine
Now baby, baby, baby
You bring much joy within
Don't let this feeling end
Let it go on and on and on
Now baby, baby, baby
These tears that fill my eyes
I cry not for myself
But for those who never felt the joy
we've felt
(Baby, baby) 

Whenever you're near
I hear a symphony
Each time you speak to me
I hear a tender rhapsody of love now
(Baby, baby)
As you stand holding me
whispering
How much you care
A thousand violins fill the air
(Now baby, baby) don't let this
moment end
Keep standing close to me
OO so close to me
Baby, Baby I hear a symphony
A Tender melody 

O
I used to go to the movies a lot and especially loved to watch musicals. As I would watch two people get together on the screen and begin to fall in love, the music just seemed to come out of nowhere the moment they were near each other. Being in love with love I wanted to express the chemistry that two people in love feel whenever they are near each other. So I started to sing, 'Whenever You're Near I Hear A Symphony", sat down with Brian and came up with one of my favorite songs still today.

 


BABY I NEED YOUR LOVIN'

Baby I need your lovin'
Baby I need your lovin'
Although you're never near
Your voice I often hear
Another day another night
I long to hold you tight
Cause I'm so lonely 

Chorus
Baby I need your lovin'
got to have all your lovin'
Baby I need your lovin'
got to have all your lovin' 

Some say it's a sign of weakness
For a man to beg
Then weak I'd rather be
If it means having you to keep
Cause lately I've been losing sleep 

Repeat Chorus 
Empty nights echo your name
sometimes I wonder
Will I ever be the same 

When you see me smiling you know
things have gotten worse
Any smile you might see
has all been rehearsed
Darling I can't go on without you
This emptiness won't let me live
without you
This loneliness inside darling
Makes me feel half alive 

Repeat Chorus

O
'Baby I Need Your Lovin'" was a left over track laying around until one day I was in one of my 'Bernadette" moods listening to it I started to sing 'Baby I Need Your Lovin', Got To Have All Of Your Lovin'". That started the feeling for the rest of the lyric and melody. Brian and Eddie immediately felt too, that it was the right direction for this song. We called The Four Tops in and told them that we finally had the song that we had been promising them. It was their first number one hit. 


BABY LOVE
OO Baby love, my baby love
I need you, oh how I need you (ya)
But all you do is treat me bad
Break my heart and leave me sad.
Tell me what did I do wrong.
To make you stay away so long 

Cause baby love, my baby love
Been missin' ya, miss kissin ya
Instead of breaking up
Let's do some kissin' and making up
Don't throw our love away
In my arms why don't you stay
Need ya, need ya 

Solo
 

Baby love, my baby love
Why must we separate my love
All of my whole life through
I never loved no one but you
Why do you do me like you do
I got this need –
OO OO Need to hold you once again
my love
Feel your warm embrace my love
Don't throw our love away
Please don't do me this way
Not happy like I use to be
Loneliness has got the best of me
my love
My baby love I need ya,
Oh how I need ya
Why do you do me like you do 
After I've been true to you
So deep in love with you
Baby, baby, baby, it's hurtin' me,
hurtin' me
OO Baby love
don't throw our love away
Don't throw our love away

O
Now this song 'Baby Love" was about my first love who I never really got over. She stimulated me to write many of the songs I eventually wrote throughout my career, and am singing on this album 'Reflections of..."
.
 


I CAN'T HELP MYSELF
(SUGAR PIE, HONEY BUNCH)

Sugar Pie Honey Bunch
you know that I love you
I can't help myself
I love you and nobody else
In and out my life
you come and you go
Leaving just your picture behind
And I've kissed it a thousand times
When you snap your finger
or wink your eye
I come a running to you
I'm tied to your apron strings
And there's nothing that I can do

Solo

I can't help myself,
no I can't help myself
Cause, sugar pie honey bunch
I'm weaker than a man should be
I can't help myself
I'm a fool in love you see

Wanna tell you I don't love you, tell you
that we're through and I've tried
But everytime I see your face
I get all choked up inside

Breakdown

When I call your name, girl 
it starts the flame
Burning in my heart
tearing it all apart
No matter how I try, my love
I cannot hide
 
Cause, sugar pie honey bunch
You know that I'm weak for you
I can't help myself
I love you and nobody else
Sugar pie honey bunch
do anything you ask me to
I can't help myself
I want you and nobody else
Sugar pie honey bunch
you know that I love you
I can't help myself,
no I can't help myself
Sugar pie honey bunch

O
I came up with this bass figure that a lot of people have borrowed over the years. While playing this bass figure on the piano, I thought of my grandfather greeting the women who used to come to my grandmother's home beauty shop, and how he used to speak to them, saying things like 'Good afternoon Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch" which I thought funny at the time, but now seemed to fit so well with this bass figure that it became a huge number one hit for The Four Tops.
 


HOW SWEET IT IS
(TO BE LOVED BY YOU)

Chorus
How sweet it is to be loved by you
(Yes baby)
How sweet it is to be loved by you
 
I needed the shelter
of someone's arms
And there you were-
I needed someone to understand
My up's and down's
and there you were 

With sweet love and devotion
Deeply touching my emotions
I wanna stop and thank you baby
I wanna stop and thank you baby

Repeat Chorus

I close my eyes at night
And wonder what would I be
without you
In my life-
Everything was just a bore
All the things I did
Seems I've done ‘em before

But you brighten up all my days
With a love so sweetin so many ways
I wanna stop and thank you baby
I wanna stop and thank you baby

Repeat Chorus

Solo

You were better to me
than I've been to myself
For me there's you and nobody else
I wanna stop and thank you baby,
I wanna stop and thank you baby 

Repeat Chorus and fade

O
'How Sweet It Is To Be Loved ByYou" was an idea that came about through wishful thinking…sitting at the piano, fantasizing about how good it would be if the woman I had eyes for was madly in love with me. But the truth is she never gave me a second look. So I created this fantasy world where I was the object of all her affections, a bit of fiction that eventually came true due to my persistence and showering her with affection.
 

REACH OUT, I'LL BE THERE
Now if you feel that you can't go on
Cause all your hope is gone
And your life is filled
with much confusion
Until happiness is just an illusion
And your world around you is
crumbling down
Darling, reach out, come on girl
Reach on out for me, reach out for me

I'll be there with a love
that will shelter you
I'll be there with a love
that will see you through

When you feel lost
and about to give up
Cause your best
just ain't good enough
And you feel the world
has grown cold
And your drifting out
all on your own
And you need a hand to hold
Darling, reach out, come on girl
Reach out for me, reach out for me

I'll be there to love and comfort you,
and I'll be there, -- to cherish and
care for you

Breakdown

I can tell the way you hang your head
You're alone now, now you're afraid
And through your tears
you look around
But there's no peace of mind
to be found
I know what you're thinking
you're alone now
No love of your own –
But darling, reach out, come on girl
Reach out for me, reach out –
Just look over your shoulder
I'll be there to give you all the love
you need and
I'll be there you can always depend
on me
I'll be there – 

O
With this song, 'Reach Out I'll Be There", Brian, Eddie and I often had discussions about what women really want most of all from a man, and after talking about some of our experiences with women, we all three agreed that they wanted someone to be there for them, through thick or thin, and be there at their beck and call! Thus this song was born.

 

REFLECTIONS
Through the mirror of my mind
Time after time
I see reflections of you and me
Reflections of the way life used to be
Reflections of
the love you took from me

I'm all alone now
no love to shield me
Trapped in a world
that's a distorted reality

Happiness you took from me
And left me alone
with only memories
Through the mirror of my mind
Through these tears that I'm crying
Reflects the hurt I can't control

Cause although you're gone
I keep holding on
To the happy time
when you were mine

As I peer through the window
of lost time
Looking over my yesterday
and all the love I gave
All in vain

Through the hollow of my tears
I see a dream
That's lost –
From the hurt that you have caused
 
Everywhere I turn seems like
everything I see
Reflects the love that used to be
In you I put all my faith and trust
Right before my eyes
my world has turned to dust

After all the nights I sat alone
and wept
Just a handful of promises are all
that's left
Of loving you –

Reflections of the way life use to be
Reflections of
the love you took from me
In you I put all my faith and trust –
Right before my eyes my world
Has turned to dust -

O
When we started out at Motown there was so much promise. Miracles were realized, love was good, but then it went bad. Disenchantment spoiled the dream. Memories are now all that's left. We tried so many unique instrumental and vocal sounds to express what we were all feeling. 'Reflections" is one of those songs that cries out loud, 'what if?" And then a flood of wishing and hoping and should'ves and could'ves begin to fill the mind that wanders and wonders what went wrong at such a magical time. But still the songs live on. There is no escaping it, love is always like that.

These songs that I've written with Brian
and Eddie Holland will always have a
special place in my heart.
OOOOOOOOOO--L.D.

All songs written by Lamont Dozier,
Brian Holland & Edward Holland, Jr.
All songs published by Stone Agate Division
(BMI), EMI Music Publishing.