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I absolutely love the first 30 seconds of this song. The YouTube video above was taken from “Soul Train” on  May 12th 1973. That is why the lead singer does not look like Diana Ross – because Ross had been long gone by then!

Lyrics:

Now I wanna tell ya–of a great love–ohh
It will light up
It will surely light up–darkened worlds
If you just believe…

Stoned Love, Mmm..
Oh yeah
A love for each other will bring fighting to an end
Forgiving one another
Time after time doubt creeps in
But like the sun lights up the sky with a message from above
Oh yeah, I find no other greater symbol of love–

Yeah, don’t ya hear the wind blowing
MMmmhmm
Stoned Love
Oh yeah, I tell ya I ain’t got no other

Woo, woo, Mmmmh
Stoned Love
Aww yeah

Life is so short
Put the present time at hand
Aww 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

Oooh–can’t ya feel it–mmm hmm
Stoned Love
I tell ya I ain’t got no other
Ahh haa
Stoned Love
Aww yeah

If the war ‘tween our nations passed–oh yeah
Will the love ‘tween our brothers and sisters last?
On and on and on and on and….

Stoned Love
Aw yeah–
I tell ya I ain’t got no other

Mmm hmm
Stoned Love

Can’t ya, can’t ya, can’t ya, can’t ya, can’t ya feel it
Woo, woo, mmm hmm
Stoned Love
Aw yeah stoned, stoned, stoned, stoned

Woo, woo, mmm hmm
Stoned Love
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Woo, woo, ah ha
Stoned Love
Aw yeah, yeah, ah, ah, ah

Woo, woo
Mmm hmm
Stoned Love

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(B. Holland/L. Dozier/E. Holland, Jr.)

The love bug done bit me
Didn’t mean for him to get me
Woo, get up in the morning
And I’m filled with desire
No, no, I can’t stop the fire
Love is a real life wire
Ooh, it’s a burning sensation
Far behind imagination

Love is like an itching in my heart
Tearing it all apart
Just an itching in my heart
And baby, I can’t scratch it
Keeps me sighing, ooh
Keeps me yearning

No, mama can’t help me
No, daddy can’t help me
I’ve been bitten by the love bug
And I need some information
To help me out this situation

Now, when you’re ill
You take a pill
When your thirsty
Drink your fill
What you gonna do
When love gets a hold
A hold on you
Love is like an itching in my heart
And baby, I can’t scratch it

Love is a nagging irritation
Causing my heart complication
Love is a growing infection
And I don’t know the correction
Got me rockin’ and areelin’
And I can’t shake the feelin’

Love is like an itching in my heart
Tearing it all apart
Just an itching in my heart
And baby, I can’t scratch it
Keeps me sighing, ooh
Keeps me yearning

Keeps me burning
Keeps me tossing
Keeps me turning
Keeps me yearning

I’ve been bitten by the love bug
And I need some information
To help me out this situation
Love is a nagging irritation
Causing my heart complication

I’ve been bitten by the love bug…

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You’ve given me a true love
And every day I thank you love
For a feeling that’s so new
So inviting, so exciting

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

Then suddenly, I hear a symphony
Ooh, 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

Whenever you’re near
I hear a symphony
Play 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
Those tears that seem my eyes
I cry not for myself
But for those who never felt the joy we felt

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
Ooh, so close to me, baby, baby
Baby, baby
I hear a symphony
A tender melody

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David Ruffin (1941-1991) was an American R&B singer. He was the tenor and lead singer of The Temptations from 1964 to 1968. He is the lead singer of such hit songs as:

  • 1964: My Girl
  • 1966: I’m Losing You
  • 1967: I Wish it Would Rain
  • 1968: Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
  • 1969: My Whole World Ended
  • 1975: Walk Away From Love

He did all of them on the Motown record label and all but the last two with the Temptations.

He had a rough voice and wore glasses with thick, dark rims, which became something of a trademark for him. He used to go with Tammi Terrell, the one who sang so many songs with Marvin Gaye.

He was fired from the Temptations in 1968. His cocaine habit made it hard for him to show up to work on time and he became so full of himself that he would refuse to ride in the bus with the others and wanted the Temptations to be named “David Ruffin and the Temptations”. Not only was he hard to work with, but he also asked uncomfortable questions about where all the money was going. Dennis Edwards took his place.

In the 1970s he sang on his own, but still for Motown since he was under contract to them. He had some hits, but his cocaine habit and the lack of support from Motown made it hard.

He left Motown in 1977 and continued to record and perform right up to the end of his life. In the 1980s he performed again with the Temptations and then separately with Eddie Kendricks, also a one-time singer of the Temptations, and later with both Kendricks and Dennis Edwards.

At Live Aid in 1985 he performed with Eddie Kendricks and two fans named Hall & Oates. Although a hero to Daryl Hall, Hall had little patience for Ruffin’s drug habit.

It was crack cocaine that killed Ruffin in the end, at age 50.

Ruffin was born in Whynot, Mississippi, not far from Meridian. He never knew his mother: she died when he was still a baby. He was the son of a strict Baptist minister, growing up singing gospel music. In 1955 at age 14 he left home and headed for Memphis. There he joined the gospel scene. He knew the Staple Singers and the Womack brothers. Ruffin himself became part of Dixie Nightingales – not to be confused with the much more famous Dixie Hummingbirds.

Two years later he moved on and came to Detroit, where his brother Jimmy was a singer. There Ruffin started singing for a record label owned by a sister of Berry Gordy. It would later become part of Motown.

In 1964 he joined the Temptations: their tenor had just been fired and Ruffin was a good performer on stage, so they hired him.

At first he was meant to be a backing singer with Eddie Kendricks as lead, but then in 1964 Smokey Robinson wrote a song just for his voice: “My Girl”. It was a huge hit and the rest is history.

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Sunshine, blue sky, please go away,
My girl has found another, and gone away
With her went my future, my life is filled with gloom,
So day after day, I stay locked up in my room

I know to you it might sound strange,
I wish it would rain (oh how I wish that it would rain)
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah

Cause so badly
I wanna go outside (such a lovely day)
Everyone knows that a man ain’t supposed to cry
But listen, I got to cry, cuz crying, ooooooooh,
Is the pain, oh yeah

Yeah you know people, this hurt I feel inside,
Words, they, could never explain,
I wish it would rain (oh how i wish that it would rain)
Oh let it rain, rain, rain, rain (oh how i wish that it would rain)
Ooooooh baby

Let it rain (rain, rain)
Oh yeah, let it rain

Day in day out, my tear stained face
Pressed against my window pane
I search the skies, well, desperately for rain
Cause rain drops will hide my teardrops and no one will ever know
That I’m crying (crying) crying (crying)
When I go outside

To the world outside my tears I refuse to explain,
I wish it would rain (oh how I wish that it would rain)
Rain, rain, rain (oh how I wish that it would rain)
ooooh baby

Let it rain
I need rain to disguise the tears in my eyes
Yeah, You know I’m a man, I ain’t got no pride,
Til it rains, I’m gonna stay inside,
Let it rain, Let it rain
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah…
Oh how I wish that it would rain…

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