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Come And Get These Memories
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Lyrics


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Lover you've gone from me and left behind
So many memories

Here's your old friendship ring
I can't wear it no more
Here's your old love letters
I can't read 'em anymore

Lover you've gone from me and left behind
So many memories

Here's that old Teddy Bear (come and get 'em)
That you won for me at the State Fair
Here's some old Valentine cards (come and get 'em)
Give them to your new sweetheart

Lover you've gone from me and left behind
So many memories
So many memories

Lover you've gone from me and left behind
So many memories
So many memories (so many memories)

Here's your old favourite record
I can't stand to hear it no more (no more)
Here's some old lingering love (come and get 'em)
It's in my heart and it's tearing it apart
Because of these memories
I never thought of anybody but you
So come on and get 'em
'Cause I found me somebody new
And I love him

So come on and get these memories
(come and get 'em, since you've gone out of my life)
Come and get these memories, boy
(come and get 'em, since you've gone out of my life)
Give them to your new love...
Give them to your new love...

So come on and get these memories
(Come and get 'em since you've gone out of my life)

Give them to your new love...
Give them to your new love...

Overall Meaning

In "Come and Get These Memories," Martha Reeves & The Vandellas sing about the aftermath of a relationship and the memories that remain. The lyrics speak of a lover who has left but left behind so many memories (the titular "memories"). The narrator is left with various items from their time together, including a friendship ring, love letters, a teddy bear, and Valentine's Day cards, all of which serve as painful reminders of their time together. The narrator even references an old favorite record, which they cannot bear to listen to anymore. The memories are tearing them apart, and they cannot move on until they are gone.


The song's overall message focuses on the power of memories and the impact they can have on a relationship, even after it has ended. It highlights the idea that it is not easy to move on from a relationship without first removing the physical reminders of the past. The song has a strong emotional resonance with anyone who has gone through the aftermath of a failed relationship.


Line by Line Meaning

Lover you've gone from me and left behind So many memories
The speaker's lover has left and she is left with an abundance of memories.


Here's your old friendship ring I can't wear it no more
The speaker cannot continue to wear her ex-lover's ring now that they have split.


Here's your old love letters I can't read 'em anymore
The speaker cannot bear to read the love letters from her ex-lover.


Here's that old Teddy Bear (come and get 'em) That you won for me at the State Fair
The speaker is willing to give the gifts her ex-lover had given her back to him.


Here's some old Valentine cards (come and get 'em) Give them to your new sweetheart
The speaker is willing to give the Valentine's Day cards her ex-lover had given her to his new partner.


Here's your old favourite record I can't stand to hear it no more (no more)
The speaker cannot listen to her ex-lover's favorite music anymore.


Here's some old lingering love (come and get 'em) It's in my heart and it's tearing it apart Because of these memories
The speaker still has feelings of love for her ex-lover which are causing her pain.


I never thought of anybody but you So come on and get 'em 'Cause I found me somebody new And I love him
The speaker has moved on and found new love, and is urging her ex-lover to come and get his things because she is no longer attached.


So come on and get these memories (come and get 'em, since you've gone out of my life) Come and get these memories, boy (come and get 'em, since you've gone out of my life)
The speaker is urging her ex-lover to come and get his things since he is no longer in her life.


Give them to your new love... Give them to your new love...
The speaker is willing to give her ex-lover's things to his new partner.




Lyrics ยฉ BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: BRIAN HOLLAND, EDWARD HOLLAND, LAMONT DOZIER

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Comments from YouTube:

Claudia

When music was music. No vulgar lyrics, curse words, or overt sexual overtures. I really miss this feeling when I heard my parents play their songs.

Dwayne E. Towns

Yeah you're right, I shudder at the thought what kids hear now.

Train's a'comin'

...he..ere's your ooold teddy bear, that you won for me, at the state fair......

lisa

The true beauty of their talent, enhanced with the feminine gowns. Just love this song.

Sol Aรผm

This song will forever remind me of my mother who just passed on Christmas Eve โค๐Ÿ•Š Love you Mom

Linda Dee

Spring of '63, I believe. Broke up with my boyfriend and this song said everything I was feeling, and put Martha and the Vandellas on the radio for us to enjoy.

loveyouall66

ONE OF THE MOST SOULFUL FEMALE GROUPS EVER. THE TEMPO OF THIS SONG IS PERFECT FOR THE BOP.

Russell Beyers

Song was released around Valentines Day of '63. What an absolute classic...!

Jerry Johnson

ย Absolutely beautiful song, beautifully sung. Iย love this song to this day.Timeless. Blessings

Roshanda Mills

I wore this record out and then bought the album! Those were the GREAT days.

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