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Who's Making Love
Johnnie Taylor Lyrics


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All you fellows, gather 'round me
And let me give you some good advice
What I'm gonna, I'm gonna ask you now
You better think about it twice
While you're liking cheating on your woman
There is something you never even thought of

Now tell me who's making love to your old lady
While you were out making love? (Hear me now)
Now who's making love to your old lady
While you were out making love?

I've seen so, so many fellows
Fall in that same old bag

Thinking that a woman is made to
To be beat on and treated so bad
Oh, fellows, let me ask you something
I'm sure that you never even dreamed of

Now tell me who's making love to your old lady
While you were out making love? (Oh)
Now who's making love to your old lady
While you were out making love?

I know there are some women gives the other excuse
I'm not tryin' to run your life, boy it's up to you
Oh you, oh you, you and you, and you

The reason why I ask this question
I used to be the same old way
When I decided to straighten up
I found it was a bit too late
Oh yeah, that's when it all happened
Something I never, never dreamed of

Somebody was-a lovin' my old lady
While I was out making love
Somebody was-a lovin' my old lady
While I was out making love (listen now)
Now who's making love to your old lady
While you were out making love?
(Who? Who? Your old lady)
(While you were out making love)

Overall Meaning

The song "Who's Making Love" by Johnnie Taylor is a soulful warning to men to be mindful of their actions and to not take their partners for granted. The narrative focuses on men who cheat on their partners and are oblivious to the fact that their significant other is also cheating on them. The song is essentially about considering the consequences of one's actions before engaging in them.


The opening lines of the song are an invitation to fellow men to gather around and receive some advice. Taylor implores his listeners to think twice before cheating on their partners. He warns them that while they are out cheating, someone else could be doing the same to their partner. The chorus of the song is a haunting reminder of the consequences of one's actions. Taylor asks the rhetorical question, "Now who's making love to your old lady while you were out making love?" This line is meant to make the listener ponder the possibility that their partner could be cheating on them while they are out doing the same.


The second verse of the song reinforces the message of the first. The listener is warned about mistreating their partner and being under the false assumption that women are to be beaten on and treated badly. The final verse of the song is Taylor sharing his own personal experience of being cheated on while he was out making love. The line "Somebody was loving my old lady while I was out making love" is a powerful reminder of the potentially devastating consequences of one's actions.


Line by Line Meaning

All you fellows, gather 'round me
Attention, gentlemen


And let me give you some good advice
Listen closely to my words


What I'm gonna, I'm gonna ask you now
The question I'm about to ask is important


You better think about it twice
Consider the consequences carefully


While you're liking cheating on your woman
When you're enjoying infidelity


There is something you never even thought of
There's a hidden consequence you haven't considered


Now tell me who's making love to your old lady
Who's having an affair with your partner


While you were out making love? (Hear me now)
While you were being unfaithful? (Listen closely)


I've seen so, so many fellows
I've witnessed countless men


Fall in that same old bag
Fall into the same trap


Thinking that a woman is made to
Believing that women are meant to


To be beat on and treated so bad
Be mistreated and abused


Oh, fellows, let me ask you something
Gentlemen, may I inquire


I'm sure that you never even dreamed of
About something you've probably never considered


I know there are some women gives the other excuse
I understand that some women give flimsy excuses


I'm not tryin' to run your life, boy it's up to you
I'm not attempting to control your life, it's your decision


The reason why I ask this question
Why I'm inquiring about this


I used to be the same old way
I used to behave the same


When I decided to straighten up
When I resolved to improve myself


I found it was a bit too late
I realized I was too late


Oh yeah, that's when it all happened
It was at that moment when everything changed


Something I never, never dreamed of
An unexpected occurrence


Somebody was-a lovin' my old lady
Someone was having an affair with my partner


Now who's making love to your old lady
Who's currently unfaithful to you


While you were out making love?
While you were being unfaithful?




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Bettye Jean Barnes Crutcher, Donald Davis, Homer Banks, Raymond E. Jackson

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johnny zell

All you fellows, gather 'round me
And let me give you some good advice
What I'm gonna, gonna ask you now
You better think about it twice
While you're out cheating on your woman
There's something you never even thought of, and that is
[Chorus]
Who's making love to your old lady
While you were out making love [(hear me now]
Who's making love to your old lady
While you were out making love
I've seen so, so many fellows
Fall in that same old bag
Thinking that a woman is made to,
To be beat on and treated so bad
Oh, fellows, let me ask you something
I'm sure that you never even dreamed of,
[Chorus]
I know there are some women gives the other excuse
I'm not tryin' to run your life, boy it's up to you
Oh, you oh, you,
Reason why I ask this question
I used to be the same old way
When I decided to straighten up
I found it was a bit too late
Oh, that's when it all happened
Something I never, never dreamed of
Somebody was-a lovin' my old lady
While I was out making love
Somebody was-a lovin' my old lady
While I was out making love
Now who's making love to your old lady
While you were out making love
(Who? Who? Your old lady) (While you were out making love)



Down North

… All you fellows, gather 'round me
And let me give you some good advice
What I'm gonna, gonna ask you now
You better think about it twice
While you're out cheating on your woman
There's something you never even thought of, and that is
… Who's making love to your old lady
While you were out making love (hear me now)
Who's making love to your old lady
While you were out making love
… I've seen so, so many fellows
Fall in that same old bag
Thinking that a woman is made to,
To be beat on and treated so bad
Oh, fellows, let me ask you something
I'm sure that you never even dreamed of,
… Who's making love to your old lady
While you were out making love
Who's making love to your old lady
While you were out making love
… I know there are some women gives the other excuse
I'm not tryin' to run your life, boy it's up to you
Oh, you oh, you,
… Reason why I ask this question
I used to be the same old way
When I decided to straighten up
I found it was a bit too late
Oh, that's when it all happened
Something I never, never dreamed of
… Somebody was-a lovin' my old lady
While I was out making love
Somebody was-a lovin' my old lady
While I was out making love
Now who's making love to your old lady
While you were out making love



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Frost Boss Jones

My grandfather was Mr Taylor's bodyguard... His music played in my household daily... Now my kids hear it! Wonderful music

Barbara Butler

💙💙💙

Crazy horse

Oh man I know he has some great stories.

Cathy Johnson

How lucky you were

Brenda Shubert

My mom used to turn this on when my father drove up. He would get mad and break the record. The next day my mom would have another copy. I was a kid and didn't get why he would get mad over a record of why she would keep playing it !

Sherri Solomon

Bren, LMBO at your comment!

2020 Ehud

lol

Pateg7

LOL... Well he knew she wasn't fooled.

Ebony B.

Because of the lyrics.

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Kevin Robicheaux

Johnnie Taylor is the most underappreciated blues singer ever he's probably one of the greatest to ever grab a mic rest in peace Johnny

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