Ain't Too Proud To Beg
David Ruffin Lyrics


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I know you wanna leave me,
But I refuse to let you go,
If I have to beg, plead for your sympathy,
I don't mind 'cause you mean that much to me.

Ain't too proud to beg and you know it,
Please don't leave me girl,
Don't you go,
Ain't too proud to plead, baby, baby,
Please don't leave me, girl,
Don't you go.

Now I've heard a cryin' man
Is half a man with no sense of pride,
But if I have to cry to keep you,
I don't mind weepin' if it'll keep you by my side.

Ain't too proud to beg and you know it,
Please don't leave me girl,
Don't you go,
Ain't too proud to plead, baby, baby,
Please don't leave me, girl,
Don't you go.

If I have to sleep on your doorstep all night and day
Just to keep you from walking away,
Let your friends laugh, even this I can stand,
'cause I wanna keep you any way I can.

Ain't too proud to beg and you know it,
Please don't leave me girl,
Don't you go,
Ain't too proud to plead, baby, baby,
Please don't leave me, girl,
Don't you go.

Now I've got a love so deep in the pit of my heart,
And each day it grows more and more,
I'm not ashamed to call and plead to you, baby,
If pleading keeps you from walking out that door.

Ain't too proud to beg and you know it,
Please don't leave me girl,
Don't you go,
Ain't too proud to plead, baby, baby,




Please don't leave me, girl,
Don't you go.

Overall Meaning

In the lyrics of David Ruffin's "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," the singer is expressing his deep love and desperation to hold onto his significant other who is on the verge of leaving him. He starts by acknowledging the desire of his partner to leave but firmly states that he cannot let them go. He is willing to humble himself, beg, and plead for their compassion because their presence means the world to him. This shows the depth of his attachment and emotional dependency on the relationship.


The repeated refrain of "Ain't too proud to beg and you know it, Please don't leave me girl, Don't you go" highlights the vulnerability and fear of abandonment that the singer is experiencing. He is laying bare his emotions and admitting that he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep the relationship intact, even if it means compromising his pride. The use of repetition emphasizes the urgency and sincerity of his plea, emphasizing the importance of the relationship to him.


The singer addresses the societal expectation that a man should not show vulnerability or cry, portraying that as a sign of weakness. Despite this, he is willing to shed tears and express his emotions openly if that is what it takes to retain the love of his partner. This challenges traditional notions of masculinity and underscores the depth of his love and his willingness to go to great lengths to maintain the relationship.


The lyrics also convey a sense of determination and perseverance as the singer declares that he is willing to endure any hardship, including sleeping on the doorstep if it means preventing his partner from leaving. He is ready to face ridicule from others and is unashamed of the lengths he is willing to go to in order to hold onto his love. The overall message of the song is a heartfelt plea for understanding, compassion, and a plea to save a cherished relationship at all costs.


Line by Line Meaning

I know you wanna leave me,
I am aware that you are considering leaving me


But I refuse to let you go,
I am determined to keep you by my side


If I have to beg, plead for your sympathy,
I am willing to humble myself and ask for your forgiveness and understanding


I don't mind 'cause you mean that much to me.
I value you so much that I am willing to do whatever it takes to keep you




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Norman Whitfield, Edward Jr. Holland

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George Brown


on I Miss You, Pt. 2

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on I'm So Glad I Fell For You

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