Heavy Love
David Ruffin Lyrics


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You left a yearning, in my heart
And I can't soothe it, naw, naw, baby
I can't find another thrill, strong enough to remove it
This HEAVY LOVE
It's too high to get over, naw
It's too deep to get under, naw
It's too wide to get around
And it's weighing me down
This HEAVY LOVE, oooweee, baby
It's too high to get over
Watch out you might drown
(Too deep to get under)
It's too deep to get under, baby
It's too wide to get around
And it's weighing me down
Oh why, tell me why
Have I been condemned to love only you
Why, tell me why
Can't I spread my wings and fly above you
To the world beyond

These memories that cloud my mind
I can't erase them - I've tried hard, baby
I can't find another love, strong enough to replace them Aaaawww, naw, oooooo this HEAVY LOVE
It's so high
(To high to get over)
I can't get over I've tried
Too deep to get under - you might drown
Too wide to get around - and it's weighing me down
Oh why, tell me why
Have I been condemned to love only you
Why, somebody tell me why
Can't I spread my wings and fly above you
To the world beyond
This HEAVY LOVE, baby
It's too high to get over, you can't jump that high
(Too deep to get under) ooohhh, baby, you might drown
(Too wide to get around) you can't get around, Oh baby, and it's weighing me down
It's weighing me down
You got my heart stopped, baby
(Weighing me down)
It's weighing me down, down
This HEAVY LOVE, baby
Too high to get over
It's too deep to get under
It's too wide to get around, baby
And it's weighing me down
It's weighing me down
Aaaww, can't you come back and tell
(Weighing me down)
It's weighing me down
This HEAVY LOVE, baby
It's too high to get over
It's too deep to get under
It's too wide to get around
And it's weighing me down
I want you to understand
(Weighing me down)
It's weighing me down
It's weighing...
This HEAVY LOVE, baby
It's too high to get over
Oh, I can't jump that high, baby
(Too deep to get under)
Oooohh, it's too deep to get under
It's too wide to get around
And it's weighing me down
Oohh, look like I got lead on my legs, baby
(Weighing me down)
Aaww, don't wanna drown

This HEAVY LOVE, baby
Too high to get over
It's too deep to get under
It's too wide to get around
And it's weighing me down
(Weighing me)
Please don't hurt me, baby




With this HEAVY LOVE, aawww, baby
Too high to get over

Overall Meaning

The song Heavy Love by David Ruffin tells a story of a love that is too heavy to bear. The lyrics are about a person who is deeply in love with someone, but that love is causing them immense pain and heartache. The love is described as being too high to get over, too deep to get under, and too wide to get around. The person is struggling to find a way to move on and forget this love, but they are unable to do so. They are left with memories that they cannot erase and a yearning in their heart that they cannot satisfy. The song expresses the pain of unrequited love and the struggle to move on from a strong emotional connection.


The lyrics to Heavy Love are very relatable as they speak to the universal experience of love and heartbreak. The song's powerful imagery helps to convey the pain of the situation being described. The repetition of the phrase "weighing me down" throughout the song emphasizes the burden of the love that the person is carrying. The lyrics also suggest a feeling of being trapped or imprisoned by the intensity of this love. The song's final lines, "too high to get over, too deep to get under," leave the listener with a sense of hopelessness and despair.


Line by Line Meaning

You left a yearning, in my heart
The person has left a void in my heart.


And I can't soothe it, naw, naw, baby
Nothing works to fill the void in my heart.


I can't find another thrill, strong enough to remove it
I can't find love or anything else that will fill the void.


This HEAVY LOVE
The love I have for this person is overwhelming.


It's too high to get over, naw
The love is too strong to overcome.


It's too deep to get under, naw
The love is too intense to avoid.


It's too wide to get around
The love is too encompassing to avoid.


And it's weighing me down
The love is emotionally draining.


Oh why, tell me why
I'm questioning why I only love this person.


Have I been condemned to love only you
I feel like I'm being punished for only being able to love this person.


Can't I spread my wings and fly above you
I want to be able to move on from this love.


To the world beyond
I want to experience love with someone else.


These memories that cloud my mind
Memories of this person are consuming me.


I can't erase them - I've tried hard, baby
I can't forget about this person, no matter how hard I try.


I can't find another love, strong enough to replace them
There's no other love that can compare to the love I have for this person.


This HEAVY LOVE
The love I have for this person is overwhelming.


It's so high
The love is too strong to overcome.


(To high to get over)


I can't get over I've tried
I've tried to move on from this love, but can't.


Too deep to get under - you might drown
The love is too intense to avoid.


Too wide to get around - and it's weighing me down
The love is too encompassing and emotionally draining.


Oh why, tell me why
I'm questioning why I only love this person.


Have I been condemned to love only you
I feel like I'm being punished for only being able to love this person.


Why, somebody tell me why
I'm asking for an explanation as to why I can't love someone else.


It's weighing me down
The love is emotionally draining.


You got my heart stopped, baby
This person has my heart.


This HEAVY LOVE, baby
The love I have for this person is overwhelming.


Oohh, look like I got lead on my legs, baby
The love is weighing me down like a heavy burden.


Please don't hurt me, baby
I don't want to be hurt by this love.


(Weighing me)


Aaww, don't wanna drown
I don't want to be consumed by this love.


It's too high to get over
The love is too strong to overcome.


Oooohh, it's too deep to get under
The love is too intense to avoid.


And it's weighing me down
The love is emotionally draining.




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Critter

Rest in peace, gifted artist, David Ruffin and producer/writer, Van McCoy.  What a great performance and musical arranging. They just don't make music like this anymore......Thanks for posting!

michael crandle

Yes David Ruffin is indeed one of the greatest singers with or without the temptations 🙏❤👍

Gabe Eskridge

And that's a fact

Tar heels 215

FACTS

michael crandle

@Tar heels 215 yes indeed.

Omayemi Gatling

Almost 50 years later and I'm getting a new surge from this song.

Orapeleng Mashinini

Masterpiece, Truly Timeless 👌👌👌

SYLVIA HILL

This song take you too another level .My mind just goes waaaaay back.R.I.P THE MACK DAVID RUFFIN ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

barrys

I loved Ruffin, but Van McCoy is criminally underrated and under-appreciated. This jam is one of my favorites from both of them.

Joyce L. Kearsley

This song just melt my heart.

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