I've Got A Need For You
David Ruffin Lyrics


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See I′ve always been known as a strong man
Though a poor man, I still kept my pride
I've never shared love with nobody
Too afraid I′d be cast aside
See, but in you I've found something wonderful
I feel so secure in your embrace (ooh-ooh-ooh)
Since you've entered my world of seclusion
The fears of love′s been erased

Oh-oh, right now I′ve got a need for you
Deep down here and upside, darling
Oh, whoa! oh, I've got a need for you
That sets my soul on fire, fire, fire, fire

Before you came into my life (do-do-do)
I was carеful not to get involved (do-do-do)
′Cause I witnеssed the heartache of lovers (do-do-do)
And the problem that they couldn't solve
Oh, but slowly you crept up on me
And you showed me love′s better side
There's no doubt that I′d be lost without you
Though I couldn't get a feel for it, try, try, try

'Cause, whoa! I′ve got a need for you
Deep down here inside (deep down here inside)
Oh, let us say, whoa! I′ve got a need for you
That sets my soul on fire, fire, fire, oh

I'm well from every kiss you give me (do-do-do)
Oh, they warm me on each chilly night (do-do-do)
Respect your sweetness brought to me (do-do-do)
Has changed my outlook on life
Baby your smile′s like the morning sun
It shines for me each day, yeah (do-do-do)
Yeah, your love is such a priceless treasure
Oh please, don't let it slip away
I love to say

Yeah, I′ve got a need for you
Deep, deep down here inside
And I'll say, yeah, I′ve got a need for you
That sets my soul on fire, fire, fire

Oh, I've got a need for you (oh, I've got a, I know I′ve got a need for you)
Deep down here inside (it′s deep down, deep down here inside)
Say, whoa! I've got a need for you (I know I got a need, I got a need for you)
That sets my soul on fire, fire, fire

Oh, whoa! I′ve got a need for you (oh, I know I got a need for you)
Deep down here inside




Oh, I say, yeah, I've got a need for you
That sets my soul on fire...

Overall Meaning

In "I've Got A Need For You," David Ruffin sings about his newfound love and how it has changed him. Before meeting his partner, he was a strong man but also closed off emotionally to avoid the pain and heartache he saw in other lovers. However, in his partner's embrace, Ruffin finally feels secure and loved, erasing his fears about love. The chorus proclaims Ruffin's need for his partner, deep down inside, which sets his soul on fire.


One interesting interpretation of the song is that Ruffin is singing about his need for love in general, not just his partner. The verses describe his past reluctance to engage with love and the pain he witnessed in other people's relationships. In this reading, the chorus becomes a declaration that he needs love, either from his partner or from anyone who can fill that void.


Another possible interpretation is that Ruffin is acknowledging his vulnerability and the power dynamic in his relationship. As a poor man, he may feel that his partner has more power or status, but he still asserts his need for them. The line "Though I couldn't get a feel for it" suggests that he may still be uncertain in the relationship, but he is willing to try.


Overall, "I've Got A Need For You" is a soulful love song that explores themes of vulnerability, emotional openness, and the need for connection.


Interesting Facts about "I've Got A Need For You":


Interesting Facts
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Line by Line Meaning

See I've always been known as a strong man
I have a reputation for being strong and resilient


Though a poor man, I still kept my pride
Even though I don't have much money, I still have self-respect


I've never shared love with nobody
I've never been in love with anyone before


Too afraid I'd be cast aside
I was scared of getting rejected or abandoned


See, but in you I've found something wonderful
However, I now have found something amazing in you


I feel so secure in your embrace (ooh-ooh-ooh)
I feel safe and protected when I am with you


Since you've entered my world of seclusion
Since you've come into my life when I was isolating myself


The fears of love's been erased
I am no longer afraid of loving someone because of you


Oh-oh, right now I've got a need for you
I have a deep desire for you at this moment


Deep down here and upside, darling
It is a profound and strong longing that I have for you


Oh, whoa! oh, I've got a need for you
I really need you and can't do without you


That sets my soul on fire, fire, fire, fire
You set me on fire and make me feel alive in a way I never have before


Before you came into my life (do-do-do)
Prior to meeting you


I was careful not to get involved (do-do-do)
I was cautious about getting into a relationship


'Cause I witnessed the heartache of lovers (do-do-do)
Because I saw how much pain loving someone could cause


And the problem that they couldn't solve
The issue that they were unable to overcome


Oh, but slowly you crept up on me
But little by little, you won me over


And you showed me love's better side
You demonstrated how beautiful love can be


There's no doubt that I'd be lost without you
I am sure that I would be utterly lost if you were not in my life


Though I couldn't get a feel for it, try, try, try
Although it took me some time to realize it, I did eventually


'Cause, whoa! I've got a need for you
I really need you


Deep down here inside (deep down here inside)
This need is deep inside of me


Oh, let us say, whoa! I've got a need for you
I am acknowledging and expressing my need for you


That sets my soul on fire, fire, fire, oh
It is a need that consumes me and fills me with passion


I'm well from every kiss you give me (do-do-do)
Every kiss you give me makes me feel better


Oh, they warm me on each chilly night (do-do-do)
They bring warmth and comfort to my coldest nights


Respect your sweetness brought to me (do-do-do)
I appreciate the kindness and tenderness that you show me


Has changed my outlook on life
You have altered my perspective on life in a positive way


Baby your smile's like the morning sun
Your smile is as bright and beautiful as the sunrise


It shines for me each day, yeah (do-do-do)
It brightens my day every time I see it


Yeah, your love is such a priceless treasure
Your love is invaluable and highly cherished by me


Oh please, don't let it slip away
I beg you not to allow this love to fade or disappear


I love to say
It fills me with joy to declare


Yeah, I've got a need for you
I really need you


Deep, deep down here inside
This requirement is rooted deep within me


And I'll say, yeah, I've got a need for you
I will continue to express my need for you


That sets my soul on fire, fire, fire
It is a need that fills me with passion and excitement


Oh, whoa! I've got a need for you (oh, I know I've got a need for you)
I really do require you in my life


Deep down here inside (it's deep down, deep down here inside)
This need is rooted in the deepest parts of my being


Say, whoa! I've got a need for you (I know I got a need, I got a need for you)
I declare that I really do need you


That sets my soul on fire, fire, fire
It ignites a passion within me that cannot be contained




Writer(s): J. Bristol, C. Peters

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2mose2

I first heard this done by the Originals. David's voice takes it to another level.

Ujima Jame

I am sorry but I prefer The Originals' clear and smooth original.

Casper Sneep

Just discoverd this song on spotify, but I had to leave a comment here because this song lifted my mood!

Kratos8462

Casper Sneep man came on while I was cleaning my kitchen lol came here immediately

Iago Ribeiro

same here, just discovered through a radio of another amazing song

maejackson4403

Yes I like this song for real

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Janjan Palmer

love this guys voice and insane range :) thanks for sharing

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no rzeczywiście dobry kawałek #klawiter

TomorrowHappened

Incredible

Szymon Nowak

Bo lubię glosy zza kadru w jego odcinkach

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