I Let Love Slip Away
David Ruffin Lyrics


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Huh uh uh uh uh...
Ooh huh baby...
I let love slip away.
Now all that I can say,
is here's a toast to a better day.
And a love that will come and stay
and keep me happy.
Love Oh Love Oh Love wherever you are.
I'll come on you near and afar.
Hurry love, as soon as you can.
Oh honey in the shape I'm in,
and make me happy.
Love Oh Love Oh Love Oh Love Oh Love.
Be as sweet and as caring as a dove.
Pleeeeeeease
Fly down, fly down from up above.
Take my hand, honey now, promise your love,
and I'll hold you tight.
With all of my might.
Now I sit back to wait
Oh hoo hooo hooo woo
I pray you don't make me too late.
Hurry love, hurry love as soon as you can honey,
and help me in the shape I'm in.
And make me happy.
Hurry loooooove.
Hurry love and in the shape I'm in.
Hurry love and make me happy.




Huuury love and keep me happy, yeah.
Hoooo oooooh ooooh oooh.

Overall Meaning

In David Ruffin's song "I Let Love Slip Away," the singer laments about a lost love that he didn't appreciate at the time. He acknowledges that he has made a mistake and now all he can do is hope for a better day and a love that will come and stay. He calls out to Love, wherever it may be, to come and be with him. He begs for Love to be sweet and caring, to fly down from above and take his hand, promising to hold Love tight with all his might.


The chorus of the song is a repetition of "Hurry love, as soon as you can, oh honey in the shape I'm in, and make me happy." The urgency in his voice underscores the immediate need for Love, emphasizing the regret and the longing. The use of "hurry love" is also reminiscent of the classic Motown hit by The Supremes, "You Can't Hurry Love," which adds to the overall feeling of nostalgia.


Overall, the song conveys a sense of remorse and a desire for redemption. It is a classic example of soulful R&B, filled with emotion and passion.


Line by Line Meaning

Huh uh uh uh uh...
Expressing a feeling of regret and sadness


I let love slip away.
Admitting to losing a chance at love


Now all that I can say,
Acknowledging a sense of helplessness


is here's a toast to a better day.
Raising a glass to hope for the future


And a love that will come and stay
Longing for a love that will last


and keep me happy.
Desiring happiness from a relationship


Love Oh Love Oh Love wherever you are.
Calling out for love to come


I'll come on you near and afar.
Willing to go wherever love may be found


Hurry love, as soon as you can.
Urging love to come quickly


Oh honey in the shape I'm in,
Acknowledging a need for emotional healing


and make me happy.
Desiring happiness from a relationship


Love Oh Love Oh Love Oh Love Oh Love.
Continuing to call out for love to come


Be as sweet and as caring as a dove.
Requesting love to be nurturing and gentle


Pleeeeeeease
Emphasizing the desperation for love


Fly down, fly down from up above.
Asking for love to come from a higher power


Take my hand, honey now, promise your love,
Asking for a commitment from love


and I'll hold you tight.
Promising to cherish and embrace love


With all of my might.
Showing a willingness to put in effort for the relationship


Now I sit back to wait
Acknowledging a sense of patience


Oh hoo hooo hooo woo
Expressing a sense of longing


I pray you don't make me too late.
Hoping that love will come before it's too late


Hurry love, hurry love as soon as you can honey,
Repeating the urgency for love to come quickly


and help me in the shape I'm in.
Asking for emotional healing from love


Hurry loooooove.
Continuing to call out for love to come


Hurry love and in the shape I'm in.
Reemphasizing the need for emotional healing


Hurry love and make me happy.
Continuing to express a desire for happiness from love


Huuury love and keep me happy, yeah.
Expressing a hope for long-lasting happiness from love


Hoooo oooooh ooooh oooh.
Ending the song with a soulful vocal expression




Writer(s): Anna Gaye, George Gordy, Allen Story

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Comments from YouTube:

Robert Velez

I let love slip away is the best song of David Ruffin's 2nd album and was written by Marvin Gaye and Anna Gordy! This song should have been released as a hit and in my opinion, one of David Ruffin's best performances!

blue cHucks

Marvin Gaye did not co write this song.. Ana Gordy did.. She was Marvin Gaye's first wife 🙄

a1992aron

this sRobert Velez This song is definitely the Ace of the album.

BeauHammer

This is one of my Favourite songs. I play it over and over. David Ruffin is my most Favourite singer of so many wonderful singers whose music I have enjoyed throughout my life. I love the beautiful way David can softly reach high notes and the raspiness of his baritone notes and the amazing emotion he puts into every song. RIP David Ruffin. You will never be forgotten.

Edwin Striggles

FOR A MAN WHO SPENT A LIFETIME IN PAIN SEARCHING FOR IT  HE HELPED MILLIONS SEEK IT  FIND IT AND FEEL  LOVE

Jimmie Smith

this should have been released as a single they let a hit slip away

King Abram

The incomparable voice of The great David Ruffin #1Fan

Sudan ThaGod

That's pure raw uncut G-O-D in his voice!!

TheShabazzProduction

One of my favorites, he kills it, what a voice.

magnipotentmartha1

His name is define his life, His voice is Golden Ruffness, and Fin sharp as a needle!His voice pierce your heart with complete Chills. DR. Ruffin the ninth NOTE!  

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