I Wanna Be With You
David Ruffin Lyrics


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Oh, babe
Oh, when we met, I can't forget
The way you looked at me
And the vision that went through my mind
Of things that were to be
I loved to see that smile on your face
And all those fancy clothes
And I didn't know we'd fall in love
Oh, so the story goes

Lovin' you is good for me
Ooh, it feels so nice
If I could do it all over again
I know I'd pick you twice
This I say, sincerely to you
'Cause I want you to know
I'd stick right by your side
And I'd never let you go

Through my life, I've been lonely (I'm here, baby)
Now that I have you only
You look good in everything you wear
I love the way you fix your hair
This I say, sincerely to you
'Cause I want you to know, darlin'
I'd stick right by your side
Oh, and then I'd never let you go, baby

Mm, this spell that you've got over me (You've got it, babe)
Ooh, it seems so strong (It's strong, darlin')
Keep this fire burning inside me (Plug it up inside)
Don't let a thing go wrong (Oh, baby)

I love you
And I wanna be with you
I wanna, I wanna be with you
I love you




And I wanna be with you
Just let me by your side, I'll be your guide, woman

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of David Ruffin's song "I Wanna Be With You" expresses his love and devotion towards a woman he met, reminiscing about the day they met and the vision that went through his mind. He talks about how loving her is good for him, and how he wishes he could do it all over again, claiming that he'd pick her twice. He promises to stick by her side and never let her go, expressing that he wants to be her guide and spend his life with her.


The chorus of the song repeatedly expresses his love for her and his desire to be with her, while the verses speak to the details of their relationship, from her appearance to the spell she has over him. He describes her in admiration, stating that she looks good in everything she wears and that he loves the way she fixes her hair. He promises to keep the fire burning inside of him and not let anything go wrong.


Overall, the song is a declaration of love and the desire to be with the one he loves. It speaks to the beauty and magic of a new relationship, the promise of a future together, and the devotion he has to his significant other.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh, babe
The singer is addressing his lover by calling her 'babe'.


Oh, when we met, I can't forget
The singer remembers their first meeting and how it made an impression on him.


The way you looked at me
The singer is remembering how his lover looked at him when they first met.


And the vision that went through my mind
The singer had a vision of the things that would happen between them when they first met.


Of things that were to be
The singer saw things in his vision that he believed would happen in the future between him and his lover.


I loved to see that smile on your face
The singer loved the way his lover smiled when they were together.


And all those fancy clothes
The singer loved the way his lover dressed up in fancy clothes.


And I didn't know we'd fall in love
The singer didn't realize that they would fall in love with each other when they first met.


Oh, so the story goes
This is just how their love story played out.


Lovin' you is good for me
Being in love with his lover is good for the singer's well-being.


Ooh, it feels so nice
Being in love with his lover feels great to the singer.


If I could do it all over again
The singer would choose to be with his lover again if given the chance.


I know I'd pick you twice
The singer would choose his lover twice if given the chance to start over again.


This I say, sincerely to you
The singer is speaking the truth about his feelings for his lover.


'Cause I want you to know
The singer wants his lover to understand how he feels about her.


I'd stick right by your side
The singer promises to always be there for his lover.


And I'd never let you go
The singer will never let his lover go.


Through my life, I've been lonely (I'm here, baby)
The singer has experienced loneliness in his life, but now he has his lover.


Now that I have you only
The singer is now with his lover exclusively.


You look good in everything you wear
The singer thinks that his lover looks great in anything she wears.


I love the way you fix your hair
The singer loves the way his lover styles her hair.


Mm, this spell that you've got over me (You've got it, babe)
The singer feels under his lover's spell and she has control over him, but he loves it.


Ooh, it seems so strong (It's strong, darlin')
The spell that his lover has over him feels very strong to the singer and he loves it.


Keep this fire burning inside me (Plug it up inside)
The singer wants the passion between him and his lover to continue burning brightly and to keep it inside.


Don't let a thing go wrong (Oh, baby)
The singer doesn't want anything to ruin the relationship between him and his lover.


I love you
The singer tells his lover how much he loves her.


And I wanna be with you
The singer wants to be with his lover.


I wanna, I wanna be with you
The singer really wants to be with his lover.


Just let me by your side, I'll be your guide, woman
The singer wants to be by his lover's side and help guide her through life.




Writer(s): Ben Adkins

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George Brown


on I Miss You, Pt. 2

David Ruff in is the best of the best okkk miss your voice sir.

George Brown


on I'm So Glad I Fell For You

David is this best

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