I Want You Back
David Ruffin Lyrics


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When I had you to myself
I didn't want you around
Those pretty faces always made you
Stand out in a crowd
But someone picked you from the bunch
One glance was all it took
Now it's much too late for me
To take second look

Oh baby give me one more chance
To show you that I love you
Won't you please send me back in your heart

Oh darlin' I was blind to let you go
But now since I see you in his arms
I want you back
Yes I do now
I want you back
Ooh ooh baby
Yeah yeah, naw

Trying to live without your love
Is one long sleepless night
Let me show you girl
That I know wrong from right

Every street you walk on
I leave tear stains on the ground
Following the girl
I didn't even want around
Oh baby give me one more chance
To show you that I love you
Won't you please send me back in your heart

Abuh buh buh buh
All I want!
Abuh buh buh buh




All I need!
Abuh buh buh buh

Overall Meaning

In "I Want You Back," David Ruffin reminisces about a past relationship that he took for granted. When he had the woman in question to himself, he didn't appreciate her uniqueness or beauty. He allowed himself to be blind to her worth and let her slip away. When he sees her with someone else, he realizes that he's made a terrible mistake and that he wants her back. Ruffin acknowledges that he was wrong to let her go and that he wants to make amends for his actions. He promises to do things differently this time around and show her that he loves her. He follows her around, leaving tear stains on the ground, and begs for her to give him another chance.


The lyrics of "I Want You Back" are incredibly personal, and they speak to the pain that comes with losing someone you love. The song is relatable to anyone who has ever taken their partner for granted or wished they could go back in time and do things differently. The instrumentals of the song complement the lyrics perfectly, with the swinging beat and upbeat melody adding a touch of hopefulness to the otherwise melancholic words.


Line by Line Meaning

When I had you to myself
I took you for granted when we were in a relationship and didn't want anyone else to have you.


I didn't want you around
I pushed you away and didn't appreciate your presence.


Those pretty faces always made you Stand out in a crowd
I was jealous of other people paying attention to you because you're attractive.


But someone picked you from the bunch One glance was all it took
Someone else saw your worth and immediately fell in love with you.


Now it's much too late for me To take second look
I regret not seeing your true value sooner and missed my chance to be with you.


Oh baby give me one more chance To show you that I love you
I'm begging for another opportunity to prove my love to you.


Won't you please send me back in your heart
I'm asking you to let me back into your heart and give our relationship another try.


Oh darlin' I was blind to let you go
I realize now that I made a mistake in letting you go.


But now since I see you in his arms I want you back
I feel jealous and want you back now that you're with someone else.


Yes I do now I want you back
I'm expressing my desire to have you back in my life.


Ooh ooh baby Yeah yeah, naw
I'm singing to express my sadness and regret over losing you.


Trying to live without your love Is one long sleepless night
I'm having a hard time living without your love and it's causing me a lot of pain and sleepless nights.


Let me show you girl That I know wrong from right
I want to prove to you that I'm capable of treating you well and making the right choices in our relationship.


Every street you walk on I leave tear stains on the ground Following the girl I didn't even want around
I'm crying and feeling regretful as I follow you around even though I didn't appreciate you when we were together.


Abuh buh buh buh All I want!
I'm emphasizing that all I want is to be with you.


Abuh buh buh buh All I need!
I'm expressing that I need you in my life to be happy.


Abuh buh buh buh
This is an ad-lib and doesn't have a specific meaning.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Freddie Perren, Alphonso Mizell, Deke Richards, Berry Gordy Jr

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

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When I had you to myself, I didn't want you around
Those pretty faces always make you stand out in a crowd
But someone picked you from the bunch, one glance is all it took
Now it's much too late for me to take a second look
Oh baby, give me one more chance
(To show you that I love you)
Won't you please let me back in your heart
Oh darlin', I was blind to let you go
(Let you go, baby)
But now since I've seen you it is on
(I want you back)
Oh I do now
(I want you back)
Ooh ooh baby
(I want you back)
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
(I want you back)
Na na na na
Trying to live without your love is one long sleepless night
Let me show you, girl, that I know wrong from right
Every street you walk on, I leave tear stains on the ground
Following the girl I didn't even want around
Let me tell ya now
Oh baby, all I need is one more chance
(To show you that I love you)
Won't you please let me back in your heart
Oh darlin', I was blind to let you go
(Let you go, baby)
But now since I've seen you it is on
All I want
All I need
All I want!
All I need!
Oh, just one more chance
To show you that I love you
Baby baby baby baby baby baby!
(I want you back)
Forget what happened then
(I want you back)
And let me live again!
Oh baby, I was blind to let you go
But now since I've seen you it is on
(I want you back)
Spare me of this cost
(I want you back)
Give me back what I lost!
Oh baby, I need one more chance, hah
I'd show you that I love you
Baby, oh! Baby, oh! Baby, oh!
I want you back!
I want you back!



All comments from YouTube:

Bill Holmes

David Ruffin could sing the ingredients on a food label and make it sound soulful.

Felix Brown

That food corporation could only WISH they could work it like David Ruffin!

William Spencer

When we were young, my brothers and I ( 4 of us ) would sit at the dining room table and sing the ingrediants on canned food labels. Of course we didn't sound nearly as good as David nor the Temptations. LOL I am nearly 70 now.

Andrew Avon

Amen

Reenie

BEST VOICE EVER!!!!!!!!!

William Spencer

David could sing falsetto, first tenor, second tenor, baritone and that raspy gravely voice, all with ease.There has been no one like him.

LegalEducation Foundation

it was something definitely in his personality, his voice is somewhat unique. He's genuine.

Claude Praytor

Don't know for sure, but I guess all I have to do is put my ear to the speakers and really listen to the original Temps with David. I was told that when Eddie Kendricks is leading a song, that David Ruffin is singing first tenor in the harmony, and Otis is singing second tenor. I was under the impression that Otis would be singing first and David would be singing second tenor. I guess me growing up On The Temptations,I
should know that for sure by now.
But I believe David is a natural second tenor, somewhat like Dennis Edwards, but with a falsetto.

Queen Alika

This version is everything... I love when David Ruffin hit his high notes

Kevin Simpson

I just want to remind everyone that Michael Jackson payed for this man's funeral.. MUCH RESPECT!

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