On And Off
David Ruffin Lyrics


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From day to day you keep me guessing
Whether you're mine, ooh, baby
Sometimes I think you are
And sometimes you show me no sign, ooh, baby

You're like the weather
And it blows my mind
You turn your love

On and off, off and on
(Ooh you keep changing baby)
Change your love anytime you want to
(Like night and day, you turn your love)
On and off, off and on
(You keep changing baby)
Change your love anytime you want to

Sometimes your love burns like a fire
Ooh, too hot to hold, ooh, baby
And sometimes you freeze up like an iceberg
Oh, the chill burns so, you know you do, honey

You're like a faucet
Running hot and cold
You turn your love

On and off, off and on
(And it's blowin' my mind baby)
Change your love anytime you want to
(Change, keep changing like the weather)
On and off, off and on
(It's like night and day baby)
Change your love anytime you want to
(Change your love anytime you want to, ooh baby)

You're like the weather
And it blows my mind
You turn it on baby

On and off, off and on
(Baby)
Change your love anytime you want to
(You keep changing on me, every hour baby)
On and off, off and on
(Like every minute, you turn it on and off)
Change your love anytime you want to
(And it blows my mind)

You turn your love
On and off, off and on
(Change like the weather)
Change your love anytime you want to

You turn your love
On and off, off and on
(Like an iceberg)




Change your love anytime you want to
(Just like burnin' fire baby)

Overall Meaning

In David Ruffin's song "On and Off," he sings about a relationship that leaves him uncertain and frequently guessing whether or not his partner reciprocates his feelings. He compares his partner's love to the weather, stating that her emotions are unpredictable and erratic. Some days, he feels secure in her love, while other days, she rejects him altogether. He uses two different metaphors to describe her mood swings: a faucet and the weather. He states that she runs hot and cold, much like a faucet that unexpectedly switches from hot to cold water. In other instances, he mentions that she is "like the weather," indicating that she changes as suddenly and unpredictably as the weather.


David Ruffin's frustration with his partner's emotions is palpable throughout the song. He appears to be at his partner's whim, always questioning whether she returns his affection or not. Her indecisiveness plays with his emotions, leaving him feeling insecure and vulnerable. While he longs for a stable love, she seems to change her mind frequently, leading to a tumultuous relationship.


Overall, "On and Off" is a poignant song about an unstable relationship that rides on top-level emotions. Ruffin metaphorically shows how love can be unpredictable, just like the weather, and the lyrics can resonate with anyone who has experienced the uncertainty of love.


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Interesting Facts
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Line by Line Meaning

From day to day you keep me guessing
The singer states that he is clueless about the status of his relationship with the subject and is constantly anxious due to lack of clarity.


Whether you're mine, ooh, baby
David Ruffin admits that he is not certain if he is in a genuine relationship with the subject of the song.


Sometimes I think you are
The singer confesses that he sometimes believes he is in a loving relationship but for the most part, he is unsure.


And sometimes you show me no sign, ooh, baby
David Ruffin indicates that sometimes his partner acts as though their relationship is over which leaves the singer feeling abandoned.


You're like the weather
The subject's attitude towards the singer is as changeable as the atmospheric conditions.


And it blows my mind
David Ruffin admits that the unpredictable nature of his partner's love is overwhelming his ability to cope with it.


You turn your love
The subject is capable of switching their affection 'on and off' abruptly.


On and off, off and on
The unpredictable tendencies of the subject to switch their love interest in David Ruffin leads to confusion and frustration.


Change your love anytime you want to
The subject is capable of altering their emotions towards David Ruffin without a clear reason.


Sometimes your love burns like a fire
When the subject is genuinely reciprocating affection, their love for David Ruffin is intense and passionate.


Ooh, too hot to hold, ooh, baby
The heat from the subject's passion can be overwhelming for David Ruffin.


And sometimes you freeze up like an iceberg
The subject is also capable of shutting down their affection for David Ruffin, to the point where they appear to be cold and dismissive.


Oh, the chill burns so, you know you do, honey
Although unresponsive, the withdrawn manner of the subject towards David Ruffin still affects him deeply.


You're like a faucet
The unpredictability of the subject's attitude towards David Ruffin is akin to a tap which can switch from hot to cold at any moment.


Running hot and cold
The song repeats the faucet metaphor to emphasize the subject's erratic behavior as it pertains to the love they share with David Ruffin.




Lyrics © VAN MCCOY MUSIC, INC., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: VAN MCCOY

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Caesar Stroman

This song takes me back to the glory days of the 1970’s when I was a youngster. The whole album was awesome!!

Lestine Cramer

As Always a Great job . David Ruffin the Greatest Singer Ever. Love to hear him sing. David Ruffin Forever.

Me Me

Still my jam!

Maxine Boatwright

Love this song!!!!!!!

Tevin Twyman

David touch your heart and soul at the same time

Maurice Ogletree

I don't know what happened ... but this should have been a mega # one hit... smh

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Derek Leaphart

love this song

Clifford Riley

The best of the best

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