Slow Dance
David Ruffin Lyrics


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Slow it down
Ooh, baby
Slow it down
I′ve been watchin' you all night long, baby
I′ve been wantin' to get next to you, darling
You look so good baby
And I just wanna dance with you, Oooh
I've been waiting all night long
For a slow song
To dance with you
I don′t wanna jump around
I don′t wanna boogie down
I don't wanna prance
Cause I need romance

I just wanna hold you near
Whisper in your ear
Picture is clear
I want you my dear

Lets slow dance
Slow dance with you
Oooh, Slow it down
Dance the night away

All the music has been to fast
A slow dance comes at last
How long will it last
Now that I have you in my hands
We′ll gently slow dance right away

The music almost done
But we can still have fun
Why waste any time
Lets go to your place or mine

Lets slow dance
We can Slow dance
I wanna dance with you
Cause you know what to do
In those skin tight pants
I love the way you dance
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna
Slow dance with only you baby

Oooh, Slow it down
Oooh, Slow it down
Slow it down
Take it slow don't let go
We got time baby
Lets go to your place or mine
Need it bad, the best I′ve ever had
I want you more and more and more

I've been waiting all night long
For a slow song
To dance with you
I don′t wanna be jumpin' around
I don't wanna boogie down
I don′t wanna prance
Cause I need romance

I just wanna hold you near
Whisper in your ear
Picture is clear
I want you my dear

Lets slow dance
I wanna slow dance
I wanna slow dance
With you all night long
It won′t take to much time
Let's go to your place or mine

Oh you move me
You groove me baby
Those skin tight pants
I love the way that you dance
I don′t wanna
Jump around all night long
I wanna hold you close in my arms
Just to see what its like being near
Wanna slow dance with only you my dear




Cheek to Cheek, Toe to Toe
More and more let's dance baby

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "Slow Dance" by David Ruffin express the desire for an intimate and romantic connection with someone. The singer has been watching this person all night and finally wants to get close to them. The repetitive phrase "slow it down" emphasizes the longing for a slow dance, as opposed to the fast-paced dancing that has been happening so far.


The singer yearns for a moment of tenderness and closeness, wanting to hold the person near and whisper sweetly in their ear. They crave a slower pace, a chance to truly connect and experience romance. The song also suggests that the singer wants to take this connection beyond the dance floor, suggesting going to "your place or mine" and expressing their intense desire for the person.


Throughout the song, there is a clear insistence on the need for romance and a slower, more intimate experience. The lyrics highlight the singer's admiration for the way the person dances, particularly in "skin tight pants," suggesting their physical attraction as well. Overall, "Slow Dance" portrays the yearning for a deep connection and a passionate evening with someone special.


Line by Line Meaning

Slow it down
I don't want the music to be fast-paced, I want it to be slow.


Ooh, baby
I am expressing affection towards you.


I've been watchin' you all night long, baby
I have been observing you for the entire evening.


I've been wantin' to get next to you, darling
I have been desiring to be close to you.


You look so good baby
You have an attractive appearance.


And I just wanna dance with you, Oooh
All I want is to dance with you.


I've been waiting all night long
I have been patiently waiting for this moment all evening.


For a slow song
I have been waiting for a song that is relaxed and unhurried.


To dance with you
So I can dance with you.


I don't wanna jump around
I have no interest in dancing energetically.


I don't wanna boogie down
I don't want to dance in a wild and lively manner.


I don't wanna prance
I have no desire to engage in playful and lively dancing.


Cause I need romance
Because I desire and crave romantic intimacy.


I just wanna hold you near
I simply want to embrace you closely.


Whisper in your ear
I want to softly speak to you.


Picture is clear
I have a clear understanding or image of what I want.


I want you my dear
I desire you, my beloved.


Lets slow dance
Let's dance in a relaxed and unhurried manner.


Slow dance with you
Dance with you in a slow and intimate way.


Oooh, Slow it down
I want the music to be slower.


Dance the night away
Let's dance throughout the entire night.


All the music has been too fast
The songs played so far have had a fast tempo.


A slow dance comes at last
Finally, a slow song is being played.


How long will it last
I wonder how much time we will have to enjoy this slow dance.


Now that I have you in my hands
Now that I have the opportunity to be close to you.


We'll gently slow dance right away
We will immediately begin dancing slowly and tenderly.


The music almost done
The song is almost finished.


But we can still have fun
Even though the song is ending, we can still enjoy ourselves.


Why waste any time
There is no need to waste any precious moments.


Let's go to your place or mine
Shall we go to your home or mine?


We got time baby
We have enough time, my dear.


Need it bad, the best I've ever had
I crave it intensely, it would be the most amazing experience.


I want you more and more and more
My desire for you keeps growing.


Oh you move me
Your movements touch my soul deeply.


You groove me baby
Your dancing style captivates and excites me.


Those skin tight pants
I admire the way your perfectly fitting pants accentuate your physique.


I love the way that you dance
I adore your dance moves.


I don't wanna jump around all night long
I don't want to engage in energetic dancing for the entire night.


I wanna hold you close in my arms
I want to embrace you tightly.


Just to see what it's like being near
I am curious to experience the feeling of being close to you.


Wanna slow dance with only you my dear
I want to dance slowly and intimately, exclusively with you.


Cheek to Cheek, Toe to Toe
We will dance with our cheeks and toes in close proximity.


More and more let's dance baby
Let's continue dancing, becoming more and more immersed in the moment.




Writer(s): Curtis Gadson, Roz Newberry, Ron Sanders

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Comments from YouTube:

Eric Brooks

This guy was super talented. He's definitely in a class of his own.

Jalen

Pure class.. In his own lane.. We still miss you ruffin... Rip to the goat

Okura Stockhausen

If I was born in his time, he'd be mine. What a raspy sexy voice you had David. Rip.

J Eshun

David Ruffins unique raspy & anguished tenor vocals always stood out, even when he was a memeber of the Temptations, who can forget My Girl, Aint Too proud To Beg. But when Marvin Gaye compliments your vocal skills as he once did about Mr Ruffin then you know your right up there

Augustus Caesar

Indeed. Marvin may have had more talent in the creative department than Ruffin. Yet even Marvin knew, he could not out sing Ruffin vocally. Marvin loved the manliness in Ruffins voice because he knew that the women (then) loved a more manlier voice & Ruffin could growl like a lion & go toe to toe vocally with a train or a hurricane & still soar as high as a eagle all while being able to land back down (vocally) like a dove or he could end on a note of thunder & lighting.

Pab

Imagine if Marvin and David had made a song together. Jeez!

Ced Bigby

Whoa there buddy or better yet a marvin gaye produced david ruffin album?👍smokinnnnn

jepaul ruffin

@Augustus Caesar i like that howl you used lol...couldnt many tenors hang with that wail, that howl, them upper notes that men shouldnt reach lol

D. 1992

@Augustus Caesar Spot on

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Howard Thomas

This is my kind of music. Real and genuine; not processed. Instruments can be heard and above all he sings delivering so smooth silky vocals.

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