The Double Cross
David Ruffin Lyrics


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Let me tell you all about it
Sometimes, I think about it
And my poor heart wants to die about it ohh
About this sweet sweet love i lost
And the way i got double crossed
By a guy who was my friend
I see him now and then, but
I pretend im doing fine, but im about to lose my mind
Ohhh
You know i told my father all about it
And he just jumped up and walked all
Around and laughed all Around all about it
He said "the love I think I lost"
And the way i got double double crossed
By a guy who was my friend, if I ever see him again
Tell him he can't really win
Cause she'll be back to see me again!
Ohhhh love, ohhhhh
Not now my father, made no vest

But I forgot, I forgot to tell him all the rest
I received an invitation about a
Month ago, to a wedding I decided not to go
Cause couldn't stand the pain, I would have been so ashamed
To see the girl I love, walk away to take another name
That's why I sit down, sit down and ask my brother all about it
Yes I did
Ohh I sit down and I talk to my father all about it
About the love I think I lost,
And the way I got double double Double, double crossed
By a guy who was my friend
If I ever see him again
Know that she'll be back again
Ohhhh
Not the double cross
Ohh baby
About the double cross
Ohhhh, baby not the double cross




I don't wanna lose a good thing
That's right sit down, 24 hours

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of David Ruffin's song The Double Cross tell the story of a man who has been betrayed in love by a friend. The song conveys the emotions of heartbreak, anger, and confusion as the singer recounts the events leading up to the double cross. The singer's father is mentioned in the song, and he is portrayed as being sympathetic to his son's plight, but perhaps not fully comprehending the gravity of the situation. The singer then turns to his brother to confide in and seek advice. The double cross is not fully explained in the lyrics, leaving the listener to imagine the details of the betrayal.


The song's melancholic melody accentuates the somber mood of the lyrics, with Ruffin's powerful and soulful voice providing an emotional punch. The use of repetition in the refrain "about the love I think I lost, and the way I got double double crossed" further emphasizes the singer's feelings of betrayal and loss.


Line by Line Meaning

Let me tell you all about it
I am about to share my story


Sometimes, I think about it
The memories still haunt me


And my poor heart wants to die about it ohh
The pain is unbearable


About this sweet sweet love i lost
I lost the love of my life


And the way i got double crossed
My friend betrayed me


By a guy who was my friend
The one who broke my heart was my friend


I see him now and then, but
I still run into him


I pretend im doing fine, but im about to lose my mind
I try to act tough, but I'm breaking down inside


You know i told my father all about it
I confided in my father


And he just jumped up and walked all Around and laughed all Around all about it
He didn't take my pain seriously


He said "the love I think I lost"
My father had his own heartbreak


And the way i got double double crossed
My friend's betrayal was especially painful


By a guy who was my friend, if I ever see him again
If I see him again, he will regret it


Tell him he can't really win
He won't keep me away from my love forever


Cause she'll be back to see me again!
We will reunite eventually


Not now my father, made no vest
My father can't console me right now


But I forgot, I forgot to tell him all the rest
I left out important details from my story


I received an invitation about a Month ago, to a wedding I decided not to go
I declined a wedding invitation because it was too painful


Cause couldn't stand the pain, I would have been so ashamed
I couldn't bear the thought of seeing my love marry someone else


To see the girl I love, walk away to take another name
It would be devastating to watch her marry someone else


That's why I sit down, sit down and ask my brother all about it
I turn to my brother for comfort


Ohh I sit down and I talk to my father all about it
I confide in my father again


About the love I think I lost,
I can't stop thinking about my lost love


And the way I got double double Double, double crossed
My friend's betrayal still stings


Know that she'll be back again
I am certain we will reunite


Ohhhh
I am still hurting


Not the double cross
I can't bear to think about the betrayal


Ohh baby
It hurts so much


About the double cross
The betrayal is my greatest pain


Ohhhh, baby not the double cross
Please don't make me think about the betrayal


I don't wanna lose a good thing
I can't bear to lose my love again


That's right sit down, 24 hours
I need time to process and heal




Writer(s): George Gordy, Allen Story

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@christopherwilliams8851

the way he hit them high notes out of nowhere wonderful

@turkeyeyes1

Christopher Williams soul!!

@bolder2009

Very similar to Jackie Wilson

@jaajaarogers9101

Christopher Williams lovely voice I can’t believe he still went on singing and taking drugs OMG 😮 strong minded man

@jaajaarogers9101

bolder2009 yes

@illmaticjesus

Sporadic, absolutely chaotic timing. So powerful.

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@demetriusbrown7207

I just found this song. And it's really deep. It gets you in your feelings. God bless David Ruffin his music and talent will never ever be replaced. We love you Ruff. 🕊️🕊️🕊️🕊️❤️❤️❤️❤️💙💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏🙏

@LBuford216

"That's why I sit down...I sit down and ask my mother all about it..." David's vocal and that chord change were made in heaven!!

@LBuford216

I was there when he performed this song "Live" at Phelps Lounge in Detroit! He really did hit all those notes. That was the first time I shook hands with David Ruffin.

@N1RuffinFan

@@LBuford216 let's here more!

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