What You Gave Away
David Ruffin Lyrics


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You've given me so much warmth
I don't see how I could ever grow cold
In my mind there's a picture of you and I
That nobody has the price to buy

I don't know what made you change your mind
But you'll be back It's just a matter of time
'Cause what you gave me is more than enough to last
Ooh, baby What you gave me is more than enough to last

Yeah, into my life you came
Like a breath of spring
Giving me a song to sing
Though I know you're leaving
But I won't be grieving

'Cause time has a way of showing us
The things that we really need
And no matter where you go
I know you'll find your way back home
'Cause though I know it's not reality
You'll always be a part of me

'Cause what you gave me is more than enough to last
What you gave me is more than enough to last
What you gave me
What you gave me is more than enough to last

Yes, yes it's more
It's more than enough to last
Yes, yes it's more
It's more than enough to last

What you gave me is more than enough to last
What you gave me is more than enough to last




What you gave me is more than enough to last
What you gave me is more than enough to last

Overall Meaning

In the song "What You Gave Me" by David Ruffin, the singer reflects on a love that has come to an end. He remembers the warmth and happiness that his partner brought into his life, and how they shared an unbreakable bond that no one else could understand. Despite the pain of the breakup, Ruffin acknowledges that what his partner gave him was more than enough to last a lifetime. He expresses his belief that they will eventually find their way back to each other, even if it's not in this lifetime.


The lyrics of "What You Gave Me" are full of sadness and nostalgia, but they also convey a sense of hope and resilience. Ruffin sings about the power of love to endure even when things don't go as planned. He encourages his listeners to appreciate the people in their lives, even if they can't be together forever. The song's memorable chorus captures this sentiment: "What you gave me is more than enough to last."


Overall, "What You Gave Me" is a poignant and heartfelt tribute to a lost love. It reminds us that even when relationships end, the memories and emotions that they inspire can stay with us for a lifetime.


Line by Line Meaning

You've given me so much warmth
You have provided me with so much love and affection


I don't see how I could ever grow cold
I never want to lose the warmth you have provided me


In my mind there's a picture of you and I
I have a vivid memory of us together


That nobody has the price to buy
Our love is priceless and cannot be bought


I don't know what made you change your mind
I am unsure of what caused you to change your attitude


But you'll be back It's just a matter of time
I am confident that you will return to me eventually


'Cause what you gave me is more than enough to last
The love and affection you have provided me is more than sufficient to sustain me


Ooh, baby What you gave me is more than enough to last
Your love and affection is all I need to be happy


Yeah, into my life you came
You entered my life


Like a breath of spring
You brought a sense of renewal and freshness into my life


Giving me a song to sing
You have given me something to be happy about


Though I know you're leaving
Even though you are leaving me


But I won't be grieving
I will not be sad or upset


'Cause time has a way of showing us
The passage of time has a way of revealing things to us


The things that we really need
What is truly important to us


And no matter where you go
Regardless of where you are going


I know you'll find your way back home
You will eventually return home


'Cause though I know it's not reality
Although it may not be realistic


You'll always be a part of me
You will always have a special place in my heart


Yes, yes it's more
Absolutely, it is more


It's more than enough to last
It is more than adequate to sustain me


What you gave me
The love and affection you have provided me


What you gave me is more than enough to last
Your love is more than sufficient to keep me happy




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: NICKOLAS ASHFORD, VALERIE SIMPSON

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Average Voter Smith

This is one of my favorite David Ruffin songs; its not the most popular but I love it.

Surasa Wandenoor

Mine too.The lyrics are deep,his voice so soulfoul and gorgeous it gives me goosebumps and the rythm of the song is of a love song but on the edge of drama but still so sweet and classy.Pure gold.

Steven Edwards

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU SAY, A HEART AND VOICE OF GOLD

Jimmy Mann Northern soul collection.

the mans voice is honey coated gold,,

BISHOP The Poet

Silk & Sandpaper - Heaven & Hell, Sinfully Soulful, Smooth With The Roughness.... Sing In Peace King David!!!

Bianca Bagnolet

c'est magnifique c'est tellement géniale c'est fantastique j'adore 👍

Glenmore Brown

David was the best and cared a lot about how he sound

Victor Thomas

In my mind there is a picture of You and I . BUT YOU LEAVING THE BETTER MAN BEHIND. TIME HAS A WAY OF SHOWING US THE THINGS WE REALLY NEED! STRAIGHT PIMPING !! #MEMPHIS #SUMMERTIME

Jeffrrey Conyers

We measure him by some to success with the Temps when his career of materials holds weight to this day as great!

steve hewitt

Quality.

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