World Of Darkness
David Ruffin Lyrics


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The sun maybe shining sunny and bright
But my world is black like the the darkness of the night
For me the stars up above refuse to shine
Since I lost that precious baby of mine
Since I lost that precious baby of mine

The month of May, may bring blossoms to the trees
But all of this beauty I'm much to blind to see
Take away my sight it's no good to me
'Cause loneliness is my destiny
Lonely loneliness is my destiny

And I feel like crying, crying
Almost dying, dying, dying, dying

She left me in a world of darkness, darkness
When she took her sweet love away from me, oh yeah
She took her sweet love away from me

I walk the street at night with no destination
Since she been gone I have no inspiration
When I stop to see just what she's done to me
I see tear stained eyes, cloudy skies
I'm lonely man, just a half of man that needs his baby

So I feel like crying, crying
Feel like dying, dying, dying, dying, dying
The girl she left me in a state of confusion and darkness
When she took her sweet love away from me, oh yeah
Why did you take your sweet love away from me
Ooh why did you take it, baby?

In my heart I'm crying, sometimes I feel like dying, dying, dying, dying
She left me I a state of confusion and darkness
Girl, why, why, why did you take your love?
Oh baby, why did you take your love away from me?

I'm a world of darkness, can't see no light
No satisfaction, baby, nowhere in sight
I'm a lonely man
Just a half a man
That needs his baby
And I feel like crying
I'm in a world of darkness
I'm all alone, baby
Once she took her love
Why you take your love?
Why you take your love, baby, away from me?
I fell like crying in the morning
Crying in the evening

Oh baby, feel like dying, dying, dying, dying, dying, dying
You left me in a world of confusion and darkness
Why did you take it baby?
Why did you take your love away from me?
Why did you take your sweet love away from me?
I'm crying, I feel like dying

I'm crying, in a world of darkness
I'm crying, can't see no light
I'm crying, no satisfaction in sight
I'm crying, oh baby, I feel like dying
Lord have mercy, I feel like crying, crying, crying, crying

She left me in a world, in a world of confusion
Don't take it, don't take it, don't take it a way from me



Oh baby, don't take it away from me
Good God, don't take it away from me

Overall Meaning

The song "World Of Darkness" by David Ruffin is a heartfelt ballad that expresses the feelings of a man who has lost the love of his life. He compares his present state with the exterior world that seems shining and full of life. Nevertheless, for him, the world is dark like the night, and he is unable to see the stars. His world has become black since he lost his baby, and loneliness is now his destiny. He is in a state of confusion and struggles to make sense of his life without her. The pain of losing his love is portrayed vividly through his feelings, which make him feel like crying, dying, and hopeless.


Ruffin further expresses his feeling that the loss of the love of his life has made him a shallow man. He is just a half man who needs the love of his baby back to feel complete. He wanders aimlessly through the night streets, unable to find solace or any inspiration. He can't see any light and feels like he's in a world of darkness. He pleads with his lost love, asking her not to take her love away from him; he feels like dying without it.


Line by Line Meaning

The sun maybe shining sunny and bright
Despite the sunny and bright day outside, the singer is consumed with darkness.


But my world is black like the the darkness of the night
The world of the singer is shrouded in darkness, much like the night sky.


For me the stars up above refuse to shine
The stars which light up the night sky no longer shine for the singer.


Since I lost that precious baby of mine
The loss of a beloved partner has caused the singer's world to become dark and lonely.


The month of May, may bring blossoms to the trees
The month of May typically heralds the arrival of Spring, with new growth and blossoms appearing on trees.


But all of this beauty I'm much to blind to see
Despite the beauty of the Spring season, the singer is unable to appreciate it due to his emotional pain.


Take away my sight it's no good to me
The singer feels so lonely and lost without his partner that even having sight is pointless.


'Cause loneliness is my destiny
The singer's path in life has been decided, and it is one of lifelong loneliness and sadness.


And I feel like crying, crying
The singer is so overcome with emotion that he feels like crying.


Almost dying, dying, dying, dying
The pain of his loss is so great that the singer feels like he is on the brink of death.


She left me in a world of darkness, darkness
The singer's partner has left him in a world consumed by darkness and grief.


When she took her sweet love away from me, oh yeah
The loss of the love of his life has plunged the singer into a world of despair.


I walk the street at night with no destination
The singer wanders aimlessly through the night, with nowhere to go and nothing to do.


Since she been gone I have no inspiration
The singer's creative spark has been extinguished since his partner left him.


When I stop to see just what she's done to me
The singer reflects on what his partner leaving him has done to his life.


I see tear stained eyes, cloudy skies
The singer is consumed with sadness and sees only tears and darkness.


I'm lonely man, just a half of man that needs his baby
The singer feels incomplete and deeply lonely without his partner.


So I feel like crying, crying
The emotions the singer is experiencing are so strong that he feels like crying.


Feel like dying, dying, dying, dying, dying
The pain of his loss is so intense that the singer feels like dying.


The girl she left me in a state of confusion and darkness
The singer's partner leaving him has caused him to become confused and lost in darkness.


Why did you take your sweet love away from me
The singer is consumed with grief and unable to understand why his partner left.


In my heart I'm crying, sometimes I feel like dying, dying, dying, dying
The singer's emotional pain is so great that sometimes he feels like dying.


I'm a world of darkness, can't see no light
The singer's world is devoid of happiness or hope and he cannot see a way out of his sadness.


No satisfaction, baby, nowhere in sight
The singer cannot find any sense of satisfaction or happiness since his partner left.


Just a half a man that needs his baby
The singer feels incomplete without his partner and needs her to feel whole again.


I'm crying, can't see no light
The singer is consumed with sadness and unable to see any glimmer of hope in his life.


Don't take it, don't take it, don't take it away from me
The singer is pleading with his partner to not take her love away from him.


Oh baby, don't take it away from me
The singer is desperately begging his partner not to leave him and take her love away.


Lord have mercy, I feel like crying, crying, crying, crying
The singer's emotional pain is so great that he feels like crying and is pleading with a higher power for help.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: HARVEY FUQUA, THOMAS KEMP

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John Anderson

The most amazing voice to come out of motown. Along with levi stubbs, ollie woodson. I could listen to theese three guys all night and day. My thanks to the Creater. for giving me ears to hear theese three amazing voices. World of darkness is simply one David 's greatest recordings.

John Anders

Ollie Woodson can give David, his idol as well as the great Levi Stubbs a run for their money. To me theese wrere the voices of Motown.

Alan Wilson

Ollie woods on? Come ON man!

julesmonroe47

David Ruffin... A Vocal Gymnast !!!

a1992aron

@Alan Wilson Indeed. Double Cross is one of my favorite joints of the whole world ended album

Alan Wilson

@a1992aron have you heard DOUBLE CROSS? WHAT A VOCALIST THIS MAN WAS.

a1992aron

a vocal genius

James Winstead

Mr. Ruffin mirrored my life!

Robert Chatman

David ruffin and Sam cooke. Two great voices straight from heaven. Oh yeah*****.

Terry Bowlin

David Ruffin the greatest singer ever, in creation

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