Why
Diana Ross and the Supremes with the Temptations Lyrics


Ooh wah, ooh wah
Ooh wah, ooh wah
Ooh wah, ooh wah

Why do fools fall in love?
Why do birds sing so gay
And lovers await the break of the day
Why do they fall in love?
Why does the rain fall from up above?
Why do fools fall in love?
Why do they fall in love?

Love is a losing game
Love can be a shame
I know, I'm a fool you see
For that fool is me

Tell me why
Tell me why

Why do birds sing so gay
And lovers await the break of the day
Why do they fall in love?
Why does the rain fall from up above?
Why do fools fall in love?
Why do they fall in love?

Why does my heart
Skip a crazy beat?
For I know
It will reach defeat

Tell me why
Tell me why
Why do fools fall in love?
Tell me why
Tell me why

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: MORRIS LEVY, FRANKIE LYMON

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

ruffan

Gotta add the fact that "Losing You" was already written by Norman Whitfield in a key that would purposely make Ruffin strain to sing, to wring out the emotion of the lyrics on top of Ruffin's soulful delivery, as was done before with "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" and "Beauty is Only Skin Deep" and would continue throughout the rest of his career.

The partial story behind this particular performance, to my understanding, was Diana didn't want to sing "Losing You" in its original key or she couldn't comfortably manage.

So she called Berry Gordy who pulled some strings and convinced everyone to up the key of the song (by how much I can't remember).

Ruffin didn't care for the decision (understatement), but in this context he really adapted, forcing himself to sing higher than he normally would and straining his voice more than he would have without going into his falsetto voice.

So after all that, folks that argue he is just screaming and hollering, generalized traits of singers brought up in Gospel (i.e. Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, etc.), gotta at least give the man some credit for pushing himself, in the moment, as a vocalist.

He played Diana's little game of vocalist chicken, matched her, and beat her (depending on who you ask).



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David Richardson

RIP David Ruffin
RIP Ed Sullivan
RIP Melvin Franklin
RIP Eddie Kendricks
RIP Paul Williams
RIP Mary Wilson
RIP Flo Ballard (not in this video)

A moment in time I wish I came up during this era!

Sashine B.

I used to watch Ed Sullivan every Sunday, but I don't remember this performance. I do, however, remember lots of other Supremes and Temptations performances, including the world debut for Runaway Child, Running Wild, Love Child and other thrilling performances.

bach baroque

RIP Mary Wilson. The Motown greats are all getting up there in age, but their young superb voices will always be with us!

Promise You

Mary Wilson just died ok I see it’s edited

Booker Bright

@Gavilán Monce Yes God called them all to glory and yesterday he called Mary Wilson.😢

Booker Bright

You can now add Mary Wilson to the list. She died yesterday, February 8, 2021.

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Bri Yonce

I love Diana’s version of “I’m losing you” !

Leslie Tincher

I can't believe that never was released as a single. Fantastic. She was on point!

skepchica

@Reg Lawd 👏He 👏snapped👏

Reg

Until David came and it showed Diana how it's done

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