Ain't That Peculiar
Martha Reeves Lyrics


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Honey you do me wrong but still I'm crazy about you
Stay away too long and I can't do without you
Every chance you get you seem to hurt me more and more
But each hurt makes my love stronger than before
I know flowers go through rain
But how can love go through pain

Ain't that peculiar
A peculiar-arity
Ain't that peculiar baby
Peculiar as can be

You tell me lies that should be obvious to me
I've been so much in love with you baby til I don't want to see
That things you do and say are designed to make me blue
It's a doggone shame my love for you makes all
Your lies seem true
But if the truth makes love last longer
Why do lies make my love stronger

Ain't that peculiar
Peculiar as can be
Ain't that peculiar baby
A peculiar-arity

I cried so much just like a child that's lost its home
Maybe baby you think these tears I cry are tears of joy
A child can cry so much until you do everything they say
But unlike a child my tears don't help me to get my way
I know love can last through years
But how can love last through tears

Now ain't that peculiar baby
A peculiar-arity
Ain't it peculiar baby
Peculiar as can be





Said I don't understand it baby
It's so strange sometimes

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Ain't That Peculiar" by Martha Reeves express the confusion and frustration of a person who is in love with someone who repeatedly hurts and lies to them. The singer acknowledges that their love is strong, but they can't understand how it can survive the pain and deceit that their partner inflicts on them. There is a poignant contrast between the singer's vulnerability, as indicated by their tears, and their determination to hold on to their love even when it hurts.


The repetition of the phrase "ain't that peculiar" in the chorus brings home the oddness and unpredictability of love, which can make us act against our own interests and keep us hooked on someone who treats us poorly. The use of the word "peculiar" adds a touch of whimsy to the song, and suggests that the singer is trying to make sense of a situation that defies easy explanation or rationality.


Taken as a whole, "Ain't That Peculiar" is a poignant commentary on the complexity of romantic love, and the ways in which it can challenge and confound us. It speaks to the universal experience of loving someone who doesn't always love us back, and reminds us of the enduring power of love even in the face of adversity.


Line by Line Meaning

Honey you do me wrong but still I'm crazy about you
Despite your mistreatment of me, I cannot help the overwhelming love I feel for you.


Stay away too long and I can't do without you
I have become so dependent on your presence in my life that I cannot function properly without you.


Every chance you get you seem to hurt me more and more
You continuously take every opportunity to cause me pain, and it becomes worse with each instance.


But each hurt makes my love stronger than before
Oddly enough, the pain you inflict upon me only intensifies my love for you.


I know flowers go through rain
I understand that every relationship has its ups-and-downs, and they must be faced together as a couple.


But how can love go through pain
I cannot understand how love can survive so much pain and turmoil.


You tell me lies that should be obvious to me
You deceive me with lies that I should see through, but I am blinded by my love for you.


I've been so much in love with you baby til I don't want to see
My love for you is so strong that I refuse to acknowledge the truth about your lies.


That things you do and say are designed to make me blue
The things you do and say are actually intended to make me sad and upset, even though I try to overlook them.


It's a doggone shame my love for you makes all Your lies seem true
It is unfortunate that my love for you makes me believe your lies, even though they are not true.


But if the truth makes love last longer
It seems that telling the truth will allow love to last and overcome any obstacles.


Why do lies make my love stronger
However, it's peculiar that your lies make my love for you even stronger.


I cried so much just like a child that's lost its home
The pain you cause me in our relationship causes me to cry like a helpless child who has lost their home.


Maybe baby you think these tears I cry are tears of joy
Perhaps you believe that the tears I cry are actually tears of happiness, but they are tears of sadness and pain.


A child can cry so much until you do everything they say
A child's crying can lead adults to give in to their demands, but my tears will not make you do what I want.


But unlike a child my tears don't help me to get my way
Unlike a child, my tears do not persuade you to act in a certain way or give me what I want.


I know love can last through years
I understand that love can endure for many years despite the difficulties it may face.


But how can love last through tears
However, I cannot comprehend how love can survive when it is filled with so many tears and sadness.


Said I don't understand it baby
All these contradictions leave me perplexed and confused about our relationship.


It's so strange sometimes
It's peculiar how love can endure so many struggles and still remain strong in the end.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Warren Moore, Smokey Robinson, William Robinson Jr., Robert Rogers, Marvin Tarplin

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