I Want You Back
Martha Reeves Lyrics


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When I had you to myself
I didn't want you around
Those pretty faces always made you
Stand out in a crowd
But someone picked you from the bunch
One glance was all it took
Now it's much too late for me
To take second look



Oh baby give me one more chance
To show you that I love you
Won't you please send me back in your heart

Oh darlin' I was blind to let you go
But now since I see you in his arms
I want you back
Yes I do now
I want you back
Ooh ooh baby
Yeah yeah, naw

Trying to live without your love
Is one long sleepless night
Let me show you girl
That I know wrong from right

Every street you walk on
I leave tear stains on the ground
Following the girl
I didn't even want around
Oh baby give me one more chance
To show you that I love you
Won't you please send me back in your heart

Abuh buh buh buh
All I want!
Abuh buh buh buh

All I need!
Abuh buh buh buh

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "I Want You Back" by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas is a classic example of a man trying to win back his lover after he has let her go. The song has an upbeat tempo with an infectious melody that makes it difficult not to want to move to the rhythm. The opening lines of the song depict a scenario where the man had the woman to himself but didn't value her at the time. He was blinded by the presence of other pretty faces around him, and he couldn't see what he had until he lost it. He thought he could always have her, but it turns out he was wrong. Someone else saw what he couldn't see and has taken her from him. The man regrets his decision and wishes he could have another chance to show her how much he loves her.


The chorus of the song echoes his plea for a second chance. He wants her to know that he was wrong to let her go and wants to make amends. He wants to send a message to her heart about how much she means to him. The second verse of the song further emphasizes his heartbreak as he tries to live without her. He can't seem to get over her, and every street she walks on echoes his pain. He followed her, even though he didn't want her around initially. However, now, he desires her more than ever before. The song ends with him chanting, "All I want, all I need" captioning his plea for her love.


Line by Line Meaning

When I had you to myself
When I had you all to myself


I didn't want you around
I didn't want you near me


Those pretty faces always made you
Those attractive people made you


Stand out in a crowd
Noticed more in a group of people


But someone picked you from the bunch
But someone chose you from the rest


One glance was all it took
Just one look and that was it


Now it's much too late for me
Now it's too late for me to act


To take second look
To reconsider my decision


Oh baby give me one more chance
Oh please give me another opportunity


To show you that I love you
To prove my affection to you


Won't you please send me back in your heart
Can't you let me back into your heart


Oh darlin' I was blind to let you go
Oh dear, I was foolish to let you leave


But now since I see you in his arms
But now that I see you with someone else


I want you back
I want you back with me


Yes I do now
I truly do


Ooh ooh baby
Oh baby


Yeah yeah, naw
Yeah, not really sure


Trying to live without your love
Trying to survive without your affection


Is one long sleepless night
Feels like an endless night of insomnia


Let me show you girl
Let me demonstrate to you


That I know wrong from right
That I am capable of differentiating good from bad


Every street you walk on
Every road you go down


I leave tear stains on the ground
I leave a trail of tears behind me


Following the girl
Following you, the woman


I didn't even want around
That I did not even want to be near


Abuh buh buh buh All I want! Abuh buh buh buh All I need! Abuh buh buh buh
Sounds expressing desire for love and affection




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