Come and Get These Memories
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Lyrics


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Lover you've gone from me and left behind
So many memories

Here's your old friendship ring
I can't wear it no more
Here's your old love letters
I can't read 'em anymore
Lover you've gone from me and left behind
So many memories

Here's that old Teddy Bear (come and get 'em)
That you won for me at the State Fair
Here's some old Valentine cards (come and get 'em)
Give them to your new sweetheart

Lover you've gone from me and left behind
So many memories
So many memories

Lover you've gone from me and left behind
So many memories
So many memories (so many memories)

Here's your old favourite record
I can't stand to hear it no more (no more)
Here's some old lingering love (come and get 'em)
It's in my heart and it's tearing it apart
Because of these memories
I never thought of anybody but you
So come on and get 'em
'Cause I found me somebody new
And I love him

So come on and get these memories
(come and get 'em, since you've gone out of my life)
Come and get these memories, boy
(come and get 'em, since you've gone out of my life)
Give them to your new love...
Give them to your new love...

So come on and get these memories
(Come and get 'em since you've gone out of my life)





Give them to your new love...
Give them to your new love...

Overall Meaning

In "Come and Get These Memories," Martha Reeves & The Vandellas sing about the aftermath of a relationship and the memories that remain. The lyrics speak of a lover who has left but left behind so many memories (the titular "memories"). The singer is left with various items from their time together, including a friendship ring, love letters, a teddy bear, and Valentine's Day cards, all of which serve as painful reminders of their time together. The singer even references an old favorite record, which they cannot bear to listen to anymore. The memories are tearing them apart, and they cannot move on until they are gone.


The song's overall message focuses on the power of memories and the impact they can have on a relationship, even after it has ended. It highlights the idea that it is not easy to move on from a relationship without first removing the physical reminders of the past. The song has a strong emotional resonance with anyone who has gone through the aftermath of a failed relationship.


Line by Line Meaning

Lover you've gone from me and left behind So many memories
The singer's lover has left and she is left with an abundance of memories.


Here's your old friendship ring I can't wear it no more
The singer cannot continue to wear her ex-lover's ring now that they have split.


Here's your old love letters I can't read 'em anymore
The singer cannot bear to read the love letters from her ex-lover.


Here's that old Teddy Bear (come and get 'em) That you won for me at the State Fair
The artist is willing to give the gifts her ex-lover had given her back to him.


Here's some old Valentine cards (come and get 'em) Give them to your new sweetheart
The artist is willing to give the Valentine's Day cards her ex-lover had given her to his new partner.


Here's your old favourite record I can't stand to hear it no more (no more)
The singer cannot listen to her ex-lover's favorite music anymore.


Here's some old lingering love (come and get 'em) It's in my heart and it's tearing it apart Because of these memories
The singer still has feelings of love for her ex-lover which are causing her pain.


I never thought of anybody but you So come on and get 'em 'Cause I found me somebody new And I love him
The artist has moved on and found new love, and is urging her ex-lover to come and get his things because she is no longer attached.


So come on and get these memories (come and get 'em, since you've gone out of my life) Come and get these memories, boy (come and get 'em, since you've gone out of my life)
The artist is urging her ex-lover to come and get his things since he is no longer in her life.


Give them to your new love... Give them to your new love...
The artist is willing to give her ex-lover's things to his new partner.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: BRIAN HOLLAND, EDWARD HOLLAND, LAMONT DOZIER

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@lindadee2053

Spring of '63, I believe. Broke up with my boyfriend and this song said everything I was feeling, and put Martha and the Vandellas on the radio for us to enjoy.

@frankdegennaro6710

Martha and the Vandellas, the best female group of the Motown era.

@lindaschaffer6818

Just like it was yesterday (1964) lol, I can remember sitting in the FOX Theatre, Downtown Detroit watching the MOTOWN REVIEW. I was the the tag along little sister lol I saw them all.. from the Miracles, The Temptations, Little Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, The Marvelettes and the list goes on. The complete MOTOWN family of Stars. One of the most cherished memories of my childhood

@margaretferguson5168

Yeah I feel ya.. 😍

@memorymom1

Linda Schaffer. Cherished memories indeed. I have beautiful memories just having been a kid growing up listening to the music we love from that era. Surely having been there in person seeing all those “celebrities “ was special indeed!

@juehlwillis4699

Wow...many Memories I'm sure

@motownfan3

Wow; were you lucky....I've seen most except THE MARVELETTES ,and MARVIN GAYE.I was able to finally catch KIM WESTON in PHILLY two years ago at age 80...... she turn the place out we gave her a five minute standing ovation...
On my bucket list is visit the Motown and Fox theater :)

@earlstuckey7550

Yeah

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@rudolphbradshaw6124

My girlfriend and broke up when this came out, I was18,didn't get my ring back

@samtrak1204

After leaving for LA in 1959 I returned to Detroit 4 years later in 1963. I was at a house party when I first heard "Come and get these memories" and I have been a Martha Reeves and The Vandellas fan ever since.

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