Do It to Me
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Lyrics


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Love, love, love makes me do foolish things
Sit alone by the phone, a phone that never rings
Hoping to hear you say you love me still
Knowing you never will
Love, love, love has made a fool of me
Got me doin' things, things that shouldn't be
Listening for the sound of your knock on my door
Knowing that sweet sound will be no more

Funny how precious memories linger on
So long after you've gone
Oh precious memories that only make me cry
But I keep holdin' on, oh why do I? Oh, because...

Love, love, love makes me do these things
Speak your name softly each night, or holding your picture tight
When you took my heart, you took my soul
& it's far beyond control

Funny how precious memories linger on
So long after you've gone
Oh precious memories that only make me cry
But I keep holdin' on, oh why do I? Oh, because...





Love, love, love makes me do these things
Love, love, love sadness it brings

Overall Meaning

In the song "Do It to Me" by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, the lyrics revolve around the theme of love and the foolish actions it can drive someone to. The song begins with the singer expressing how love has made them do foolish things, such as waiting by the phone for a call that will never come, hoping to hear the words "I love you" from the person they desire, even though they know it will never happen. Love has made them do things that shouldn't be done, like constantly listening for the sound of the person knocking on their door, even though they know it won't happen anymore.


The chorus emphasizes the lingering effect of precious memories, even after the person they love has left. These memories only bring tears, but the singer keeps holding on, even though they question why they do. Love has made them speak the person's name each night and hold onto their picture tightly, as if they took not only their heart but also their soul, and now it's beyond their control. The final repetition of the chorus acknowledges that love brings both happiness and sadness.


Overall, the lyrics paint a picture of someone deeply in love, facing the consequences of unrequited affection. They find themselves engaged in desperate actions, unable to let go of the memories and emotions connected to the person they love, even though they understand the futility of it all.


Interesting facts about the song "Do It to Me":


Interesting Facts
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Line by Line Meaning

Love, love, love makes me do foolish things
The intense feeling of love causes me to act in irrational and imprudent ways


Sit alone by the phone, a phone that never rings
I constantly wait by the phone, hoping to receive a call from you, even though deep down I know it will never come


Hoping to hear you say you love me still
I yearn for you to express your love for me once again


Knowing you never will
Despite my hopes, I am aware that you will never utter those words to me


Love, love, love has made a fool of me
The power of love has turned me into a laughingstock, causing me to behave in foolish ways


Got me doin' things, things that shouldn't be
Love has compelled me to engage in actions that are considered inappropriate or wrong


Listening for the sound of your knock on my door
I anxiously anticipate the sound of your knock on my door, hoping for your presence


Knowing that sweet sound will be no more
However, I am aware that the sound of your knock will never come again, leaving only the memories behind


Funny how precious memories linger on
It is ironic how cherished memories persist and continue to affect me


So long after you've gone
Despite the passage of time since you left, these memories still have a strong hold on me


Oh precious memories that only make me cry
These nostalgic memories only bring forth tears and evoke emotions of sadness


But I keep holdin' on, oh why do I? Oh, because...
However, I still hold on to these memories, and I question myself as to why I continue to do so


Speak your name softly each night, or holding your picture tight
Every night, I whisper your name softly and tightly hold onto your picture


When you took my heart, you took my soul
When you captured my heart, you also took away my very essence and being


& it's far beyond control
The depth of my love for you is uncontrollable and beyond my own power


Love, love, love makes me do these things
The all-encompassing power of love leads me to perform these actions


Love, love, love sadness it brings
At the same time love brings joy, it also brings deep sadness and sorrow




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave
Written by: LAMONT DOZIER, LAMONT HERBERT DOZIER, BRIAN HOLLAND, EDWARD HOLLAND, EDWARD, JR. HOLLAND, JR.

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Dave dvlaries

The record stands as proof that you could sing the praises of sexual contentment without ever going near a four-letter word or any vulgarity. It's between the lines, but for those old enough, you know and knew exactly what Martha was talking about.
About as lyrically frank a record as Gordy would have let out the door in January 1966, a gem then and still a gem.

TJ Hall

Beautiful women. And I love the way they’re dancing. Classy and provocative at the same time⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Robert Velez

Love Makes Me Do Foolish Things and My Baby Loves Me are the best ballads ever for Martha Reeves & The Vandellas! Both songs were chart toppers!

Delson Galasinao

I loved Martha Reeves and the vandellas .perfect for throwback everyday listening

Brian Hepke

Hard to believe that 50+ years on from this that Martha would be competing on BBC's Celebrity Master Chef...you just never know where life is going to lead you...love this lady!

SAM The SHAM

Brian Hepke and Can't Cook or Sing anymore

ThePizzaPoPo

yes!!!! we need more rare footage of martha & the vandellas....thank you for this!!!

sickvokals

BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks so much for this! More from Martha Reeves & the Vandellas PLEASE!!!!

MicCo58

I love this song..I use to play it over and over. A great classic. Awesome!

Louie Colon

Wow, we had such beautiful music back in the day. this is priceless. bring beautiful memories of my teenage days.

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