I'm Ready For Love
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Lyrics


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As I stand alone on this moonful night
for the first time I feel alone in life.
As I watched the moon kiss the starlit sky
I feel the need for your lips to press close to mine.
For so long I been afraid to love,
but right now I feel the need for love
and you, you have the love the love I need
to comfort me oo and I'm ready for love
truly ready for love your wonderful
sweet sweet love right now I'm ready for love.

I've tried to shield my heart from love's tender touch
'cause to lose in love would hurt so much;
but as I softly walk in my solitude
I searched my heart and found there's a need for you.
And for the first time I feel alone,
'cause I need a love to call my own;
and only you, you have the love the love I need
to comfort me oo and I'm ready for love
I'm truly ready for love you know I'm ready for love
your wonderful sweet sweet love
I'm ready right now I'm ready right now.

Something wonderful has come over me
and filled this heart of mine with ecstasy
I'm glad I finally opened up my eyes
and pushed the fear of love, the fear of love aside;
and for the first time I feel alive
I have the touch of love deep down inside.
And just as soon as I see your smiling face
I'll rush into your warm embrace.

Right now I'm ready for love,
I'm truly ready for love,
you wonderful sweet, sweet love
right now I'm ready for love

you know I'm ready for love,
I'm truly ready for love,
your wonderful sweet, sweet love
right now I'm ready for love

you know I'm ready for love,




I'm truly ready for love,
your wonderful sweet, sweet love

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "I'm Ready for Love" by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas convey the longing for a deep romantic relationship. The song's narrator sings about the fear of loving someone and losing them, but also about the realization that true love is worth taking a risk. The opening lines reveal how the singer feels alone and isolated, possibly after experiencing disappointment in previous relationships. The moon and starry sky set the mood for a contemplative moment of self-reflection.


The singer understands that she has been trying to protect her heart from being hurt by love, but now she acknowledges the need for love in her life. She describes the inner turmoil of wanting to be loved, yet feeling scared to open up to someone. Finally, she experiences a newfound confidence in love and is ready to embrace it. The comforting presence of a partner is what she wants, and she acknowledges that only this person's love can bring her comfort.


Overall, the song's message is about overcoming fear and taking a risk for love. It speaks to the universal longing for companionship and the emotional strength that comes with having someone to love and support you fully.


Line by Line Meaning

As I stand alone on this moonful night
I am by myself on this night with a full moon


for the first time I feel alone in life.
This is the first time that I have ever felt so lonely


As I watched the moon kiss the starlit sky
While observing the moon meeting the starry sky


I feel the need for your lips to press close to mine.
I crave and desire your lips close to mine


For so long I been afraid to love,
I have been scared to love for a very long time


but right now I feel the need for love
At this moment, I have the desire for love


and you, you have the love the love I need
You are the only one that can provide the love that I crave


to comfort me oo and I'm ready for love
The love that you give will comfort me, and I am now ready to receive it


truly ready for love your wonderful
I am genuinely prepared for affection, your love is excellent


sweet sweet love right now I'm ready for love.
The sweet, sweet love that you offer is what I want at this moment, and I am prepared for it


I've tried to shield my heart from love's tender touch
I have attempted to guard my heart from the fragile aspects of love


'cause to lose in love would hurt so much;
Because to experience a loss from love would be incredibly painful


but as I softly walk in my solitude
While I gently walk in my aloneness


I searched my heart and found there's a need for you.
I examined my heart and discovered that the requirement for your love is present within it.


And for the first time I feel alone,
This is the first time that I feel so lonely


'cause I need a love to call my own;
Because I require a love that belongs to me only


and only you, you have the love the love I need
You are the only individual who possesses the love I need


to comfort me oo and I'm ready for love
Your love will comfort me, and I am ready to receive it


I'm truly ready for love you know I'm ready for love
I am genuinely prepared for love, and you should be aware of it


your wonderful sweet sweet love I'm ready right now I'm ready right now.
Your amazing and delightful affection is what I want, and I am ready to have it at this exact moment


Something wonderful has come over me
Something excellent has taken over me


and filled this heart of mine with ecstasy
And has brought me to a state of euphoria.


I'm glad I finally opened up my eyes
I am grateful that I finally realized


and pushed the fear of love, the fear of love aside;
And set aside the fear of love


and for the first time I feel alive
And for the first time, I feel alive


I have the touch of love deep down inside.
Deep inside, I have the feeling of affection and care.


And just as soon as I see your smiling face
As soon as I see your happy face


I'll rush into your warm embrace.
I will immediately rush into your warm and tender hug


Right now I'm ready for love,
I am ready for love right now


your wonderful sweet, sweet love
Your amazing, pleasant affection


you know I'm ready for love,
You should acknowledge that I am prepared for love


I'm truly ready for love,
I am wholeheartedly prepared for love


your wonderful sweet, sweet love
Your amazing, pleasant affection


right now I'm ready for love
I am prepared for love at this exact moment


you know I'm ready for love,
You should be aware that I am prepared for love


I'm truly ready for love,
I am genuinely prepared for love


your wonderful sweet, sweet love
Your amazing, pleasant affection




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Comments from YouTube:

joey

It's 2022 and I'm still listening to this golden hit ...the memories are beautiful 👍❤️

Rose Wiegman

Yep,motown classical,never dies,here to stay and make us happy forever

tinaine1

This is one of the greatest recordings to ever come out of Motown. Perfect combination.  

LEETZENA

, faces Plus

Bu Muse

My favourite song of there's

Mike Massone

Totally agree. Great song

delaro1967

My favorite Martha and The Vandellas song.

Yes, I like it even more than "Dancing In The Streets" and "Nowhere To Run."

MrSteveb80

it's mine also, sounds like the Temptations song, All I Need, which is my favorite song by them. wonder if the same Motown writers wrote both songs?

Ruffian144

Many thanks for posting. Last time I heard this song was about 40 years ago and it still sounds great! I love that unusual rattle sound Jack Ashford makes on the tambourine. The heyday of Motown was a peak in US cultural history...

Syd Hawdon

this was played on local radio yesterday, i had to pull over and enjoy this song, still gives me goosebumps x

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