I Promise To Wait My Love
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Lyrics


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I promise to wait, my love, right here till you return
With a love that's weak and a heart that sadly yearns
Yearns because you've left me all alone and blue
And to another I know I just can't be true
I know that you'll come back home
But hurry up, don't take so long
'Cause I love you, need you
Even though you've done me wrong
I promise to wait, my love, until you finally find
The love you're sharin' now is not as real as mine
Her love is like a diamond only worth a dime
But my love for you is strictly genuine
I know that you'll come back home
But hurry up, don't take so long
'Cause I love you, need you
Even though you've done me wrong
How I miss you; I long to hear you call my name
And since you've been gone, baby,
You don't think this ain't been the same, no
I promise to wait, my love, right here till you return
With arms that want you, baby, & flames that forever burn
I cry for your tender love & ever-lovin' kiss
And your tight embrace is what I really miss
I know that you'll come back home
But hurry up, don't take so long
'Cause I love you, need you
Even though you've done me wrong




Gonna stay right here, my love; ain't goin' away
Gonna wait for you, baby

Overall Meaning

In Martha Reeves & The Vandellas's "I Promise To Wait My Love," the singer is lamenting the departure of her lover while she hopes for their eventual return. The lyrics demonstrate that the love for the ex-partner is still strong, and the singer is unable to move on despite the lover's new relationship. The song's chorus, "I know that you'll come back home, but hurry up, don't take so long / 'Cause I love you, need you, even though you've done me wrong," perfectly embodies this sentiment. The singer expresses how badly she wants her lover to return, with flames that forever burn and with arms that still wish to hold her lover. She knows that her lover's new relationship is not as genuine as hers and while she waits, her heart sadly yearns.


The song's lyrics also convey a sense of longing and emotional instability. The emotional lyrics and melody blend together to make a tragic love song that captures the pain and melancholic mood of a person waiting for a former lover. Despite the sadness, there is an underlying persistence to the song's protagonist, who promises to wait until the lover finally returns. The song concludes with the singer declaring that she will stay right here and wait, unwilling to let go of the love that she feels so strongly.


Line by Line Meaning

I promise to wait, my love, right here till you return
I vow to wait for you, my beloved, at this very spot until you come back to me.


With a love that's weak and a heart that sadly yearns
My affection for you may be feeble, but my heart aches in your absence.


Yearns because you've left me all alone and blue
I yearn for you because you abandoned me and left me feeling desolate and melancholy.


And to another I know I just can't be true
I am aware that I cannot be loyal to anyone other than you.


I know that you'll come back home
I am confident that you will return to me.


But hurry up, don't take so long
Please do not delay; come back to me as soon as you can.


'Cause I love you, need you
I love you deeply and require your presence in my life.


Even though you've done me wrong
Despite the fact that you have hurt me in the past.


Until you finally find the love you're sharin' now is not as real as mine
I will wait for you until you realize that the love you are currently giving is not as sincere as the one I offer.


Her love is like a diamond only worth a dime
The love she provides is insignificant and of little value.


But my love for you is strictly genuine
My love for you is authentic and true.


How I miss you; I long to hear you call my name
I miss you terribly; I yearn to hear you say my name.


And since you've been gone, baby, you don't think this ain't been the same, no
Since you left, everything has changed, and I am not the same person anymore.


With arms that want you, baby, & flames that forever burn
My arms crave your embrace, and the passion between us will always be intense.


I cry for your tender love & ever-lovin' kiss
I shed tears for your affectionate love and never-ending kisses.


And your tight embrace is what I really miss
What I truly miss is your warm and tight embrace.


Gonna stay right here, my love; ain't goin' away
I will remain here, my love; I am not leaving.


Gonna wait for you, baby
I will patiently wait for you, my darling.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: ALLEN STORY, BILLIE JEAN BROWN, GEORGE GORDY, MARGARET JOHNSON-GORDY

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Comments from YouTube:

@brucebernhard8864

Sounds like they're trying to make Martha sound more like Aretha.

@Playbyplaymedia

Good catch.

@xxvvkx9312

Thought the same thing

@lenb7275

Billboard # 62 R&B # 36

@oldbeatpete

HATED seeing all the beloved mid 60s acts go out the door .. o well, every one of em comes & goes ..

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