Jimmy Mack )
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Lyrics


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Jimmy Mack Jimmy,
Oh Jimmy Mack when are you comin' back.
Jimmy Mack Jimmy,
Oh Jimmy Mack when are you comin' back.

My arms are missing you,
My lips feel the same way too.
I tried so hard to be true, like I promised to do.


But this boy keeps comin' around,
tryin' to wear my resistance down.

Hey Jimmy, Jimmy,
Oh Jimmy Mack, when are you comin' back.
Jimmy, Jimmy, Oh Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back.

He calls me on the phone about three times a day.
Now my heart's just listening to, what he has to say
But this loneliness I have within,
Keeps reaching out to be his friend

Hey Jimmy, Jimmy,
Oh Jimmy Mack, when are you comin' back.
Jimmy, Jimmy, Oh Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back.
Need your loving, need your loving.
I wanna say I'm not getting any stronger,
I can't hold out very much longer
Trying hard, to be true,
But, Jimmy he talks just as sweet as you.

Hey Jimmy, Jimmy,

Oh Jimmy Mack, when are you comin' back.
Jimmy, Jimmy, Oh Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back.

Overall Meaning

The song “Jimmy Mack” by Martha Reeves is a classic tale of longing and heartache. In the lyrics, the singer is waiting for her lover, Jimmy Mack, to return to her. She expresses how her arms and lips miss him, and how she is trying so hard to be true to him, but another boy keeps trying to wear her resistance down. Despite her intentions, she can't seem to resist the sweet talk of the other boy who calls her three times a day. The singer is torn between her loyalty to her absent lover and her desire for the attention and love the other boy offers.


The chorus of the song reinforces the message of the lyrics as it repeats the plea to Jimmy Mack to return as soon as possible. The song conveys a desperate need for the love of Jimmy Mack, and it depicts the struggle one goes through when trying to remain true to a lover who is not around. The song is not just about love but is also about loyalty and commitment in a relationship.


Line by Line Meaning

Jimmy Mack Jimmy, Oh Jimmy Mack when are you comin' back.
The singer is pleading for her lover Jimmy Mack to return to her.


My arms are missing you, My lips feel the same way too.
The singer misses Jimmy Mack both physically and emotionally.


I tried so hard to be true, like I promised to do.
The singer has been faithful to Jimmy Mack despite other men pursuing her.


But this boy keeps comin' around, tryin' to wear my resistance down.
Another man keeps trying to seduce or woo the singer, making it difficult to stay faithful to Jimmy Mack.


He calls me on the phone about three times a day. Now my heart's just listening to, what he has to say.
The other man keeps contacting the singer frequently and she is starting to listen to his words and be influenced by him.


But this loneliness I have within, Keeps reaching out to be his friend.
The singer is lonely and wants companionship, which the other man is offering.


Need your loving, need your loving. I wanna say I'm not getting any stronger, I can't hold out very much longer
The singer needs Jimmy Mack's love and is struggling to resist the other man's advances.


Trying hard, to be true, But, Jimmy he talks just as sweet as you.
The singer is trying to stay loyal to Jimmy Mack, but the other man is just as charming and persuasive.


Jimmy, Jimmy, Oh Jimmy Mack, you better hurry back.
The singer is becoming increasingly desperate for Jimmy Mack's return.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: DONALD CLINT GOODMAN, TROY HAROLD SEALS

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Comments from YouTube:

Lytton333

It's not just that this song is so catchy. it has undertones of melancholy that are so achingly bittersweet. Superb.

eddyvideostar

Lytton 333: Well done.

robert monkhouse

Never let old skool music die..

John Sanchez

Agreed

Dunny Watson

It will never die

Creole Lady

What is there to translate. He couldn't have said it any clearer.

lindsey lefrois

The background vocals on this song are absolutely angelic .... that's the only word I can think of to describe them.

Mahal Kita

lindsey lefrois alluv their songs background vocals r iiiillllllll,they sound like angel frummanuther dimenshun, & the song heat wave iz like a crack rock 2 mei can’t putt it down

wayne francis

Taken it to a harmoneous dimension when that chorus hits..I'm sure that is lowkey the reason I shazamed it lol

Mr Farky Hars

I think you nailed it 'angelic'...I've been hunting a way to explain it for years.

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