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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

The lyrics of Martha Reeves & The Vandellasโ€™ song Love depict the depths of one's desperation and pitiful state when they've lost love. The singer is consumed by love and all the irrational emotions that come with it. Even though they know the person they're pining for will never return their love, they can't help but hope and wait by the phone. Love has made them into a fool that does things that they shouldnโ€™t - like listening for a knock on their door that will never come. Itโ€™s an all-consuming feeling that controls them, as they speak the person's name softly each night and hold onto a picture of them tightly, unable to let go.


The song's lyrics not only capture the pain of unrequited love but also the nostalgia and precious memories that remain long after the person is gone. The memories are so precious that they only make the singer cry, yet they hold onto them tightly because they can't bear to let them go. The irony of this song is that despite the sadness and pain love brings, it's love that keeps the singer holding on and hoping for another chance. Love, in essence, makes the singer do foolish things that ultimately bring immense sadness and grief.


Interesting facts about the song Love by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas are:


Interesting Facts
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Line by Line Meaning

Love, love, love makes me do foolish things
The overwhelming feeling of love makes me act in foolish ways


Sit alone by the phone, a phone that never rings
I wait by the phone hoping to hear from you, even though I know you won't call


Hoping to hear you say you love me still
I hope you'll say you love me, but I know you won't


Knowing you never will
I know you'll never say you love me again


Love, love, love has made a fool of me
Love has made me act like a fool


Got me doin' things, things that shouldn't be
Love has led me to do things that are not wise or good


Listening for the sound of your knock on my door
I listen for your knock on my door, but I know you won't come


Knowing that sweet sound will be no more
I know I won't hear the sound of you knocking on my door again


Funny how precious memories linger on
It's ironic how memories stay with us even after the person is gone


So long after you've gone
The memories remain even though you've left


Oh precious memories that only make me cry
The memories I have of us make me sad and tearful


But I keep holdin' on, oh why do I? Oh, because...
I hold onto these memories, even though they hurt, because I'm still in love with you


Speak your name softly each night, or holding your picture tight
I say your name gently every night or hold onto your picture tightly, even though you're not here


When you took my heart, you took my soul
When you broke my heart, you took a part of me


& it's far beyond control
My love for you is beyond my control


Love, love, love sadness it brings
As much as love brings happiness, it also brings sadness




Lyrics ยฉ Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: LAMONT DOZIER, LAMONT HERBERT DOZIER, BRIAN HOLLAND, EDWARD HOLLAND, EDWARD, JR. HOLLAND

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donita vann

Funny how songs that remind you of really great times can also make you cry.๐Ÿฅบ

jojamful

Exactly! Some of my favorite songs make me cry!!

Gwendolyn Forest

Yes, So true

Peter Schwartz

Like this one.

Kathy Nickerson

Adore this song! Every word is so true! Just beautiful. Thank you Martha & The Vandellas for your wonderful music. โค๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜‡๐ŸŒŒ๐ŸŒ 

edward sosa

I adore it also. still have the 45. One of my favorites. Ed.in SA.

Eleanor Norman

I love this song, I was singing it, then decided to look it up on YouTube- Iโ€™m so glad it was added here. Martha sings it so beautifully; She and the Vandellas are definitely one of Motownโ€™s gems. I loved this group growing up, oh how it bring back memories!โค

Creole Lady

My favorite song of Martha and the Vandellas. This is music that speaks to the heart โค๏ธ and say something to the soul. They don't make music like this anymore. 3/18/22. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Lisa Foy

This is a true gem. One of their best. I think about all my family we used to visit with in DC. We all would sit around the record player and play the 45 to death. Makes me do these things.

Craig Steven Prentice

There is so much truth in this song , that many , choose to not show , as they do not want to be "vulnerable" .ย  The honesty in this song is so very touching ... and Martha hits the emotion perfectly .

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