What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Lyrics


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(Since you've been gone I've been cryin' all night long, I've been sad)
I see my tear-stained face when I look in my mirror
I stare in space as night grows nearer, cryin'
I need you, baby, I need you
I need you, baby, I need you
I just sit and wonder, did you fall for someone else?
'Cause if I hurt you, baby, I really hurt myself
I need you, yes I really need you
I need you, you know I need you

What am I gonna do without your love?
What am I gonna do without you, baby?
I'm slowly slowly goin' crazy
I need you, I really really need you

I just sit and mope by myself
Like part of my household fixtures
These arms of mine are holdin'
Clingin' to your picture, cryin'
I need you, yes I need you
I need you, baby, I need you
Come on, come on right now, baby
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
I need you, yes I really need you

What am I gonna do without your love?
What can I do without you, baby?
I'm slowly slowly goin' crazy
I can't stand it, I just can't stand it
Here's a broken heart and
A love that's slowly dyin'
A room full of tears and a heart,
A heart that's cryin'
I need you, yes I really need you
I need you, you know that I need you
Come on, come on right now, baby
If you love me, come back, baby
Oooo yeah, baby, oh tell me right now

What am I gonna do without your love?




What can I do without you?
Come on, come on back to me, baby

Overall Meaning

The song "What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love" by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas is a classic R&B ballad about heartbreak and longing. The lyrics depict the singer's agony and despair after a breakup, as she struggles to come to terms with her loss and move on with her life. The opening lines set the tone for the song, with the singer admitting to crying all night long and feeling sad since the separation. The image of her tear-stained face staring back at her from the mirror reinforces her sense of desperation and isolation.


The chorus of the song is a plea for her lover to come back to her, as the singer realizes she cannot cope without their love. She wonders if they fell for someone else and expresses regret for any hurt she may have caused them. The verses once again emphasize her need for her lover, as she describes herself as going crazy and holding on to their picture. The final lines of the song are a direct appeal to her former partner to return to her, as she cannot bear the pain of being without them.


Overall, "What Am I Going To Do Without Your Love" is a poignant and emotional song that captures the universal experience of heartbreak and loss. The lyrics are straightforward and heartfelt, and the vocal performance by Martha Reeves is soulful and powerful, making this a timeless classic in the history of R&B music.


Line by Line Meaning

Since you've been gone I've been cryin' all night long, I've been sad
Every night I cry so much that my tears stain my face, and I feel so empty that I stare into space


I need you, baby, I need you
Without you, I feel incomplete, and I can't live without your love and presence


I just sit and wonder, did you fall for someone else?
I can't help but think if you found someone else who replaced me when you left


'Cause if I hurt you, baby, I really hurt myself
If I caused you pain, it would also deeply hurt me because I love you so much


What am I gonna do without your love?
My life feels meaningless and empty without your love


I'm slowly slowly goin' crazy
My mind and heart are spiraling out of control without you here with me


These arms of mine are holdin', Clingin' to your picture, cryin'
I hold onto a picture of you and cry endlessly while wishing you were here with me


Here's a broken heart and A love that's slowly dyin'
My heart is shattered into a million pieces and my love for you is slowly fading away


If you love me, come back, baby
I desperately want you to come back to me because I know we belong together and I need your love to survive




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: SYLVIA MOY, WILLIAM STEVENSON

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James Alford

Not only is this a rare Martha and the Vandellas song, but to have footage of them performing this at the Rooster Tail is beyond being incredibly amazing. Props to you for finding this Gem and sharing it.

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Wow! Double Wow! You deserve an award for posting these ultra-rare performances!  This has always been one of my favorite Martha & The Vandellas songs. It's always reminded me of a 1930's bluesy torch song for some reason. Very different- the drum for example. Most songs you get the drums on beats 2 and 4, here it's only on the 2nd beat- except during the chorus and for a bit near the fade.  Martha is selling it like only Martha could and Rosalind and Betty really put their stamp on it.  Thanks for this post!

TheMotownjunkie

This track is so jazzy yet so funky I’m surprised it charted #71 on the Pop charts and not the R&B.. this is awesome

Texaslawhorn

Same. Why in the world did this not chart on the R&B chart?

Michael Cole

I love ❤️ them so much. Classic music 🎶 ever. She can sang so beautiful 😍
WOW 😮 .

DEE ACH

I remember this so well. This was one of the first times I ever saw Martha and the Vandellas. Love at first sight.

Royal Jones

fabulous gifted artists. the 50th special CD set is remarkably wondrous indeed!

Miguel Tomlinson

Martha always said that she was never big on wardrobe, but she cared deeply for choreography and sound.

Shawn Baldwin

Funny cause she always looked fabulous!

Ronnie Damnitz

Omg! What an.underated gem! Kudos to William Stevenson. And ivy jo hunter!

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