No One There
Martha and The Vandellas Lyrics


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Shaking like a leaf on a tree
That's coming loose from the stem
Shaking like a leaf on a tree
Because I'm coming loose from my man

I'm like a weeping willow
Weeping on my pillow
For years & years
There ain't no sweet man
That's worth the salt of my tears

Down & down he dragged me
Like a fiend he nagged me
For years & years
There ain't no sweet man
That's worth the salt of my tears

Although I may be blue
Still I'm through
I must tell him goodbye
Rather than have that man
Gonna lay me down & just die

So, broken-hearted sisters
Aggravating misters
Lend me your ears
There ain't no sweet man
That's worth the salt of my tears

Although I may be blue
Still I'm through
I must tell him goodbye
Rather than have that man
Gonna lay me down & just die

So, broken-hearted sisters
Aggravating misters



Lend me your ears
There ain't no sweet man

Overall Meaning

"That's worth the salt of my tears" is a song by the legendary girl group Martha and The Vandellas. It is a deeply emotional tune about a woman who is tired of being mistreated by her man and is finally leaving him. The song opens with the singer saying that she is shaking like a leaf on a tree that is coming loose from its stem, implying that she is feeling fragile and vulnerable. She then explains that she is weeping on her pillow for years and years and that there is no man who is worth the salt of her tears.


Throughout the verses, she recounts all the ways her man had mistreated her and how he dragged her down. Despite her deep feelings, she realizes that she has to leave him because it's better than dying under his control. She implores other women who have gone through the same thing to lend her their ears, and sings that there is no sweet man that's worth the salt of her tears. The song is a powerful anthem for every woman who has had enough of a toxic relationship and is ready to move on with her life.


Line by Line Meaning

Shaking like a leaf on a tree
Trembling nervously, like a leaf on a tree.


That's coming loose from the stem
Like a leaf that's about to fall because it's coming loose from the tree's stem.


Shaking like a leaf on a tree
Same as the first occurrence.


Because I'm coming loose from my man
Feeling like I'm losing my connection to my man, like a leaf coming off a tree.


I'm like a weeping willow
Comparing myself to a weeping willow tree, known for its long drooping branches.


Weeping on my pillow
Crying on my pillow.


For years & years
Crying for a long time.


There ain't no sweet man
There is no good man.


That's worth the salt of my tears
No man is worth the sadness and tears I've shed.


Down & down he dragged me
He brought me down emotionally.


Like a fiend he nagged me
He nagged me relentlessly like a devilish creature.


For years & years
For a long time.


There ain't no sweet man
Same as before.


That's worth the salt of my tears
Same as before.


Although I may be blue
Even though I may be sad.


Still I'm through
I'm done, I've had enough.


I must tell him goodbye
I need to break it off with him.


Rather than have that man
Instead of being with that man.


Gonna lay me down & just die
I'd rather die than stay with him.


So, broken-hearted sisters
Addressing women who have also been heartbroken.


Aggravating misters
Referring to the men who have caused their heartache.


Lend me your ears
Listen to me.


There ain't no sweet man
Same as before.


That's worth the salt of my tears
Same as before.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: FISHER

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Comments from YouTube:

Tony Pilkington

This is probably the most popular motown track played at my local soul night. Its gets lots of requests and fills the dancefloor everytime. A Motown gem !! Many thanks

Gill Roberts

This is the best thing she has ever done - just brilliant, I never tire of listening to it.

JULES G

Get goosebumps every time I hear this, the emotion in her voice....fantastic Northern Soul.....KTF x

Glen Blades

Love any northern soul

loveblind

"The future is hard to see when you're looking through a tear" CLASSIC!

Louis Wendruck

One of Martha's most meaningful songs - and great backgrounds are mixed in.

Steve Dixon

My joint favourite record of all time.Along with I'm still waiting by Diana Ross. Utterly brilliant.

Moutton Noir

Why on earth was this not a chart hit? One of Martha's best ever recordings- great vocal and production. I bought the "Black Magic" album from my local record store as a 15 yr old back in 76 and instantly fell in love with this track.

Robert Davies

Miss Reeves's greatest performance, so appropriate to the last 18 months and to those of us who have loved and lost

Roger Egerton

I was 17 when this came out in the UK, I have no idea why it never reached number 1. Great vocals

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