When I'm Gone
Mary Wells Lyrics


What are you gonna do when I'm gone?
Whose shoulder are you gonna cry on?
What are you gonna do on the day
When I turn my head & just walk away?

What are you gonna say to your friends
When the talk around town begins?
Will you tell them how you treated me bad?
Will you tell them how you made me so sad?
You make some people think that you love me a lot
They just don't know you; what they see isn't what we've got

We're happy in the public eye
They think you're such a wonderful guy
But they don't know how much you've lied
& they don't know how much I've cried
You're a real Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

You make a pass at every girl that you see
Then when they hurt you, you come runnin' & crying to me

I comfort you whenever you're low
& you don't have no place you can go
You put your head on my shoulder to cry on
& then you turn around & tell me a lie
& I just can't take it, I've gotta make it, now

(repeat & fade):
What are you gonna do when I'm gone

Writer(s): ROBINSON WILLIAM

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What are you gonna do when I’m gone?
Whose shoulder are you gonna cry on?
What are you gonna do on the day
When I turn my head and just walk away?
What are you gonna say to your friends
When the talk around the town begins?
Will you tell them how you treated me bad?
Will you tell them how you made me so sad?
You make some people think that you love me a lot
They just don’t know you, and what they say is, oh
You’ve got me happy in the public eye
They think you’re such a wonderful guy
But they don’t know how much you lie
And they don’t know how much I cry
You’re a real Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde

You make a pass at every girl that you see
Then when they hurt you, you come running back crying to me
I comfort you whenever you’re low
And you don’t have no place you can go
You put your head on my shoulder and cry
And then you chose not to tell me why
And I just can’t take it, I got a need to know

What are you gonna do when I’m gone?
What are you gonna do when I’m gone?
What are you gonna do when I’m gone?
What are you gonna do when I’m gone?



All comments from YouTube:

Mason Martinez

This was to be Mary's next release following MY GUY . . . but she didn't renew her contract with Motown and left the Company. BG gave it to Brenda who had a huge hit out of it. This is stated in the liner notes in one of Mary Well's BEST OF cds.

Mary Emerich

Love Mary Wells, always have, she is one of the GREATEST !!! OLDIES WILL NEVER DIE !!!!

Linda Head

Mary Wells is truly before her time no one has such terrific lyrics like her. We truly miss her voice and writing skills. Mary Wells is my favorite artis. The world miss you.

Anita Cooper

The lyricist on a lot of Mary Wells song are from Smokey Robinson

robbk1

Writing skills? She only wrote her first song, "Bye, Bye Baby". This and most of her hits were written by Smokey Robinson.

Richard Willis

Kim Weston has a version of this song as well as Brenda Holloway. All three versions are winners..it's another GREAT Motown classic!!

Linda Head

Mary Wells is truly before her time no one has such terrific lyrics like her. We truly miss her voice and writing skills. Mary Wells is my favorite artis. The world miss you.

Bob

@Brutha Dnubian Yes, except for "Bye Bye Baby".

Brutha Dnubian

Smokey Robinson wrote her Hits!

Sharon Chisholm

This a great lady with a great Voice with many great Hits.

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