O-O I Love You
The Dells Lyrics


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Hold me close, hold me tight
Make me thrill with delight
Let me know where I stand from the start
I want you
I need you
I love you
With all my heart



Every time that you're near
All my cares disappear
Darling, you're all that I'm living for
I want you
I need you
I love you
With all my heart

Well, I thought I could live without romance
Until you came to me
But now I know that I will go on
Loving you eternally

Won't you please be my own?
Never leave me alone
'Cause I die every time we're apart
I want you
I need you
I love you
More and more

Well, I thought I could live without romance
Until you came to me
But now I know that
I will go on loving you eternally

Won't you please be my own?
Never leave me alone
'Cause I die every time we're apart
I want you
I need you

I love you
With all my heart

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "I Want You" by The Dells express the intense feelings of love and devotion that the singer has for their significant other. The song opens with a plea to hold the singer close and tight and make them feel thrilled with delight. The singer expresses a desire to know where they stand with their partner from the start, emphasizing the importance of honesty in a relationship. Through the rest of the song, the singer repeats the phrases "I want you," "I need you," and "I love you" with increasing intensity, making it clear that they are deeply committed to their partner.


The middle section of the song describes how the singer felt before they met their partner. They thought that they could live without romance, but meeting their partner changed everything. The singer declares that they will go on loving their partner eternally, emphasizing the depth and permanence of their love.


The final verse of the song is a plea for their partner to be theirs forever, never leaving them alone. The singer is unable to tolerate being apart from their loved one, stating that they "die every time" they are apart. The song concludes with a final repetition of the chorus, with the singer declaring their love "more and more."


Line by Line Meaning

Hold me close, hold me tight
I want to feel your warm and strong embrace, holding me secure and safe.


Make me thrill with delight
I want your touch and presence to fill me with joy and excitement.


Let me know where I stand from the start
I need to know if you're with me or not, and if you'll treat me honestly and fairly.


I want you
I desire you, both physically and emotionally.


I need you
I depend on you for love, affection, and support.


I love you
My feelings for you are deep, strong, and enduring.


With all my heart
My love for you is complete and whole, encompassing every part of me.


Every time that you're near
Whenever you're in my presence or close to me,


All my cares disappear
My worries and concerns fade away, replaced by my focus on you.


Darling, you're all that I'm living for
My purpose and reason for living is to be with and love you.


Well, I thought I could live without romance
I believed I could be content without a romantic connection or relationship.


Until you came to me
But then you entered my life and everything changed.


But now I know that I will go on
I understand that my love for you will continue into the future.


Loving you eternally
My feelings for you will never fade or diminish; they will last forever.


Won't you please be my own?
Will you commit to me and be my partner, exclusively and fully?


Never leave me alone
I can't bear the thought of being without you or separated from you.


'Cause I die every time we're apart
Being away from you feels like torture, and I long for your presence constantly.


I love you
My feelings for you are deep, strong, and enduring.


More and more
My love for you grows stronger and more intense each day.




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themightydells

The Mighty Dells: 1952 - 2012 - 60 Years of Musical Excellence.
2004 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Inductees - 24th Annual IMAGE AWARD INDUCTEES. 'The 5 Heartbeats' based on The Dells.
2004 Vocal Group Hall of Fame - 1991 R&B 'Pioneer Award'
'Soul of American Music Award' - "Oh What A Night" EMMY
Number (11) in the top (100) Greatest Vocal Groups.
View:The Dells EMMY WINNING Documentary-Youtube Part 1 2 3.
The Dells: Marvin Junior, Johnnie Carter, Michael McGill,
Verne Allison, Charles Barksdale.
Long live The Mighty Dells



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Paul Burek

This early Dells classic stands alone, lyrics, and harmonies ...best of the best!!!

Robert Pichon

When i was in Vietnam, i played that record every night... Classic!!!

PrincessSyntax

One of my very, very favorites! The harmony still gives chills.

Brandon Abrams

Go head y'all. Glad Marvin Junior picked his mike back up cause he could really SANG . Who would you compare him 2 ? Nobody cause HEwas the best. RIGHT ON MARVIN, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES. DELLS FAN FOREVER. RANDI Q.

Toyia Di Lisio

PrincessSyntax Yes

op80op1

This is one of my top albums of all time I'm 55 so it's part of the musical landscape of my mom and pops, but I bought it for myself in the 90's because I remember them playing it in the crib whenever I was a little boy. I always sung the falsetto parts and my brother sang the gruff bass. Growing up on Home Ave. in Dayton Ohio shoutouts to Orr's Bar The Green Onion and Tuck's Place and Charlie's Bakery and Restaurant on 3rd street. 💃🏾🕺🏽

Richard Galindo

I am glad till this day I was to see them all in concert, What a chill up and down my spine that was, Especially Love Is So Simple

Anthony Young

RIP to Charles Barksdale of the Dell. He passed away on 5/15/19

Wayne Jones

Really good tune.

Alfonso Hartridge

Now That's what I call Old School beautiful Harmony beautiful voice

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