The Love We Had
The Dells Lyrics


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(Ooh...) I just can't believe it, girl (Baby)
I can't believe that it's over (No, no, no, no)
But I'm your man (Woo...hoo...) and I'll be alright (Yeah, whoa...)
But still, the love we had stays on my mind

Lately baby, I've been thinkin'
How good it was when you were here
And it ain't the wine that I've been drinkin'


For once I feel my head is clear (Ooh, yeah)

But early this mornin', ha, when I opened my eyes, ha
That old lonesome feelin' took me by surprise, ha
I guess you meant more to me than I realized
The love we had stays on my mind (Ooh, stays on my mind)
The love we had stays on my mind
(Oh...oh...whoa...ho...yeah...yeah...oh...yeah...sing it Jazz)

And lately, girl, I've been rememberin'
The good times that we used to share
My thoughts of you don't have an endin'
And the memories of you are everywhere' oh, yeah, oh, yeah

But why should I tell you it's not your concern
You win some, you lose some, but I've lost and I've learned, ha
Sysqo's so lonely with no place to turn, at
And at the end, I find, yes, I do
[The love we had stays on my mind] Woo...whoa...oh...yeah...yeah...yeah...

Girl, if you were nearer (Oh, ba-baby)
If you had a mirror (If you had a mirror)
Maybe you could count my tears (You don't know, you don't know how I tried)
And if you were nearer (Baby)
It would all be clearer (I want you right here nest to me)
How I wish that you were here (Mmm, mmm)
How I wish that you were (Oh, baby) here (How I wish, how I wish)
(How I wish that you were here, I want to let you know, know, yeah...)

And baby girl, I was tired
So I laid down to dream for a little while
But lately I've been so (Ha), so uninspired (Take your time, take your time, take it)
Without the comfort of your smile (Hey, hey, hey, yeah)

But I'm not complainin', huh
'Cause that's how it goes
There's always some heartache
In this world I suppose, huh, just a minute
But you can't imagine
But nobody knows
The love we had stays on my mind
(Nobody knows, baby, that the love stays on my mind)
The love we had stays on my mind (Oh...yes, baby, oh...yes, baby) [Ooh, yes]
(Do you hear me) [Hey]
The love we had (Woo) stays on my mind (Some times I get a little lonely)
The love we had (And I can't eat at night) [I can't eat at night, ha] stays on my mind
(I can't sleep, baby, ha, Lord have mercy) [I can't sleep at night]
The love we had (Woo) stays on my mind (Yeah...yeah...yeah...)
The love we had stays on my mind
(Oh, baby, ooh, just help me, say yeah, yeah) [Yeah, yeah]
The love we had stays on my mind (Say yeah, yeah) [Yeah, yeah]
The love we had stays on my mind (Ooh, say yeah, yeah) [Yeah, yeah]
(Oh, yeah....yeah...hey, hey)
The love we had (Uh) stays on my mind (Baby) [Baby] (All right) [All right] (I said)

The love we had stays on my mind (Whoa...ho...yeah...oh, yeah)
The love we had stays on my mind

Overall Meaning

The Dells's song "The Love We Had" is a soulful and heart-wrenching ballad about lost love that still lingers in one's heart and mind. The lyrics describe the singer's inability to move on from a previous romance despite his efforts to pretend otherwise. The song begins with the protagonist expressing disbelief at the end of the relationship and reassuring himself that he'll be okay. However, as the song progresses, it becomes clear that he is still haunted by the love they shared. He reminisces about the good times they had and how much he misses her. He also acknowledges that he made mistakes and did not realize how much she meant to him until it was too late.


The song's emotional impact is heightened by the expressive singing of The Dells. Their soulful harmonies convey the depth of the singer's pain and longing, making it easy for the listener to empathize with him. The use of repetition in the chorus, "The love we had stays on my mind," emphasizes the persistence of the singer's feelings, despite his attempts to move on.


Overall, "The Love We Had" is a timeless classic that speaks to the universal experience of heartbreak and the difficulty of letting go of a love that has left its mark on us.


Line by Line Meaning

I just can't believe it, girl
The speaker expresses disbelief about the ending of the relationship.


I can't believe that it's over
The speaker remains in disbelief about the ending of the relationship.


But I'm your man and I'll be alright
The speaker acknowledges his role in the relationship and reassures himself that he will be okay without the other person.


But still, the love we had stays on my mind
Despite his reassurances, the speaker cannot stop thinking about the love he shared with the other person.


Lately baby, I've been thinkin'
The speaker has been reflecting on his relationship.


How good it was when you were here
The speaker reminisces about the positive aspects of the relationship.


And it ain't the wine that I've been drinkin'
The speaker clarifies that his thoughts are not influenced by alcohol.


For once I feel my head is clear
The speaker feels like he is thinking clearly for the first time in a while about the relationship.


But early this mornin', ha, when I opened my eyes, ha
The speaker had a realization about his feelings when he woke up in the morning.


That old lonesome feelin' took me by surprise, ha
The speaker was surprised by how lonely he felt without the other person by his side.


I guess you meant more to me than I realized
The speaker realizes that he had deeper feelings for the other person than he previously thought.


And lately, girl, I've been rememberin'
The speaker has been reminiscing about their relationship again.


The good times that we used to share
The speaker is thinking back to happy memories in their relationship.


My thoughts of you don't have an endin'
The speaker cannot stop thinking about the other person.


And the memories of you are everywhere'
The speaker cannot escape reminders of the other person in his life.


But why should I tell you it's not your concern
The speaker reminds himself that it is not necessary to share his feelings with the other person.


You win some, you lose some, but I've lost and I've learned, ha
The speaker has learned from his experience of losing the other person in the relationship.


And at the end, I find, yes, I do [The love we had stays on my mind]
The speaker realizes that his memories and feelings for the other person endure.


Girl, if you were nearer
The speaker wishes the other person was closer to him.


If you had a mirror [Maybe you could count my tears]
The speaker suggests that the other person would see how much he is hurting if they were in his presence.


And if you were nearer [It would all be clearer]
The speaker believes that being close to the other person would make his feelings clearer.


How I wish that you were here
The speaker expresses his desire for the other person to be with him.


Baby girl, I was tired
The speaker is physically and emotionally exhausted.


So I laid down to dream for a little while
The speaker took a nap to escape from his thoughts and emotions.


But lately I've been so, so uninspired
Despite trying to distract himself, the speaker feels disheartened and unmotivated.


Without the comfort of your smile
The speaker misses the other person's presence and positive influence in his life.


'Cause that's how it goes / There's always some heartache / In this world I suppose, huh
The speaker acknowledges that pain and heartache are a natural part of life.


But you can't imagine [But nobody knows]
The speaker feels that no one else truly understands his pain.


The love we had stays on my mind
The speaker repeats the chorus and emphasizes the persistent nature of his feelings for the other person.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: LARRY WADE, TERRENCE O. CALLIER

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Today makes 17months My Amazing Husband went Home to be with the LORD and for some reason this song came to me, but it's exactly how I feel. Beautiful Song.

Row Horton

I Respect that so Much. 💯

Cynthia Sayles

One year and 3 days for mine. He dedicated this song to me before he left. And for the 100th time, here I am ✨

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Back in the days when music 🎶 and songs were so beautiful, and had a meaning to the lyrics, amazing songs by the Dells.

oldschoolruler

This cut needs NO messing with...ALL efforts to improve on it fall short. Long live the Mighty Dells!

Marie Williams

As a young child we listened to this music so beautiful my older brother and sister love you for life thank you !!!!

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One of the best singing groups of all times

A Wilson

It's some song that just hit yo soul something serious. This is one of those songs 💪🏿💪🏿

Ollivette Cooper

Timeless. Been 2 years since you got your wings, but oh how I wish you were here with me, the love we had stays on my mind.

Jim Bixby

50 years later, and this still brings tears to my heart.

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