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 singer 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 singer expresses disbelief about the ending of the relationship.


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


But I'm your man and I'll be alright
The singer 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 artist cannot stop thinking about the love he shared with the other person.


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


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


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


For once I feel my head is clear
The artist 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 artist had a realization about his feelings when he woke up in the morning.


That old lonesome feelin' took me by surprise, ha
The artist 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 singer realizes that he had deeper feelings for the other person than he previously thought.


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


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


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


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


But why should I tell you it's not your concern
The artist 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 artist 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 singer realizes that his memories and feelings for the other person endure.


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


If you had a mirror [Maybe you could count my tears]
The artist 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 artist believes that being close to the other person would make his feelings clearer.


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


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


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


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


Without the comfort of your smile
The singer 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 singer acknowledges that pain and heartache are a natural part of life.


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


The love we had stays on my mind
The artist 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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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Pauletta Nelson

The Dells is one of the greatest Soul groups of this entire lifetime!!!


They were also very smart business wise.


I've seen them perform 3 times in my life, and I can tell all of you, they were very professional.

Once I was at the Taste in Chgo., waiting patiently to see the Dells. I took my children, we were all excited, as they would finally see them perform and they knew all the songs, as I played them a lot. We had close seats too.


I saw them go back stage, and when they realized the media was there to record their performance, they DID NOT PERFORM.!!!


They did not want their performances to be seen via media. This was their livelihood, and the thought of someone taking food out of their mouth was just not going to happen. Not to the Almighty Dells!!!


Some people were angry they didn't perform, but I wasn't, and I let them know too, as did others who knew what the Dells thought about media being at their performances.This was not the 1st. time this had happened to them.


I understood and respected their opinion. Now the 2 lead singers are gone to that other dimension, I was SHOCKED to even see that youtube, had any of their live performances to share with the world!!!!


I am so glad too, now everyone can see what real professionalism and talent is really like. I love all of their songs, and they have left us one of the best legacies, and they did it JUST LIKE THEY WANTED....



GOD BLESS THE DELLS....



All comments from YouTube:

LaTanya Junior

I'm Marvin Junior's lead singer of The Dells, daughter, LaTanya Junior -- thank you for loving the music and keeping Dad's legacy alive!!! God Bless

Bea Torres

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Lenora Mills

One of my favorite song this was music back in my youth. You should be proud❤❤

Lenora Mills

Your Dad have a incredible voice this was music. This is my favorite song by the Dells,❤❤❤

Cedric Giles

I hope y’all bottled up your dad’s voice. It can’t be duplicated.

Ste Ste

This is one of my favorite song. Almost listen daily. I’m 63 years old.

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James Crawford Jr

I lost my wife in early 20. What a perfect song for remembering the Love We Had. Love to the Dells and the great music they made.

J carrillo

My condolences sir💯❤️

Bea Torres

My heartfelt condolences 🌹

Janet Poole

🙏🏽♥️🙏🏽

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