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I Ain't Got Nothin'
by The Temptations

You know, every house has a door and every room has a floor.
Every fence has a gate and every beast has a mate.
Everybody, everybody's got something but me.
I ain't got nothing.

Every stove has a fire and every car has a tire.
Every fish has a bowl and every shoe has a sole.
Everybody, everybody's got something but me.
I ain't got nothing.

Now I don't care about politics and things across the sea.
All I want all I want to do is love
And have somebody love me. I need I need somebody.

Every lion has a den and every little pig has its pen.
Every road has a way and (they tell me) every dog has its day.
Everybody, everybody's got something but me.
I ain't got nothing I ain't got nothing. Oh no.
(repeat to fade)

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Written by: EVANS KING, MAURICE C. KING

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soul see

if people know Otis says he hate singing lead....when he does i tear it up....every temptation singer could sing...that made them special..Otis kept the back ground harmony together and the group together.....OTIS did his thing on this!

Cora Hudson

Foster Mac: You're probably right but when you are surrounded by Singers such as David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks with VOICES anoited by GOD it is best to play it safe like Otis Williams did. I sang in my high school chours, beleve it or not I made the chours when I was 11. A friend of mine name Barbara was 12 and she made it too. We could run with those high school students. Mostly, we put them on the back burner. My point is whatever a person endeavors to do perform your best. Foster when you watch a video pay attention to Ruffin's mouth. He didn't care how he had to turn it, stretch it, or roll it to get those Lyrics out he brought it on to the surface. Now that's a Singer. I love them all but Otis had fear in him. He feared Berry Gordy would eliminate him from the group because of his sub-standard skills. Otis was instrumental in the establishment of the group so I glad he remain a Temptation. His fear made him controlling and his efforts destroyed the culture of the group. I love Otis Williams but he couldn't/can't stretch on out and sing. LOL. Enjoyed your reply. Belated Happy New Year.
Cora Hudson

Cora Hudson

Foster Mac: You're probably right but when you are surrounded by Singers such as David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks with VOICES anoited by GOD it is best to play it safe like Otis Williams did. I sang on my high school chours, beleve it or not I made the chours when I was 11. A friend of mine name Barbara was 12 and she made it too. We could run with those high school students. Mostly, we put them on the back burner. My point is whatever a person endeavors to do perform your best. Foster when you watch a video pay attention to Ruffin's mouth. He didn't care how he had to turn it, stretch it, or roll it to get those Lyrics out he brought it on to the surface. Now that's a Singer. I love them all but Otis had fear in him. He feared Berry Gordy would eliminate him from the group because of his sub-standard skills. Otis was instrumental in the establishment of the group so I glad he remain a Temptation. His fear made him controlling and his efforts destroyed the culture of the group. I love Otis Williams but he couldn't/can't stretch on out and sing. LOL. Enjoyed your reply. Belated Happy New Year.
Cora Hudson

Foster Mac

Cora Hudson. Hahaha. Lol. I think he has a chance, but he didnt necessarily do his best on this (or any) song. You may be right about his range, but I just think he could do more in that limited range.

Cora Hudson

Foster Mac: Now get real OTIS WILLIAMS COULDN'T and CAN'T SING. I have analyzed his voice, listen to the 2 songs with him on lead and my assessment is he had a poor VOICE quality. Really, he sounds LAZY as a Singer. The song "I Ain't Got Nothing had beautiful LYRICS but Otis couldn't sell it, no one ever heard this song until maybe 5 years ago. The song is on one of The TEMPTATIONS
biggest money-making albums. You make a good case in Otis William's defense but HE COULDN'T/CAN'T SING. I love Otis but see what his scale (A-G or E-F) range merits him then you'll know. Thanks for your reply Mac and I gave consideration to your points. Cora Hudson-Guice. P.S. Fill free to respond.

Foster Mac

No, Cora, Otis could sing. I will admit he comes off a a little tentative. Sounds as though he is employing the discipline that one does when singing in heavily arranged background voicing. The reality is that he should bring more of his voice into the mix, although the song worked with his hushed vocals. Seems it would have been striking with more forceful singing. A qualified vocal coach could have taken him there, without sacrificing the quality. It sounds like a second tenor, but he appears to have more to offer.

Without doing any of that, then he should have insisted in this type of harrowing, sorrowful song being presented on each album so that he could have more product out there.

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Therlow Foy

This is the "Second Classic Five" Lineup - Otis, Melvin, Richard Street, Dennis Edwards, and Damon on the Eddie Kendricks First Tenor...A great lineup!

Tyrone Broadnax

Otis has a fantastic voice I love this song.

Cora Hudson

I like Otis because he was a part of the Temptations. I love all of them but Mr. Ruffin meaning David was my Man, then Eddie Kendrick: They were the Voices. I learn a long time ago to give credit to whom its due, regardless of personality. Cora Hudson

Doggmacticable

DAAAAAAAANG!! I HAVEN'T HEARD THIS SONG SINCE 1978!!!! HAD THE SELF-TITLED DOUBLE 8-TRACK SET I PLAYED TO DEATH. THIS BROUGHT BACK SOME FOND SENTIMENTAL MEMORIES FROM MY CHILDHOOD!!!

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