Motown in Love

Lyrics from the Golden Era

By Herb Jordan (Editor)
(Pantheon, Hardcover, 9780375422003, 224pp.)

Publication Date: November 7, 2006

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Here at last: all the words to all the great love songs from the golden era of Motown, when the Motown sound dominated the charts and kids fell in love, broke up, and fell in love again to its irresistibly danceable hits.

Born in inner-city Detroit but loved by people all around the world, the songs of Motown remain unmistakable and unforgettable: “I’ll Be There,” “My Girl,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” From the tender beginnings of romance to the heartbreak of good-bye, Motown’s legendary songwriters and performers captured all the nuances of love in what became some of the most beloved songs of our time. Motown Records left behind an unequaled legacy of popular music that was both sophisticated and streetwise, achingly emotional and the epitome of cool.

This vibrant collection of lyrics enables us to sing along–not just hum along–to our favorite Motown tunes and acknowledges the contributions of the lyricists who made these celebrated records possible, from singer-songwriters Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Marvin Gaye to collaborators Holland-Dozier-Holland, Ashford and Simpson, and Strong and Whitfield.

With an insightful introduction by editor Herb Jordan and rare photographs of the best-known Motown musicians and writers, Motown in Love is a treasure for those who lived by the songs in the sixties and seventies, and for those just discovering them now.

Featuring all the words to:

ain’t no mountain high enough
ain’t nothing like the real thing
ain’t that peculiar
all in love is fair
as
ask the lonely
baby i need your loving
baby i’m for real
baby love
back in my arms again
beauty is only skin deep
bernadette
choosey beggar
come and get these memories
come see about me
dancing in the street
devil with a blue dress on
distant lover
do you love me
does your mama know about me
don’t look back
don’t mess with bill
every little bit hurts
fading away
for once in my life
get ready
he was really sayin’ somthin’
heat wave
hitch hike
how sweet it is to be loved by you
the hunter gets captured by the game
i can’t get next to you
i can’t help myself
i hear a symphony
i heard it through the grapevine
(i know) i’m losing you
i second that emotion
i want you back
i was made to love her
i wish it would rain
if i could build my whole world around you
if i were your woman
if it’s magic
if this world were mine
i’ll be doggone
i’ll be in trouble
i’ll be there
i’ll try something new
i’m gonna make you love me
it takes two
it’s growing
it’s the same old song
just my imagination (running away with me)
lately
let’s get it on
the love i saw in you was just a mirage
love is here and now you’re gone
love is like an itching in my heart
the love you save
love’s in need of love today
loving you is sweeter than ever
more love
my cherie amour
my girl
my girl has gone
my guy
my world is empty without you
never can say goodbye
never dreamed you’d leave in summer
nowhere to run
the one who really loves you
ooo baby baby
please mr. postman
pride and joy
reach out i’ll be there
reflections
rocket love
7 rooms of gloom
shake me, wake me (when it’s over)
shop around
signed, sealed, delivered, i’m yours
since i lost my baby
standing in the shadows of love
stop! in the name of love
stubborn kind of fellow
take me in your arms (rock me)
the tears of a clown
this old heart of mine (is weak for you)
too busy thinking about my baby
the tracks of my tears
truly yours
two lovers
until you come back to me (that’s what i’m gonna do)
up the ladder to the roof
uptight (everything’s alright)
the way you do the things you do
what becomes of the brokenhearted
what’s going on
when i’m gone
when the lovelight starts shining through his eyes
where did our love go
who’s lovin’ you
yester-me, yester-you, yesterday
you are the sunshine of my life
you beat me to the punch
you can’t hurry love
you keep me hangin’ on
your precious love
you’re a wonderful one
you’re all i need to get by
you’re my everything
you’ve really got a hold on me




About the Author

Herb Jordan is a legal scholar, composer, and commentator on American culture. He taught at the University of Michigan Law School, where he received the L. Hart Wright Outstanding Faculty Member Award. He is also a recipient of the Thomas M. Cooley Distinguished Brief Award for scholarly legal writing. Jordan composed for Count Basie and has produced a number of award-winning albums, including the Grammy-nominated American Song. He tutors young writers in the Los Angeles public schools.

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