J5 Files

You Need Love Like I Do (Don't You)

(Norman Whitfield / Barrett Strong)

Lead Vocals : Michael Jackson, Jermaine Jackson
Background Vocals : The Jackson 5

Arranged by James Carmichael
Produced by Hal Davis

Recorded at the Motown Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California


Get It Together Album Version (from "Get It Together") 4:25

Original version by Gladys Knight & the Pips
Album Greatest Hits (Soul, 1970)


Get It Together Label


Lyrics / Paroles

Well, well, well, well

Seems like it was only yesterday

When my mama told me don't fall in love

With the first guy that comes your way

He was handsome and nice

But I took her advice and passed him by

Years have passed and don't look

Like love's gonna give me a second try

Boy the look on your face tells me you understand

could it be your love life's like mine

Needs a helping hand well, well

You need love like I do (don't you).

Boy I can tell by the way

You look when I'm looking at you

I know it ain't fit and proper

for a girl to talk this way

But I can't cope with this loneliness

Not one more doggone day

Everyday has been an uphill climb

Keeping my hopes a-float

Judging from your silence boy

You must be in the same boat

ain't it true now

You need love like I do (don't you)

Boy I can tell by the way you look

When I'm looking at you

Well, well, well you need love

Like I do (don't you)

Boy it seems like I'm looking in the mirror

When I'm looking at you

I can't begin to tell

The many nights I sit home lonely

Come on and tell me boy

Has it ever happened to you

Boy I'm gonna tell you something

And believe me it ain't no joke

My love life is just like a sinking boat

I can understand a person being without money

But there sho' ain't no reason

For a person to be without love

Listen to me now

I'm a girl and you're a guy

So come on let's give love a try

Tell me lil' boy

You need love like I do (don't you)

I can tell by the way you look

When I'm looking at you

Boy finding true love is a dream

That everyone wants to come true

Boy can't you see it's up to us

© 1973 Stone Agate Music Division (BMI)
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