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Friday, October 19, 2012

The Funk Brothers, "You've Really Got a Hold On Me"

The music we heard in class was in the film Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002), a wonderful documentary about the unsung musician/heroes of the early Motown years. Here is the part of the film where we hear the song:



Here's the song as we heard it in class:


Here is the original hit, from 1962, with some of the same Funk Brothers playing the instruments:


The version we heard on class isn't available for sale as an MP3 file, but the CD soundtrack of the film is available from Amazon.com.

The words (by William "Smokey" Robinson):

I don't like you but I love you
Seems that I'm always thinking of you
Oh, you treat me badly
I love you madly

You really got a hold on me
You really got a hold on me, baby

I don't want you but I need you
Don't want to kiss you but I need you
Oh, you do me wrong now
My love is strong now

You really got a hold on me
You really got a hold on me, baby

I love you and all I want you to do
Is just hold me, hold me
Hold me, hold me
Tighter

I want to leave you don't want to stay here
Don't want to spend another day here
Oh, I want to split now
I can't quit now

You really got a hold on me
You really got a hold on me, baby

I love you and all I want you to do
Is just please, squeeze, hold me, hold me

You really got a hold on me
I said you really got a hold on me
You know you really got a hold on me
You know you really got a hold on me
I said you really got a hold on me
You know you really got a hold on me

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