My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)

David Ruffin, The Temptations Buy

About My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)

"My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)" is the solo debut single for former Temptations lead singer David Ruffin, released on Motown Records in early 1969 (see 1969 in music). The song was written by Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol, Pam Sawyer, and James Roach, with its melody and intro based upon the classical music piece "Frühlingslied" by Felix Mendelssohn. Fuqua and Bristol handled the recording's production. Ruffin had been dismissed from the Temptations in June 1968 for what has been repeatedly deemed increasingly unprofessional behavior. The song was originally intended to be sung by the Temptations when Ruffin was still the group's front man, but when he finally agreed to a solo contract with Motown, the song was given to him. A bittersweet ballad in the style of "Since I Lost My Baby", "All I Need", "I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)", "(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need", "(I Know) I'm Losing You" and "I Wish It Would Rain", Ruffin, as the narrator, sings of the extensive pain he has felt since his lover has left him. All throughout the song, Ruffin asks his lover why she left him, what he did wrong that drove her away, and professes to her that without her, his life is meaningless. Singing backup for Ruffin on the recording are The Originals, who the same year would score a hit of their own with "Baby I'm For Real". 


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1996
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Last week my life had meaning, it was beautiful and so sweet.
But now it's nothing, nothing without you, baby, 
My whole world is incomplete.
'Cause honey, I can't see you no more.
That was all that you said, baby, 
But you just might as well placed a gun to my head, baby, baby.
(Oh! How could you do it!)
 
My Whole World Ended the moment you left me, Yeah, baby. 
Honey, My Whole World Ended the moment you left me.
It tumbled down to the ground, baby.
 
Did you ever mean those sweet things, 
Ah, that you used to say?
(Spoken): Did you mean it baby?
Of a house with a lovely, lovely garden,
And a little baby some day.
Ah!  Tell me, where did I go wrong, honey?
Whatever changed your mind, baby?
I've asked myself these questions over a million times, baby, baby.
(Oh! How could you do it!)
 
My Whole World Ended the moment you left me, Yeah, baby. 
Honey, My Whole World Ended the moment you left me.
It tumbled down to the ground, baby, baby, baby.
 
Now my body is numb, I feel so senseless to the touch,
My life is so wasted without you, 
I guess I loved you much too much.
How can I face tomorrow, 
When yesterday is all I see?
I just don't wanna face tomorrow, if you're not sharing it with me.
Baby, baby, 
(Tell me why.)
 
My Whole World Ended the moment you left me, Yeah, baby. 
Honey, My Whole World Ended the moment you left me.
It tumbled down to the ground, baby, baby, baby.
 

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The Temptations

The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success in the 60s and 70s at Motown Records. The group's repertoire has included, during its five-decade career, R&B, doo-wop, funk, disco, soul, and adult contemporary music. Known for their recognizable choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy onstage suits, the Temptations have been said to be as influential to soul as The Beatles are to pop and rock. more »

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Written by: HARVEY FUQUA, JAMES ROACH, JOHNNY WILLIAM BRISTOL, PAMELA JOAN SAWYER

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