Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)

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"Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" is a song by American soul group The Temptations. Released on the Gordy (Motown) label, and produced by Norman Whitfield, it features on the group's 1971 album, Sky's the Limit. When released as a single, "Just My Imagination" became the third Temptations song to reach number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single held the number 1 position on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart for two weeks in 1971, from March 27 to April 10. "Just My Imagination" also held the number one spot on the Billboard R&B Singles chart for three weeks, from February 27 to March 20 of that year. Today, "Just My Imagination" is considered one of the Temptations' signature songs, and is notable for recalling the sound of the group's 1960s recordings. It is also the final Temptations single to feature founding members Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams. During the process of recording and releasing the single, Kendricks left the group to begin a solo career, while the ailing Williams was forced to retire from the act for health reasons. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed "Just My Imagination" as number 389 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was covered by the Rolling Stones on their Some Girls album. 


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Each day through my window I watch her as she passes by
I say to myself you're such a lucky guy,
To have a girl like her is truly a dream come true
out of all the fellows in the world she belongs to me.
But it was Just my imagination,
once again runnin' away with me.
It was just my imagination runnin' away with me. Oo
Soon we'll be married and raise a family (Oh yeah)
A cozy little home out in the country with two children maybe three.
I tell you I can visualize it all 
this couldn't be a dream for too real it all seems;
But it was Just my imagination once again runnin' way with me.
Tell you it was just my imagination runnin' away with me.
Ev'ry night on my knees I pray Dear Lord, Hear my plea;
Don't ever let another take her love from me or I would surely die.
Her love is heavenly, when her arms enfold me,
I hear a tender rhapsody; but in reality she doesn't even know me.
Just my imagination once again runnin' way with me.
Tell you it was just my imagination runnin' away with me.
no, no, no, no, no, no, no, can't forget her
Just my imagination once again runnin' way with me.
Tell you it was just my imagination runnin' away with me.

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3 facts about this song

Eddie Kendricks Version
1. Eddie Kendricks, one of the members of the Temptations, sung the lead vocals on their version of "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)". 2. Eddie Kendricks left The Temptations after recording this song due to both personal and professional issues. 3. It was the last Temptations single to feature Kendricks in the lead. He departed from the group shortly after the song was recorded.
The Rolling Stones Version
4. The Rolling Stones covered "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" in their 1978 album "Some Girls". 5. The Stones chose this song as homage to their love of soul music, a different genre from their usual rock and roll style. 6. They adapted it to their signature rock style, with Mick Jagger singing in a soulful tone that gives a tribute to the Motown sound.
The Temptations Original Version
7. It was The Temptations' third number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. 8. The song was created by the songwriting/production team of Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, and it included a B-side track, "You Make Your Own Heaven and Hell Right Here on Earth". 9. The song was sampled or covered by several other artists and used in multiple films and television series after its original release. 10. Unlike most other Temptations songs which had a funkier, grittier sound, "Just My Imagination" was a return to the smoother, softer sound that The Temptations were originally known for. 11. "Just My Imagination" was also a pivotal song in the group's evolution, as it marked their transition from their earlier Motown sound towards more socially conscious themes.

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