(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need

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"(Loneliness Made Me Realize) It's You That I Need" is a 1963 song that became a 1967 hit single recorded by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label, produced and co-written by Norman Whitfield. This is one of the small handful of pre-psychedelic era songs the group recorded that had more than two members singing lead at one point, and the only one that charted. It peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop charts in the Top 20 at number 14, and in the Billboard R&B charts at number 3. As the song's narrator, Temptations lead singer David Ruffin tells his former love that since they broke up he can only think of her and no one else, and since he can't find someone else to love he has an unbearable loneliness in his heart. This is one of the rare pre-1968 singles to feature the group members singing all lead vocals at one point, as the other members, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, and Otis Williams, each have a solo spot out front on the last verse. Issued with the Otis Williams-led "Don't Send Me Away" as its B-side, "It's You That I Need" was the fourth and final single from the group's 1967 album The Temptations with a Lot o' Soul. The single would be the last one with all group members singing lead until "Cloud Nine". It would also be the last single in which lyricist Eddie Holland would be teamed with Norman Whitfield, who would now be partnered with Barrett Strong for the next five years creating the group's material. Holland, who originally recorded the song (for the Motown label) as an unreleased track back in 1963, was also a member of the production team of H-D-H, who had become dissatisfied with both their pay and the working atmosphere at Motown, and the trio left the label in early 1968. 


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Oh ho
Lonely man am I
Ever since you said goodbye
Girl I know that I should have woke up
'Cause it seems now that we broke up
Your farewell kiss is haunting me
My two lips cry out constantly

Let your heart, let your heart be your guide
Forget about your foolish pride

Starting tomorrow I keep telling myself
I'm gonna get out and find somebody else
Somebody that's sweet and kind
Who will erase you out of my mind
But tell me how can I find somebody new baby
When my two arms keep reaching out for you
And my two lips keep right on repeating
It's you that I need
Oh

You know that even when I close my eyes to forget you
I see your face and your memories too
Girl I've never felt this loneliness before
And oh girl I just can't take it no more

Every night a million tears I shed
Girl every morning going out of my head
Just take a good look and you'll see
What this loneliness is doing to me

(It's you that I need) oh ho
(Don't you know that it you that I need) oh I can't take this loneliness
(You that I need) oh baby I need you
(You that I need) oh

So a fool I'm gonna be no more
'Cause I'll soon be knocking knocking on your door
Gonna get down on my bended knees
Beggin' please girl come back to me

It's you that I need
Girl it's you that I need

Girl take a good look and you'll see
What this loneliness is doing to me

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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: JR., EDWARD HOLLAND, EDWARD, JR. HOLLAND, NORMAN WHITFIELD, NORMAN J. WHITFIELD

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