And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going

Jennifer Holliday

About And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going

"And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" (also known in short as just "And I Am Telling You") is a torch song from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, with lyrics by Tom Eyen and music by Henry Krieger. In the context of the musical, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" is sung by the character Effie White, a singer with the girl group The Dreams, to her manager, Curtis Taylor Jr., whose romantic and professional relationship with Effie is ending. The lyrics to "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", often considered the show's signature tune, describe Effie's love for Curtis, both strongly devoted and defiant. She refuses to let Curtis leave her behind, and boldly proclaims to him, "I'm staying and you ... you're gonna love me." In addition to its presence in the musical, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" is also notable as the debut single of two women who portrayed Effie. Jennifer Holliday originated the role on Broadway in 1981 and won a Tony Award for her performance as well as the Grammy for Best R&B Performance, Female for its re-release in 1982 for which it became a number-one R&B hit for Holliday. Jennifer Hudson portrayed Effie in the 2006 film adaptation of Dreamgirls, winning an Oscar for the role. Hudson's version became a Top 20 R&B single, and a number-one dance hit. 


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1982
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And I am telling you
I'm not going
You're the best man I'll ever know
There's no way I can ever go
No, no, no, no way
No, no, no, no way I'm livin' without you
I'm not livin' without you
I don't want to be free
I'm stayin'
I'm stayin'
And you, and you, you're gonna love me
Oh, you're gonna love me

And I am telling you
I'm not going
Even though the rough times are showing
There's just no way
There's no way
We're part of the same place
We're part of the same time
We both share the same blood
We both have the same mind
And time and time we have so much to share

No, no, no, no, no
I'm not wakin' up tomorrow mornin'
And findin' that there's nobody there
Darling, there's no way
No, no, no, no way I'm livin' without you
I'm not livin' without you
You see, there's just no way
There's no way

Tear down the mountains
Yell, scream and shout
You can say what you want
I'm not walkin' out
Stop all the rivers
Push, strike, and kill
I'm not gonna leave you
There's no way I will

And I am telling you
I'm not going
You're the best man I'll ever know
There's no way I could ever, ever go
No, no, no, no way
No, no, no, no way I'm livin' without you
Oh, I'm not livin' without you
I'm not livin' without you
I don't wanna be free
I'm stayin'
I'm stayin'
And you, and you, and you
You're gonna love me
Oh, yeah, you're gonna love me
Yes, you are, love me
Oh, oh, oh, love me
Love me
Love me
Love me
Love me
You're gonna love
Me

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Jennifer Holliday

Jennifer-Yvette Holliday (born October 19, 1960, Riverside, Texas) is an American singer and Tony Award-winning actress. She started her career on Broadway in musicals such as Dreamgirls, and later became a successful recording artist. She is best known for her debut single, the Dreamgirls showstopper and Grammy Award-winning R&B/Pop hit, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." She is also known as the Queen Of Broadway Gospel. more »

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Written by: Henry Krieger, Tom Eyen

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