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The Temptations The Way You Do the Things You Do

The Way You Do the Things You Do by The Temptations

Motown Hits

The song “The Way You Do the Things You Do” was written by Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers. It was released in January, 1964, on the Gordy label. The song became the first single for The Temptations that charted in the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it went to #11. The song rose to #1 on the Cash Box R&B Chart.  The Temptations are one of the most successful groups in music history, which isn’t surprising since they have great songs, great harmonies, and great performances. For this record, the group members were Eddie Kendricks (lead vocal), David Ruffin, Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, and Paul Williams. Instrumentation is by The Funk Brothers (the fabulous Motown session musicians). There have been personnel changes over the years, and they continue to tour and perform.

Here are the lyrics to “The Way You Do the Things You Do” by The Temptations:

You’ve got a smile so bright
You know you could have been a candle
I’m holding you so tight
You know you could have been a handle

The way you swept me off my feet
You know you could have been a broom
The way you smelled so sweet
You know you could have been some perfume

Well, you could have been anything that you wanted to
And I can tell the way you do the things you do
Ah baby
(The way you do the things you do)
(The way you do the things you do)

As pretty as you are
You know you could have been a flower
If good looks was a minute
You know that you could be an hour

The way you stole my heart
You know you could have been a cool crook
And baby, you’re so smart
You know you could have been a schoolbook

Well, you could have been anything that you wanted to
And I can tell the way you do the things you do
(The way you do the things you do)
Ah, baby
(The way you do the things you do)
Yeah

You made my life so rich
You know you could have been some money
And baby, you’re so sweet
You know you could have been some honey

Well, you could have been anything that you wanted to
And I can tell the way you do the things you do
(The way you do the things you do)

You really swept me off my feet
(The way you do the things you do)
You made my life complete
(The way you do the things you do)

You made my life so bright
(The way you do the things you do)
You make me feel all right
(The way you do the things you do)

For other songs by The Temptations, which are on The Daily Doo Wop’s sister site Pass the Paisley: “My Girl” by “Ball of Confusion.”

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5 Comments

  1. sally rubio says:

    Love it. Early doo wop.

  2. […] If you are interested in reading about and listening to other songs by The Temptations: “My Girl” and “The Way You Do the Things You Do.” […]

  3. […] For more songs by The Temptations: “My Girl,” “Ball of Confusion,” and “The Way You Do The Things You Do.” […]

  4. […] For other songs by The Temptations: “Ball of Confusion” and “The Way You Do the Things You Do.” […]

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