Song of the Day #317: ‘Where Did Our Love Go?’ – The Supremes

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I love watching these old clips, the music videos of their time. They usually feature a very polite, seated audience watching the expertly choreographed performance of three or four splendidly dressed artists who smile big innocent smiles while lip-syncing their hit songs.

I love it because tell-all books and movies have exposed the cutthroat, drug- and sex-fueled atmosphere behind the scenes of these carefully orchestrated tableaux. Supremes Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard probably wanted to slit Diana Ross’ throat, but how heavenly they look together on that stage!

I wish I was old enough to have known Diana Ross through The Supremes rather than her over-the-top and somewhat frightening disco diva days. I think I would have had a big crush on the woman singing these early tracks. Of all the musical genres and time periods, I’d say I have the greatest natural affection for songs like this one and the similar sound of Aretha Franklin in Muscle Shoals and Dusty Springfield in Memphis.

Baby, baby
Baby don’t leave me
Ooh, please don’t leave me
All by myself

I’ve got this yearning, burning
Yearning feelin’ inside me
Ooh, deep inside me
And it hurts so bad

You came into my heart
So tenderly
With a burning love
That stings like a bee

Now that I surrender
So helplessly
You now wanna leave
Ooh, you wanna leave me

Ooh, baby, baby
Where did our love go?
Ooh, don’t you want me
Don’t you want me no more

Ooh, baby
Baby, baby
Where did our love go
And all your promisses
Of a love forever more

I’ve got this yearning, burning
Yearning feelin’ inside me
Ooh, deep inside me
And it hurts so bad

Before you won my heart
You were a perfect guy
But now that you got me
You wanna leave me behind
Baby, baby, ooh baby

Baby, baby don’t leave me
Ooh, please don’t leave me
All by myself

Ooh, baby, baby
Where did our love go?

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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #317: ‘Where Did Our Love Go?’ – The Supremes

  1. pegclifton says:

    I remember visiting the Supremes exhibit at the Rock and Roll hall of Fame with Diana; it was all about their gowns, but it was great to look at them and hear their music.

  2. Amy says:

    I loved later Diana Ross, singing in Central Park in the rain. Don’t be dissing Diana – at any stage!

    These songs are so great. I sometimes wonder which of today’s contemporary songs will have the staying power these songs had. I don’t see us listening to Eminem 50 years from now. Or Beyonce. Or Britney Spears. Maybe Amy Winehouse and the British throwbacks -but is that because they’re throwbacks?

    I wonder….

  3. Clay says:

    It’s interesting that so many of today’s popular songs (mostly in the rap genre) sample songs from the 60s and 70s… so they are popular in large part thanks to the strength of those earlier songs.

    The great songs being written today aren’t popular, so while they deserve to be listened to in 50 years the sad fact is they likely will be forgotten for other reasons.

  4. Dana says:

    I suspect songs from Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Nirvana, REM, Michael Jackson, amongst others will live 50 years from now.

    And Ross singing disco is no more embarrassing than Rod Stewart, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, etc….doing disco. It doesn’t’ diminish her great voice and legendary status.

  5. Clay says:

    That’s why I wish I’d known her in the less embarassing times.

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