Song of the Day #381: ‘My Guy’ – Mary Wells

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Another Smokey Robinson classic that became another #1 hit for Motown. Robinson should have a special wing in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Hell, he should have his own building. I wonder if he wrote this before or after ‘My Girl,’ and if he wrote whichever one came second as a companion piece to the first. Wikipedia, usually so helpful in these matters, is silent on the subject.

This is one of those songs in which the singer professes love by dissing the object of her affection (‘My Funny Valentine’ is another that comes to mind). “No muscle bound man could take my hand from my guy…. no handsome face could ever take the place of my guy.” If this song was directed to me I’d be pissed! So I’m weak and ugly, but at least you love me. Thanks!

Nothing you can say can take me away
From my guy
Nothing you could do ’cause I’m stuck like glue
To my guy

I’m sticking to my guy like a stamp to a letter
Like birds of a feather we stick together

I can tell you from the start
I can’t be torn apart from my guy

Nothing you could do could make me be untrue,
To my guy
Nothing you could buy could make me tell a lie,
To my guy

I gave my guy my word of honour
To be faithful and I’m gonna
You’d better be believing I won’t be deceiving
My guy

As a matter of opinion, I think he’s tops
My opinion is he’s the cream of the crop
As a matter of taste, to be exact
He’s my ideal as a matter of fact

No muscle bound man could take my hand,
From my guy
No handsome face could ever take the place
Of my guy

He may not be a movie star
But when it comes to being happy
We are
There’s not a man today who can take me away
From my guy

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #381: ‘My Guy’ – Mary Wells

  1. Amy says:

    You neglect to mention that she also declares that in her opinion, he’s “tops” and “cream of the crop.” Just because he’s not a movie star, he’s her star. So maybe you should be flattered if she wrote it for you! (Or Smokey ghost wrote it for you)

    This is a great song. I’ve always loved the “I’m sticking to my guy like a stamp to a letter” – for some reason, I find that so charming.

  2. Dana says:

    I think the sentiment is rather sweet. Let’s face it, unless you are dating Brad Pitt or Jason Taylor, there is always someone out there who could be a temptation. I’m not sure her “guy” is necessarily ugly or homely, he’s just not a “muscle bound” “movie star.”

    Amy could sing this to me all day long:)

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