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You Beat Me To The Punch - Mary Wells

You Beat Me To The Punch

The Ultimate Collection
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"You Beat Me to the Punch" is a soul single by Motown singer Mary Wells, released on the Motown label in 1962. It was co-written by Smokey Robinson of The Miracles, who was responsible for the majority of hits released by Wells while she was a Motown artist, and another Miracles member, Ronnie White. Following the success of the previous single, "The One Who Really Loves You", Motown released this record shortly after it was produced and the song performed similar work as "The One Who Really Loves You" did,becoming a Billboard Top 10 Pop smash, peaking at number nine on the pop chart and becoming her first number-one hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart. It also won Wells a Grammy nomination for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording. Like "The One Who Really Loves You" before it, the song was produced under a mock-calypso beat. This song inspired an "answer" song by soul singer Gene Chandler called "You Threw A Lucky Punch" which used the same music and different lyrics which became an R&B chart hit that year. Lead vocal by Mary Wells Background vocals by the Love Tones Written and produced by Smokey Robinson and Ronald "Ronnie" White Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers


Mary Esther Wells (May 13, 1943 – July 26, 1992) was an American singer who defined the early sound of Motown Records in the early sixties. Along with The Miracles, The Temptations, The Supremes, and The Four Tops, Wells was said to have been part of the charge in black music onto radio stations and record shelves of mainstream America "bridging the color lines in music at the time." With a string of hit singles mainly composed by Smokey Robinson including "Two Lovers" (1962) Show more ...

You Beat Me To The Punch - Mary Wells

You Beat Me To The Punch 2:40 Trk 5
(W. Smokey Robinson)
Mary Wells
Backing vocals, The Love Tones: Stan Bracely (bass)
Carl Jones (tenor) and Joe Miles (baritone)
Musicians: The Funk Brothers (Motown)
Produced by Smokey Robinson, Motown Records single #1032
Pop Chart #9 Aug. 11, 1962
Album: Mary Wells The Ultimate Collection
Motown #314530859-2



That day I first saw you
Whoa-whoa, passing by
I wanted to know your name
But I-I was much too shy

But I was looking (lookin') at you so hard
Until you must have had a hunch
(You must have had a hunch)
So, you came up to me
And asked me my name

You beat me to the punch
(You beat me to the punch) that time
You beat me to the punch
(You beat me to the punch)
Whoa-oh-oh-oh
You beat me to the punch
(You beat me to the punch)

Oh-oh-whoa, after I hadn't known you
For what seems like a long, long, time
I wanted, wanted to ask you
Would you please, please be mine?

Whenever you came around
(You came) my heart would pound
So, you must have had a hunch
(You must have had a hunch)
So, you came up to me
You asked me to be yours

You beat me to the punch
(You beat me to the punch) one more time
You beat me to the punch
(You beat me to the punch)
Whoa-oh-oh-oh
You beat me to the punch, yeah
(You beat me to the punch)

Since I love you
I thought you would be true
And love me tender
So, I let my heart surrender to you-hoo
Yes, I did

But I found out beyond a doubt
One day boy, you were a playboy
Who would go away
And leave me, blue-ooo

So, I ain't gonna wait around (go around)
For you to put me down (what you oughta do)
This time I'm gonna play my hunch
(I'll be here, you can blame my stunt)
Then walk away this very day

And beat you to the punch
(And beat you to the punch) this time (go!)
I'll beat you to the punch, yes I will (go!)
(I'll beat you to the punch)

FADES-

Let you know, now
(I'll beat you to the punch) how little it feels
(Why don't you)
Ho-ho-ho
(I'll beat you to the punch)
Ho-ho-ho.

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