♫ Ain’t Too Proud To Beg ♫

Sometimes there is just nothing that will do but the Motown Sound.

This was written by Motown writers Norman Whitfield and Eddie Holland. Holland, who was part of the Holland/Dozier/Holland writing team, wrote the lyrics.  Smokey Robinson was The Temptations’ main writer at the time. Motown decided to release his Get Ready instead of this song, which drove Whitfield nuts. After Get Ready didn’t meet expectations, Ain’t Too Proud To Beg was released as The Temptations next single. From there, Whitfield became the regular producer of the Temptations.

Whitfield went on to write other Motown classics, including Heard It Through The Grapevine and (I Know) I’m Losing You. He became the chief songwriter for The Temptations.

Whitfield also produced this song. He had Temptations singer David Ruffin sing slightly higher than his normal range, resulting in the pained vocal that went with the lyrics. Whitfield had Marvin Gaye do the same thing on Heard It Through The Grapevine.  This was a hit for The Rolling Stones when they covered it in 1974, taking it to #17 in America. Other notable covers of this song include Phil Collins.  Who knew?  🤷‍♀️  I love Phil Collins, but this song, in my book, belongs to The Temptations.

Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
The Temptations

I know you wanna leave me,
But I refuse to let you go,
If I have to beg, plead for your sympathy,
I don’t mind ’cause you mean that much to me.

Ain’t too proud to beg and you know it,
Please don’t leave me girl,
Don’t you go,
Ain’t too proud to plead, baby, baby,
Please don’t leave me, girl,
Don’t you go.

Now I’ve heard a cryin’ man
Is half a man with no sense of pride,
But if I have to cry to keep you,
I don’t mind weepin’ if it’ll keep you by my side.

Ain’t too proud to beg and you know it,
Please don’t leave me girl,
Don’t you go,
Ain’t too proud to plead, baby, baby,
Please don’t leave me, girl,
Don’t you go.

If I have to sleep on your doorstep all night and day
Just to keep you from walking away,
Let your friends laugh, even this I can stand,
’cause I wanna keep you any way I can.

Ain’t too proud to beg and you know it,
Please don’t leave me girl,
Don’t you go,
Ain’t too proud to plead, baby, baby,
Please don’t leave me, girl,
Don’t you go.

Now I’ve got a love so deep in the pit of my heart,
And each day it grows more and more,
I’m not ashamed to call and plead to you, baby,
If pleading keeps you from walking out that door.

Ain’t too proud to beg and you know it,
Please don’t leave me girl,
Don’t you go,
Ain’t too proud to plead, baby, baby,
Please don’t leave me, girl,
Don’t you go.

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Norman Whitfield / Edward Jr. Holland
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

11 thoughts on “♫ Ain’t Too Proud To Beg ♫

  1. Throughout the long history of The Temptations the infighting amongst the different members of the group, even violent at times, is well known and mostly swept under the carpet due to their talent. Their coordinated handsome attire and eye catching choreography along with their magnificent voices and distinctive style made them a much loved group for concert goers like myself. For all of their success they had more than their share of misfortunes and tragedies, though many were of their own making. David Ruffin, younger brother of the equally talented Jimmy Ruffin, is mayhaps the most tragic one of all. He went from an early goal of becoming a minister like his abusive father to the enviable position of lead singer of The Temptations, from whence his decline into cocaine addiction took root. Brother Jimmy had been considered as the lead singer until David’s voice was heard, and it is a moot point that Jimmy probably would have managed stardom better than did David. David’s death from an “accidental” cocaine overdose in 1991 at the age of 50 was a nearly inevitable outcome given his inability to control the addiction. The Temptations version of this song is undeniably the best of all! Thank-you!

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  2. Motown for me had a genius that none of the other labels had.. For all the other ‘Sounds of Philadelphia or wherever none could touch Motown though some individual groups did.Detroit Emeralds for instance.
    Cwtch

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  3. Turmoil was the name of the game for the Temptations, clashing personalities, hirings, firings, yet somehow through all that the core of the group stayed together, and the quality of their music and singing never suffered. For me, the Tempts are real Motown, the best of the best. Unfortunately, Berry Gordy never used them to their full potential. He was captivated and hypnotized by Diana Ross.

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