♫ It’s The Same Old Song ♫

I chose this one for my final song in Black History Month.  Why?  Because I love it and as I was listening to a compilation of Motown songs in a tribute tonight, when this one came on, my feet immediately started tapping and I knew this was the one I wanted.  This song had an interesting inception.  Like so many of the Motown songs, it was written and produced by the team of Holland–Dozier–Holland.  The song was reportedly created—from initial concept to commercial release—in just 24 hours!

The story goes, according to SongFacts …

The Four Tops were signed to Columbia Records in 1960, releasing just one single – “Ain’t That Love” (written by their lead singer, Levi Stubbs) – before moving on to Riverside Records and eventually joining Motown in 1963. As “I Can’t Help Myself” was coming off the charts, word got out that Columbia was going to re-release “Ain’t That Love” to capitalize on the group’s sudden success. Motown head Berry Gordy made a big push to thwart this, and put the rush on a new song. Fortunately, Holland-Dozier-Holland were very good at reworking their hits – they did it the previous year when they followed up their Martha & The Vandellas smash “Heat Wave” with the copycat “Quicksand.” The Four Tops were also up for the task, as they were one of the most seasoned Motown acts.

HDH quickly wrote the song, and on Thursday, July 8, it was furiously recorded and pressed. It was delivered to radio stations the next day, and by that Monday, it was in stores.

Columbia did issue “Ain’t That Love,” but it stalled at #93 on the Hot 100.

It’s the Same Old Song
Four Tops

You’re sweet as a honey bee
But like a honey bee stings
You’ve gone and left my heart in pain
All you left is our favorite song
The one we danced to all night long
It used to bring sweet memories
Of a tender love that used to be

Now it’s the same old song
But with a different meaning
Since you been gone
It’s the same old song
But with a different meaning
Since you been gone
I, oh I

Sentimental fool, am I
To hear a old love song and wanna cry
‘Cause the melody keeps haunting me
Reminding me how in love we used to be
Keep hearing the part that used to touch my heart
Saying together forever, breaking up never

It’s the same old song
But with a different meaning
Since you been gone
But it’s the same old song
But with a different meaning
Since you been gone

Precious memories keep a lingering on
Every time I hear our favorite song
Now you’re gone, left this emptiness
I only reminisce the happiness we spent
We used to dance to the music
Make romance through the music

Now it’s the same old song
But with a different meaning
Since you been gone
It’s the same old song
But with a different meaning
Since you been gone
I, oh I

It’s the same old song
But with a different meaning
Since you been gone
It’s the same old song

Songwriters: Edward Jr. Holland / Lamont Dozier / Brian Holland
It’s the Same Old Song lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

21 thoughts on “♫ It’s The Same Old Song ♫

  1. I should just shut up, I know, but I love the words, just hate the melody. I like my sad songs to make me feel sad, that is how I get over the sadness. This melody deserves happy, life-affirming words. Maybe I’ll do that some day, I haven’t parodied a song for a number of weeks now. You know anyone overflowing with happiness these day?
    Me neither.

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      • I don’t even keep up with todays music, Jill. I’m listening to Pandora Radio as I type this. I think my ear plugs are about to give out though, not quite as good as they sounded last night when I put them in. I’ll have to hook them up to recharge and listen the usual way I suppose. Too bad my ears are getting older than the rest of me. As Mike, my baby who is having a birthday again two years from the only day that isn;t in Feb this year tells me, I’m only 29 and have been as long as he can remember. Actually, I’m 25 plus shipping and handling, and from the speed that goes up I’ll be catching up with Methusulah soon.

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        • I don’t either, Angie … today’s music just sounds like noise to me, but then … I remember my mother saying the same about the music I was listening to in the 60s! You should try a pair of wireless headphones … I wouldn’t trade mine for all the earbuds in the world! I can pull up a playlist on the computer, don the headphones, and go about my house chores listening to my tunes the whole time! My hearing has been poor since birth, so I never get the song lyrics quite right, but I do love the tunes, and I just make up my own lyrics! Oh pshaw, dear Angie! You’re like me … you forget how old you are until you pass by a mirror and wonder who that old hag is and who let her in! Somedays I feel ready for the dustbin, but … as long as my mind is still sharp (and it mostly is, though I forget more things with each passing day), then I’m ahead of some of these young whippersnappers! Hugs!

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          • I told Vic that I’m 25 plus shipping and handling. Just read his comment about the remarks he could make about the price of shipping these days. I know the price, and some days feel like it has doubled, but on days like this one I can’t believe that’s me staring back from the mirror. I guess that is why the only one in the apartment is the one over the sink in the bathroom. My son keeps reminding me I’m 29 and holding. He is the one who has had only 13 actual birthdates in his 53 — or maybe 52 years on earth.

            My parents hated some of the music we listened to, but then there are some songs from all kinds that I love and others tat give me a headache just hearing the names. I do love mountain folk music, almost all of it brought over from ireland, England, and the British Isles when the people seem to have settled in the Appalacians and surrounding mountain areas. The root of those songs go back hundreds of years and are timeless. But we mostly grew up listening to classics and I think almost all of us like that. My youngest brother has a large collection of the mountain folk music, but the rest are content with some of the better music from the ’60’s. I do love ABBA, now disbanded, but am constantly watching both Mama Mia movies just for the music.

            I jave several sets of earbuds and usually get the music on my Fire Stick, both amazon music and Pendora radio. I can continue with whatever I’m doing at the time while listening to that, and if I decide to switch over to a movie it comes in much better also.

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