Love Child



The Supremes

You think that I don't feel love,
What I feel for you is real love.
In other's eyes I see reflected a hurt, scorned, rejected.
Love Child, never meant to be,
Love Child, born in poverty,
Love Child, never meant to be,
Love Child, take a look at me.

I started my life in an old, cold, rundown tenement slum.
My father left, he never even married Mom.
I shared the guilt my mama knew,
So afraid that others knew I had no name.

This love we're contemplating, is worth the pain of waiting.
We'll only end up hating the child we may be creating.
Love Child, never meant to be,
Love Child, by society,
Love Child, never meant to be,
Love Child, diff'rent from the rest.
Hold on, Whoa.

I started school in a worn, torn, dress that somebody threw out.
I knew the way it was to always live in doubt,
To be without the simple things,
So afraid my friends could see the guilt in me.
Don't think I don't need you,
Don't think I don't want to please you.
No child of mine'll be bearing the name of shame I've been wearin'.

Love Child, never quite as good,
(I'll always love you.)
Love Child, misunderstood.
(I'll always love you.)
Love Child, never quite as good,
(I'll always love you.)
Love Child, misunderstood.
(I'll always love you.)

Writer/s: Richards, Deke / Wilson, Frank Edward / Sawyer, Pamela Joan / Taylor, R. Dean
EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group
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On January 5th 1969, Diana Ross & the Supremes performed "Love Child" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
Three months earlier on October 13th, 1968 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on November 24th, 1968 it peaked at #1 (for 2 weeks) and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100...
It bumped "Hey Jude" by the Beatles out of the top spot, the Fab Four had been at #1 for nine weeks...
It reached #2 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
On the same Sullivan show the trio performed their next charted single, "I'm Livin' In Shame", it peaked at #10 on the Top 100 and #8 on the R&B chart...
R.I.P. Mr. Sullivan (1901 - 1974) and Diana Ross will celebrate her 70th birthday in two months on March 26th.
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
I was 10 yrs old when this song came out and knew immediately what it was about. Great song.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
co-written by R. Dean Taylor of Indiana Wants Me fame
- Wayne, Toronto, ON
An absolutely astonishing song and recording! All the artists involved deserve eternal kukdos for making one of the finest hits ever to reach number one on the charts. A haunting melody (the strings in particular), dynamite vocals (I especially dig the "HAHHH!" interjections that occur three times from the background singers) and of course the lyrics addressing hot-button social issues in a totally unprecedented manner. This is the best "story song" ever made, I think. Naturally, however, it was totally overlooked at the Grammys that year.
- Paul, Washington DC, DC
When Diana Ross and the Supremes introduced this song on the Ed Sullivan show ONE DAY before its release, they didnt have on the glitzy gowns and high-flip wigs they normally have on - Diana Ross was in a sweatshirt that had "Love Child" written on it, cutoff jeans, an Afro and bare feet- Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong had barefeet as well and wore street clothes - ALSO, when they presented the song on the Sullivan show, they almost didnt, because the powers that be at CBS were nervous about the song's lyrics.
- Kristin, Bessemer, AL
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