Ain’t Too Proud To Beg- The Temptations

March 3, 2022

Today’s song of the day is an American soul and R&B song, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” by The Temptations.

Fun Facts:

  • The song was recorded in Detroit, Michigan and released on May 3, 1966.
  • “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” was released as a single and later included on the group’s fourth studio album, Gettin’ Ready.
  • Norman Whitfield, known for his illustrious career dedicated largely to Motown’s giants, produced the song and participated in writing the lyrics. Along with his work with The Temptations, Whitfield also worked with Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Rose Royce, and more.
  • After the release of “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” the song quickly rose to the top of Billboard’s R&B Chart, where it claimed the top spot for eight weeks. It additionally charted on Billboard’s Pop Chart, peaking at number thirteen.
  • The song was featured on “AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs,” a list of the top one hundred songs in American cinema of the 20th century compiled by the American Film Institute. “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” came in at number 94.
  • The Temptations remains active today, with founder and member Otis Williams holding the rights to the group’s name.

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

I know you wanna leave me

But I refuse to let you go

If I have to beg and 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 (sweet darlin’)

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 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, sweet darlin’

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 walkin’ 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 (sweet darlin’)

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 gotta love so deep, in the pit of my heart

And each day it grows more and more

I’m not ashamed to come, and plead to you baby

If pleadin’ keeps you from, walkin’ out that door

Ain’t too proud to beg and you know it (sweet darlin’)

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)

Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby (sweet darling’)

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