Build Me Up Buttercup – Foundations

March 10, 2022

Today’s song of the day is a British pop and soul song, “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations.

Fun Facts:

  • The song was written by English songwriters Mike d’Abo and Tony Macaulay and produced by Pye Records.
  • Clem Curtis was the original lead vocalist of The Foundations. Colin Young replaced Curtis after his departure in 1968, the same year “Build Me Up Buttercup” was released, making it the band’s first hit featuring Young’s vocals.
  • The song was released as a single and later included on the album of the same name, “Build Me Up Buttercup.” As a single, its b-side track was “New Direction.”
  • The hit is featured in the romantic comedies There’s Something About Mary (1998) and Kissing Booth (2020).
  • The song has been played at Angel Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels, during the 7th inning stretch for over twenty years.
  • Not long after release, “Build Me Up Buttercup” peaked at number three on Billboard’s Hot 100 and number one on Cash Box’s Top 100.
  • The band had many members come and go over its five-year lifespan, with the most significant lineup change being the departure of Clem Curtis and the addition of Colin Young.
  • The Foundations are considered to be one of the only British acts able to successfully create Motown music.

Lyrics:

(Genius)

Why do you build me up (Build me up)

Buttercup, baby

Just to let me down? (Let me down)

And mess me around

And then, worst of all (Worst of all)

You never call, baby

When you say you will (Say you will)

But I love you still

I need you (I need you)

More than anyone, darling

You know that I have from the start

So build me up (Build me up)

Buttercup, don’t break my heart

“I’ll be over at ten”, you told me time and again

But you’re late, I wait around and then (Ba-dah-dah)

I went to the door, I can’t take any more

It’s not you, you let me down again (Hey, hey, hey)

Baby, baby, try to find (Hey, hey, hey)

A little time and I’ll make you happy (Hey, hey, hey)

I’ll be home, I’ll be beside the phone waiting for you

Ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh

Eric Nam “I Don’t Know You Anymore’ Official Lyrics & Meaning | Verified

Why do you build me up (Build me up)

Buttercup, baby

Just to let me down? (Let me down)

And mess me around

And then, worst of all (Worst of all)

You never call, baby

When you say you will (Say you will)

But I love you still

I need you (I need you)

More than anyone, darling

You know that I have from the start

So build me up (Build me up)

Buttercup, don’t break my heart

To you, I’m a toy, but I could be the boy you adore

If you’d just let me know (Ba-dah-dah)

Although you’re untrue, I’m attracted to you all the more

Why do I need you so? (Hey, hey, hey)

Baby, baby, try to find (Hey, hey, hey)

A little time and I’ll make you happy (Hey, hey, hey)

I’ll be home, I’ll be beside the phone waiting for you

Ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh

Why do you build me up (Build me up)

Buttercup, baby

Just to let me down? (Let me down)

And mess me around

And then, worst of all (Worst of all)

You never call, baby

When you say you will (Say you will)

But I love you still

I need you (I need you)

More than anyone, darling

You know that I have from the start

So build me up (Build me up)

Buttercup, don’t break my heart

I-I-I need you more than anyone, baby

You know that I have from the start

So build me up (Build me up)

Buttercup, don’t break my heart

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