I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – Four Tops

May 9, 2022

The Four Tops’ 1965 hit song Sugar Pie Honey Bunch, “I Can’t Help Myself,” was released on the Motown record label. Holland–Dozier–Holland, Motown’s primary production team, wrote and produced “I Can’t Help Myself,” one of the most famous Motown recordings from the 1960s.

The Songs Success

According to Billboard, this song topped the R&B chart for nine weeks from June 12 to June 19, then the Hot 100 chart for two non-consecutive weeks from June 26 to July 3. Labelmates The Supremes replaced it with – Back in My Arms Again. Labelmates The Supremes replaced it with – Back in My Arms Again.

After being stripped of the top spot by Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds, the song regained the position but was quickly overtaken by ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones. The single ranked second on Billboard’s 1965 singles chart. It reached 23 in the summer of 1965 and 10 on its spring 1970 re-release, the Four Tops’ first UK Top 40.

Fun Facts

  • Leading singer Levi Stubbs sings the song with the help of his fellow Tops and The Andantes.
  • Singer admits his love for a woman: “I’m weaker than a man should be/I can’t help myself/I’m a fool in love.”
  • In 1964, Holland-Dozier-Holland wrote “Where Did Our Love Go?” for the Supremes. The song’s melody got used to composing – I Can’t Help Myself.
  • In general, the title “I Can’t Help Myself” suggests that the writer couldn’t resist recycling his previous hit, according to critic Ed Hogan at Allmusic.

Lyrics:

https://genius.com/The-four-tops-i-cant-help-myself-sugar-pie-honey-bunch-lyrics

[Intro]

[Verse 1]

Sugar pie, honey bunch

You know that I love you

I can’t help myself

I love you and nobody else

 

 

[Verse 2]

In and out my life (In and out my life)

You come and you go (You come and you go)

Leaving just your picture behind

And I kissed it a thousand times

 

[Pre-Chorus]

When you snap your finger or wink your eye

I come a-running to you

I’m tied to your apron strings

And there’s nothing that I can do (Uuh)

[Chorus]

Can’t help myself (Noo)

No, I can’t help myself (Ooh)

Can’t

Sugar pie, honey bunch (Sugar pie, honey bunch)

[Post-Chorus]

I’m weaker than a man should be

I can’t help myself

I’m a fool in love you see

[Verse 3]

Wanna tell you I don’t love you

Tell you that we’re through

And I’ve tried but every time I see your face

I get all choked up inside

[Verse 4]

When I call your name

Girl, it starts the flame

Burning in my heart, tearing it all apart

No matter how I try, my love I cannot hide

[Chorus]

‘Cause sugar pie, honey bunch (Sugar pie, honey bunch)

You know that I’m weak for you (Weak for you)

Can’t help myself

I love you and nobody else (Uuh)

Sugar pie, honey bunch (Sugar pie, honey bunch)

Do anything you ask me to (Ask me to)

Can’t help myself

I want you and nobody else (Uuh)

Sugar pie, honey bunch (Sugar pie, honey bunch)

You know that I love you (Love you)

I can’t help myself

No, I can’t help myself (Uuh)

Sugar pie, honey bunch (Sugar pie, honey bunch)

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2 Comments

  1. JAMES HIETER

    Love the song

    Reply
  2. DEF

    One of Motown’s BEST 👍

    Appreciate the Tops!

    Reply

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