TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO by Tevin Campbell

October 18, 2022

Today’s song of the day is an American R&B and soul song, “Tell Me What You Want Me to Do” by Tevin Campbell.

Fun Facts:

  • “Tell Me What You Want Me to Do” was written by Tevin Campbell, Sally Jo Dakota, and Narada Michael Walden and produced by Narada Michael Walden, a notable singer-songwriter.
  • The song was included on Campbell’s first full-length studio album, T.E.V.I.N., released in 1991.
  • Three singles were released from the album, with “Tell Me What You Want Me to Do” being the most commercially successful. In fact, the song remains Campbell’s biggest hit to date!
  • The track peaked at number six on Billboard’s Hot 100 and claimed the number one spot on the US R&B Singles chart for one week.
  • Tevin Campbell is notable for his wide vocal range. The singer’s performance of “Tell Me What You Want Me to Do” impressively spans four octaves.
  • The single and Campbell’s debut album were both released by Qwest Records, an American record label founded by Quincy Jones.
  • Along with performing commercially well in the United States, the track also experienced international popularity. In the year of its release, 1991, the song charted in the UK, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
  • Campbell has earned five Grammy award nominations and has sold 6 million sales. 

Lyrics 

Ooh, oooh, ooh baby, yeah yeah

I love you girl

You called me up and I came to see you

You say you’ve been awake all night

It hurts me deep inside when I see you crying

Whatever’s wrong, I’ll make it right

If you understand how I feel

Oooh, you should know that my love is real, oh

Tell me what you want me to do

My love is always here for you

So tell me what you want me to do (Tell me girl)

There were times that I didn’t show it

Just how much I care for you, I’m so sorry

Now don’t keep sayin’, it’s too late to think it over baby

After all that we’ve been through, oh, oh

Girl, I’m beggin’ you, I’m down on my knees

Don’t walk away, baby please don’t leave me now

Tell me what you want me to do

My love is always here for you, oh

Tell me what you want me to do, oh

My love is always here for you

So tell me what you want me to do

Oh baby yeah

Girl I know, that we can work it out somehow

Isn’t that what love’s all about

I’m gonna be by your side, we’re gonna see it through this time

I won’t let you slip away, say you’ll stay with me

Stay with me girl

‘Cause you’re the finest girl that I’ve ever seen

Tell me, tell me what you want me to do, baby

My love is always here for you and only you, oh

Tell me what you want me to do

My love is always here for you

So tell me what you want me to do, oooh, oooh, yeah

Tell me girl

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