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You Keep Me Hangin' On
030 - Supremes - You Keep Me Hanging' On
single by The Supremes
B-side "Remove This Doubt"
Released 12 October 1966 (USA)
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Genre Pop, soul
Length 2:47 minutes
Label Motown M 1101
Producer(s) Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier
Simon Le Bon cover song

"You Keep Me Hangin' On" is a 1966 number-one hit song originally recorded by The Supremes for the Motown label. The song has been covered by Simon Le Bon in concert.

About the songEdit

Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland (H-D-H), the single is very-much rooted in proto-funk and rhythm and blues, compared to the Supremes' previous single, "You Can't Hurry Love, which utilizes the call and response elements akin to gospel. The song's signature guitar bassline originated from a Morse code-like radio signal heard by Lamont Dozier, who collaborated on the track.

The content of the lyrics suggests rejection with the girl telling her ex- boyfriend to get out of her life forever, after being used, even if he just wanted to be friends. The song begins with the words: "SET ME FREE, WHY DON'T YOU, BABE, / GET OUT OF MY LIFE, WHY DON'T YOU, BABE,/ YOU DON'T REALLY LOVE ME,/ YOU JUST KEEP ME HANGING ON"/. The song is noted for the angry spoken hook, after the second chorus: "AND THERE AIN'T NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT IT"

Simon Le Bon performed the song as part of "Stop Me" at the Smirnoff Experience Concert in Paris (France) on 2 July 2008, with Daniel Merriweather during Mark Ronson & the Version Players' set. A recording is available on the unofficial album Experience Paris.

Other related appearancesEdit

Albums:

Original personnelEdit

  • Lead vocals by Diana Ross
  • Backing vocals by Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson
  • Instrumentation by The Funk Brothers

LyricsEdit

Set me free why don't-cha baby

Get out my life why don't-cha baby

Cause' you don't really love me

You just keep me hangin' on

(ohh ohh)

You don't really need me

But you keep me hangin' on

Why do you keep on comin' around

Playing with my heart

Why don't you get out of my life

And let me make a new start

Let me get over you

The way you've gotten over me

(hey)

Set me free why don't-cha baby

Let me be why don't-cha baby

Cause' you don't really love me

You just keep me hangin' on

(ohh ohh)

No you don't really want me

You just keep me hangin' on

You say though we broke up

You still wanna be just friends

But how can we still be friends

When seeing you only breaks my heart again

And there ain't nothing I can do about it

(Whoa whoa whoa)

Set me free why don't-cha baby

Get out my life why don't-cha baby

You don't really love me

But just keep me hangin' on

You claim you still care for me

But your heart still needs to be free

Now that you've got your freedom

You wanna still hold on to me

You don't want me for all yourself

So let me find somebody yes

(hey hey)

Why don't-cha be a man about it

And set me free

Now, you don't care a thing about me

You just use me

(ohh ohh)

Go on, get out, get out of my life

And let me sleep at night, please

Cause you don't really love me

You just keep me hangin' on

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