"I Can"t Get Next to You" is a 1969 number-one single recorded by The Temptations and written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for the Gordy (Motown) label. The song was a number-one single on the Billboard Top Pop Singles chart for two weeks in 1969, from October 18 to October 25, replacing "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies and replaced by "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley. The single was also a number-one hit on the Billboard Top R&B Singles for five weeks, from October 4 to November 1, replacing "Oh, What a Night" by The Dells, and replaced by another Motown song, "Baby I"m For Real" by The Originals. The single was the second of the Temptations" four number-one hits on the United States pop charts, and was also one of the best-selling singles the group released. Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1969. The applause that starts the song, which is cut short by Dennis Edwards" spoken "Hold it, hold it, listen" line, was sampled in another Temptations song "Psychedelic Shack."more »
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ICan turn the gray sky blueI can make it rain, whenever I want it to, oh II can build a castle from a single grain of sandI can make a ship sail, on dry land tell "em yeahBut my life is incomplete and I"m so blue"Cause I can"t get next to youI can"t get next to you, babe (next to you)I can"t get next to you (I just can"t get next you)I can"t get next to you, babeI can"t get next to youICan fly like a bird in the skyHey, and I can buy anything that money can"t buyOh, II can turn a river into a raging fireI can live forever if I so desiredUnimportant are all the things I can do"Cause I can"t get next to youI can"t get next to you, babe (no matter what I do)I can"t get next to youUh-yaOoo-oooOoo-oooChica boom, chica boomChica boom, boom, boomI can turn back the hands of time, you better believe I canI can make the seasons change, just by waving my handOh, II can change anything from old to newThe things I want to do the most, I"m unable to doUnhappy am I with all the powers I possess"Cause girl you"re the key to my happinessAnd ICan"t get next to youGirl, you"re blowing my mind "cause I can"t get (next to you)Can"t you see these tears I"m crying? I can"t get (next to you)Girl, it"s you that I need, I gotta get (next to you)Can"t you see these tears I"m crying? I can"t get (next to you)I, I, I, I, I can"t get (next to you)I, I, I, I, I can"t get (next to you)Girl, you"re blowing my mind
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The Temptations The Temptations are an American vocal group known for their success in the 60s and 70s at Motown Records. The group"s repertoire has included, during its five-decade career, R&B, doo-wop, funk, disco, soul, and adult contemporary music.
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Known for their recognizable choreography, distinct harmonies, and flashy onstage suits, the Temptations have been said to be as influential to soul as The Beatles are to pop and rock. more »