About The Song

Ah, You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. Now that’s a song that takes you back, doesn’t it? Released in 1962, it wasn’t just a hit single that climbed the Billboard charts – it was a landmark recording that helped solidify the sound and style of a burgeoning genre: Motown.

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Smokey Robinson, the Miracles’ lead singer and the song’s writer, was just 22 years old at the time. Yet, with You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me, he crafted a masterpiece of youthful passion and vulnerability. Robinson, known for his distinctive, emotive tenor, poured his heart out in this song, describing the intoxicating power of new love.

The track opens with a now-iconic drumbeat – a four-on-the-floor pattern that became a signature of Motown recordings. This is then layered with a handclap percussion that adds a delightful bounce and a sense of youthful urgency. Robinson’s vocals soar above it all, pleading with an unnamed lover about the all-encompassing grip they have on his emotions. The lyrics are simple yet powerful, using metaphors and similes to paint a vivid picture of his infatuation. Lines like “I’m like a puppet on a string” and “You done moved mountains, you done moved a crowd” capture the feeling of being completely swept off your feet.

But You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me isn’t just about blind adoration. There’s a touch of desperation woven into the lyrics as well. Robinson questions his own sanity, wondering if this all-consuming love is healthy or even real. Lines like “I don’t know what you’ve got, but it’s got me goin'” and “I don’t know if I’m coming or I’m going” hint at a slight undercurrent of fear alongside the excitement.

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This beautiful tension between euphoria and trepidation is what makes the song so relatable. Everyone who’s ever been head-over-heels in love can identify with Robinson’s raw emotions. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me became an anthem for young love, capturing the intoxicating mix of joy, confusion, and vulnerability that comes with it.

The song’s success transcended age and genre. It reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 2 on the Billboard R&B chart, solidifying The Miracles’ place as Motown stars. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me has also been covered by countless artists over the years, from The Beatles to Stevie Wonder, a testament to its enduring appeal. In 1998, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a well-deserved recognition for a song that continues to resonate with listeners of all generations.

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Lyric

“You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me”

I don’t like you
But I love you
Seems that I’m always
Thinking of you
Oh, oh, oh
You treat me badly
I love you madly
You’ve really got a hold on me
(You’ve really got a hold on me)
You’ve really got a hold on me
(You’ve really got a hold on me)
Baby

I don’t want you
But I need you
Don’t want to kiss you
But I need to
Oh, oh, oh
You do me wrong now
My love is strong now
You’ve really got a hold on me
(You’ve really got a hold on me)
You’ve really got a hold on me
(You’ve really got a hold on me)
Baby

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I love you and all I want you to do
Is just hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me
Tighter
Tighter

I want to leave you
Don’t want to stay here
Don’t want to spend
Another day here
Oh, oh, oh, I want to split now
I can’t quit now
You’ve really got a hold on me
(You’ve really got a hold on me)
You’ve really got a hold on me
(You’ve really got a hold on me)
Baby

I love you and all I want you to do
Is just hold me (please)
Hold me (squeeze)
Hold me, hold me

You’ve really got a hold on me
(You’ve really got a hold on me)
I said you’ve really got a hold on me
(I said you’ve really got a hold on me)
You know you’ve really got hold on me
(You know you’ve really got a hold on me)