Barbara Mason Yes I’m Ready

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Barbara Mason Yes I’m Ready

Barbara Mason Yes I'm Ready

Soul Music

This song was written and recorded by soul/R&B singer Barbara Mason. It was her first big hit and went to #2 on the U.S. Billboard R&B Chart and #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1965. It was released as a single and on her album Yes, I’m Ready. She also re-recorded it for her 1973 album Give Me Your Love. During this time, the British Invasion was happening, but America also had the sounds of soul growing strong. Personnel for the recording of “Yes, I’m Ready”  included those who became big in the “Philly Sound.” This includes Kenny Gamble, who was a backup singer on the track and later worked with Leon A. Guff to produce many gold singles and albums with their Philadelphia International Records label. Also on the track were Bobby Eli and Norman Harris on guitar, Ronnie Baker on bass, and Earl Young on drums.  They were part of the  MFSB  studio musicians based in Philadelphia, who worked closely with Gamble and Huff.

Barbara Mason was born in Philadelphia and began writing and performing in while still in her teens. She also had success with “Sad, Sad Girl,” “Oh How it Hurts,” Bed and Board,” and “Give Me Your Love.” She began her own publishing company in the late 1980s and continued to perform.

Here are the lyrics to “Yes, I’m Ready”:

” [Male backups:] (Are you ready?)
[Female backups:] [Yes I’m ready]
[Male backups:] (Are you ready?)
[Female backups:] [Yes I’m ready]

I don’t even know how to love you
Just the way you want me to
But I’m ready [ready] to learn (to learn)
Yes, I’m ready [ready] to learn (to learn)
To fall in love, to fall in love, to fall in love with you

I don’t even know how to hold your hand
Just to make you understand
But I’m ready [ready] to learn (to learn)
Yes, I’m ready [ready] to learn (to learn)
To hold your hand, make you understand
To hold your hand right now

I don’t even know how to kiss your lips (kiss your lips)
At a moment like this
But I’m going to learn how to do
All the things you want me to
(Are you ready?) Yes, I’m ready
(Are you ready?) Yes, I’m ready
To fall in love, to fall in love, to fall in love right now

(Are you ready?) Yes, I’m ready
(Are you ready?) Yes, I’m ready
(To kiss me?) Yes, I’m ready
(To love me?)
To kiss you, love you, and hug you
Baby, I’m ready”

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