Jimmy Ruffin What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

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Jimmy Ruffin What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

Jimmy Ruffin What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

Soul Music

This song about the heartbreak of losing a loved one was written by William Weatherspoon, Paul Riser, and James Dean. The ballad was originally meant for The Spinners, but Jimmy Ruffin persuaded them to let him do the song. Instrumentation was provided by the fabulous Motown session musicians The Funk Brothers. Background vocals were done by The Originals (Freddie Gorman, Walter Gaines, C.P. Spencer and Hank Dixon)) and The Andantes (Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow, and Louvain Demps).

In 1966, the song was an international hit, going to #6 on the U.S. R&B Chart, #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #9 on Cash Box, #8 in the U.K., #2 in France, and #18 in Canada. It is considered to be one of the classic songs with the Motown sound. There have been numerous covers, including versions by The Supremes, Chris Farlow, Baby Washington, Rid Stewart, Martina McBridge, Westlife, and Boy George, just to mention a few.

Jimmy Ruffin was the older brother of David Ruffin of The Temptations. Jimmy had auditioned for The Temptations, but they chose David. However, Jimmy had his own success in the music business in the U.S. and the U.K, not only with “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” but with ten other charting singles, including “Hold On to My Love.”

Here are the lyrics:

As I walk this land of broken dreams,
I have visions of many things.
But happiness is just an illusion,
Filled with sadness and confusion.
What becomes of the brokenhearted
Who had love that’s now departed?
I know I’ve got to find
Some kind of peace of mind
Maybe.
The roots of love grow all around
But for me they come a tumblin’ down.
Every day heartaches grow a little stronger,
I can’t stand this pain much longer!
I walk in shadows,
Searching for light.
Cold and alone,
No comfort in sight.
Hoping and praying for someone who care,
Always moving and goin’ nowhere.
What becomes of the brokenhearted
Who had love that’s now departed?
I know I’ve got to find,
Some kind of peace of mind.
Help me..
I’m searching though I don’t succeed,
For someone’s love, there’s a growing need.
All is lost, there’s no place for beginning,
All that’s left is an unhappy ending.
Now what becomes of the brokenhearted
Who had love that’s now departed?
I know I’ve got to find,
Some kind of peace of mind,
I’ll be searching everywhere,
Just to find someone to care.
I’ll be looking everyday,
I know I’m gonna find a way.
Nothing’s gonna stop me now,
I’ll find a way somehow.
I’ll be searching everywhere…

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