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The Supremes Come See About Me

The Supremes Come See About Me

Motown

The song was written by the Motown songwriting and production team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland. On the track are Diana Ross (lead vocals), Florence Ballard (background vocals), and Mary Wilson (background vocals). The instrumentation was provided by the fabulous Funk Brothers, who were the Motwon session musicians. The song was released as a single in 1964 and on The Supremes’ 1964 album Where Did Our Love Go.

In 1964 and into 1965, the song was an international hit. It went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and U.S. Cash Box Singles, #3 on the U.S. Cash Box R&B Singles, and #25 in the U.K.  Soon after Christmas in 1964, The Supremes made their debut appearance and performed “Come See About Me” on The Ed Sullivan Show.  They were very successful and eventually appeared 19 more times on the program, which is more than any other pop act. The Supremes also recorded a German version of this song caled “Johnny und Joe.” They included this version on their 1965 album Motown Around the World.

“Come See About Me” has been covered by numerous artists. These include Junior Walker & The All Stars, Neil Sedaka, Martin McBride, Soul Stirrers, Shakin’ Stevens The Afghan Whigs, Freda Payne (whose sister Scherrie Payne became a member of The Supremes in 1973).

Here are the lyrics to “Come See About Me” by The Supremes:

I’ve been cryin’
‘Cause I’m lonely (for you)
Smiles have all turned to tears
But tears won’t wash away the fears
That you’re never ever gonna return
To ease the fire that within me burns

It keeps me cryin’ baby for you
Keeps me sighin’ baby for you
So won’t you hurry
Come on boy, see about me
(Come see about me)
See about your baby

(Come see about me)

I’ve given up my friends just for you
My friends are gone
And you have too
No peace shall I find
Until you come back
And be mine
No matter what you do or say
I’m gonna love you anyway

Keep on crying’baby for you
I’m gonna keep sighin’ baby for you
So come on hurry
Come on and see about me
(Come see about me)
See about you baby

(Come see about me)

Sometime’s up
Sometime’s down
My life’s so uncertain
With you not around
From my arms you may be out of reach
But my heart says you’re here to keep

Keeps me cryin’ baby for you
Keep on, keep on cryin’ baby for you
So won’t you hurry
Come on boy, see about me

(Come see about me)
See about you baby

(Come see about me)
You know I’m so lonely

(Come see about me)
I love you only

(Come see about me)
See about your baby

(Come see about me)
Hurry, hurry

For other songs by The Supremes: “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Baby Love,” and “Stop in the Name of Love.”

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