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Song Lyric Sunday – Love Hangover

The prompt from Jim:

Our theme this week is Delightful, Pleasant, Sweet suggested by Paula Light of Light Motifs II.


The 70s were all about Disco in America, but Motown was slow to move into the Disco arena. Several online sources make the statement that “Love Hangover” was the first Motown Disco hit. Written by Marilyn McLeod and Pamela Sawyer, Diana Ross recorded the song in 1975 and it was released in 1976. But there is more to the story.

When I find multiple sources that are almost identical in nature, it is hard to know who the original source is for the information, so I selected the source that seemed to be the most reliable. This quote comes from an online article by Sterogum journalist and senior editor Tom Breihan:

In the J. Randy Taraborelli biography Diana, Davis says, “Nobody really liked disco here at Motown… [Ross] was used to singing more lush songs by producers like Michael Masser, and the public sort of identified her with arrangements like ‘Touch Me In The Morning.’ She liked the lyric to ‘Love Hangover,’ but people thought I was a little off for even suggesting that Diana do this song.” So Davis figured out how to make the conditions right. He recorded her at night, served her vodka, and brought red lights and strobes into the studio. And he pretty much got Ross to do whatever she wanted, whatever felt right. So when “Love Hangover” really kicks in, it hits like a drug.“

Breihan, Tom. “The Number Ones: Diana Ross’ ‘Love Hangover.’” Stereogum.com, Stereo Gum Media, 5 Sept. 2019, 9:54 am, http://www.stereogum.com/2057118/the-number-ones-diana-ross-love-hangover/columns/the-number-ones/

There is something somewhat disturbing about the methods they used – specifically the alcohol – but there is no doubt the recording produced a hit song. This was Diana Ross’ take on the recording according to this quote from Songfacts.com so maybe I read more into it than existed:

Ross’ thoughts on the recording session are noted in the 2007 biography Diana by J. Randy Taraborrelli: “It was a spontaneous thing that we captured on record and if I had to go back in and do it again, I couldn’t have. The music was me and I was the music. Things came out of my mouth that I didn’t even expect.”

The Fifth Dimension also recorded and released this as a single.  Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. left the Fifth Dimension in 1975 so their vocals are absent from this recording. I read in several places that Diana Ross’ recording was only released on single as a result of the Fifth Dimension release (which only reached #80 on the charts while Ross’ single reached #1.)

I have included both videos so you can decide which one you prefer.

Love Hangover
Lyrics from songfacts.com

If there’s a cure for this
I don’t want it
I don’t want it
If there’s a remedy
I’ll run from it
From it

Think about it all the time
Never let it out of my mind
‘Cause I love you

I’ve got the sweetest hangover
I don’t wanna get over
Sweetest hangover

Yeah, I don’t wanna get over
I don’t wanna get
I don’t wanna get over

Ooh, I don’t need no cure
I don’t need no cure
I don’t need no cure

Sweet lovin’
Sweet, sweet love
Sweet, sweet love
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet love

Don’t call a doctor (sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet)
Don’t call her momma
Don’t call her preacher (love)

No, I don’t need it
I don’t want it

Sweet love, I love you
Sweet love, need love

If there’s a cure for this
I don’t want it
I don’t want it no, no
I don’t want it
If there’s a cure for this
I don’t need it
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet love
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet love
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet love
Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet love


Song Lyric Sunday is hosted every Sunday by Jim Adams. If you would like to join in the fun, check out his blog for the rules and to take in all the other music posted by other blogger

20 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – Love Hangover”

  1. I can combine ‘Sweet’ with love, and offer this classic voice that is so pure.

    Lyrics
    With all my heart, I love you baby
    Stay with me and you will see my arms will hold you, baby
    Never leave, ’cause I believe I’m in love
    Sweet love, hear me callin’ out your name
    I feel no shame, I’m in love
    Sweet love, don’t you ever go away
    It’ll always be this way
    Your heart has called me closer to you
    I will be all that you need
    Just trust in what we’re feeling
    Never leave, ’cause baby, I believe
    In this love
    Sweet love, hear me callin’ out your name
    I feel no shame, I’m in love
    Sweet love, don’t you ever go away
    It’ll always be this way
    There’s no stronger love in this world (no stronger love)
    Oh, baby, no (no stronger love)
    You’re my man, I’m your girl
    I’ll never go, wait and see, can’t be wrong
    Don’t you know this is where you belong?
    How sweet this dream, how lovely, baby
    Stay right here, never fear
    I will be all that you need
    Never leave, ’cause baby, I believe
    In this love
    Sweet love, hear me callin’ out your name
    I feel no shame, I’m in love
    Sweet love, don’t you ever go away
    It’ll always be this way
    oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
    (Sweet love) oh
    So sweet
    So sweet
    So sweet oh, oh, love
    (Sweet love) yeah, oh love
    Oh baby no, sweeter love
    (Sweet love) oh sweeter love
    Oh no, no, no, no, no, no, no no, no
    (Sweet love) don’t nobody know
    Don’t nobody know how sweet it is
    (Sweet love) how sweet it is
    Love me sweetly, baby
    Just leave me sweetly, baby
    (Sweet love)
    Don’t nobody know
    Source: LyricFind
    Songwriters: Gary Bias / Anita Baker / Louis A. Johnson
    Sweet Love lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I remember the Diana Ross version Maggie, but this is my first time hearing the Fifth Dimension version. Fifth Dimension is going to be doing a show in Oct or Nov right in the town that I live in.

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    1. I always liked the Fifth Dimension, but after the power duo left, I’m not sure they had much success. It is always I interesting to compare versions of a song. It’s hard to beat a voice like Diana Ross.

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  3. Diana’s disco period was not a good one for her. You have to give her credit for trying it, but really it wasn’t for her, kind of like Frank Sinatra’s bossa nova period. The 5th Dimension sounds great doing this, and I wish theirs had been the single.

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    1. From what I read, John, Berry Gordy was not going to let that happen. Diana’s version was only released on her album up until the Fifth Dimension released their recording. I think if Marilyn McCoo had still been on board it would have had a better chance of climbing the charts. I love Diana’s voice, but this was out ot character for her. Donna Summer was the Disco Queen but I am not sure of her relationship with Motown.

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