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Stop In the Name of Love
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Stop In the Name of Love

The Supremes
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Song Meaning and Background of Stop! In The Name of Love by The Supremes


Lamont Dozier of Motown’s famed Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team came up with the idea for “Stop! In the Name of Love” after his girlfriend at the time caught him cheating in a motel: “This particular girl was very headstrong,” he recalled.


“So we got into an argument. She started swinging, missed me, hit the floor.


And I laughed and said, ‘Please stop! Stop in the name of love.’”


The silliness of the moment stopped the fight, and immediately struck Dozier as song material, and after affixing it to a killer Brian Holland hook, it became the Supremes’ fourth of five straight Number Ones.


"Stop! In the Name of Love" is a 1965 song recorded by the Supremes for the Motown label.


Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, "Stop! In the Name of Love" held the number 1 position on the Billboard pop singles chart in the United States from March 27, 1965, through April 3, 1965


Lyrics of Stop! In The Name of Love by The Supremes


Stop! In the name of love

Before you break my heart

 

Baby baby, I'm aware of where you go

Each time you leave my door

I watch you walk down the street

Knowing your other love you'll meet

 

But this time before you run to her

Leaving me alone and hurt

(Think it over)

After I've been good to you?

(Think it over)

After I've been sweet to you?

 

Stop! In the name of love

Before you break my heart

Stop! In the name of love

Before you break my heart

Think it over

Think it over

 

I've known of your, your secluded nights

I've even seen her, maybe once or twice

But is her sweet expression

Worth more than my love and affection?

 

This time before you leave my arms

And rush off to her charms

(Think it over)

Haven't I been good to you?

(Think it over)

Haven't I been sweet to you?

 

Stop! In the name of love

Before you break my heart

Stop! In the name of love

Before you break my heart

Think it over

Think it over

 

I've tried so hard, hard to be patient

Hoping you'll stop this infatuation

But each time you are together

I'm so afraid I'll be losing you forever

 

Stop! In the name of love

Before you break my heart (Baby, think it over)

Stop! In the name of love (Think it over, baby)

Before you break my heart (Ooh, think it over, baby)

 

Stop! ...

Release Date

1965

Songwriter/s

Holland–Dozier–Holland

Producer/s

Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier

Label/s

Motown

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