In the tale of this song, the woman's lover (the title role) left her a long time ago "to ease [his] mind" and needed "just a little time." After he hasn't communicated with her for all that time during the separation, the woman decides to end their relationship because "you've been gone too long."
Unlike the majority of The Supremes' hits, all three members sing the lead vocals together on this track, rather than one member singing lead while the other two back her up.
A version by the British group Bananarama reached #15 in the UK and #22 in New Zealand in 1988.
Suggestion credit: Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for all above
Babbling Babette from Tulsa Ok"Nathan Jones" was a very cool hit for The Supremes in '71. I loved the alternating lead vocals & the overall bouncey feel it had. I played the heck out of this single until the grooves wore out. haa! By this time, I definitely was not a fan of their boss, Berry Gordy Jr. for his non-support and all around rotten underhanded tactics toward nearly all of his Motown acts. Still, The Supremes remained on the charts pleasing their many fans.
John from Nashville, TnA step forward for the Supremes. Although "You Keep Me Hanging On" has the girls throwing a man out of their lives, there seems to be some heartbreak and regret in their delivery. On this song, the girls definitely don't want to see the man riding or walking.
Kristin from Bessemer, AlLove the techno-pop vocals on this one.
Eddie Vedder often changes the words when he sings "Yellow Ledbetter." The basic story is about a guy whose brother dies in the first Gulf War. Apparently, bad news in the army is given in yellow envelopes.