You Beat Me to the Punch

Album: The One Who Really Loves You (1962)
Charted: 9
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  • That day, I first saw you passing by
    I wanted, to ask your name but I...was much too shy
    But I was looking at you so hard
    That you must have had a hunch.
    So you came up to me and asked me my name.

    You beat me to the punch
    That time
    You beat me to the punch
    Yes you did.

    After, I had known you for what seems like a long, long time
    I wanted, wanted to ask you would you please, please be mine
    Whenever you came around, my heart would pound
    So you must have had a hunch.
    So you came up to me and asked me to be yours.

    You beat me to the punch
    One more time
    You beat me to the punch
    Yes you did.

    Since I loved you
    I thought you would be true
    And love me tender
    So I let my heart surrender
    To you, yes I did.

    But I found out
    Beyond a doubt
    One day, boy
    You were a playboy
    Who would go away and leave me

    So I ain't gonna wait around for you to put me down
    This time I'm gonna play my hunch
    And walk away this very day.
    And beat you to the punch
    Yes I will
    I'll beat you to the punch
    This time.

Comments: 4

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaElmer you can thank the late James Jamerson for that DEEP bass.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 27th 1962, Mary Wells performed "You Beat Me to the Punch" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #11 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; a week earlier it had been at #9 {for 1 week}, and that was also its peak position on the chart...
    And on September 16th, 1962 it reached #1 {for 1 week} on Billboard's R&B Singles chart; it was preceded and then succeeded at #1 on the R&B Singles chart by "Green Onions" by Booker T. and the MG's...
    Between 1961 and 1968 she had twenty-three songs on the Top 100 chart; four made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "My Guy" for two weeks in 1964...
    Sadly, Mary Wells passed away on July 26th, 1992 at the young age of 49...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Elmer from Westville, OkMan, this Mary Wells hit really had a big beat to it! I remember it in the fall of 1962 & sounded super on jukeboxes because of the deep bass. Great song to do the mashed potato to. I became a Mary Wells fan on her big hit prior to this hit. It was "The One Who Really Loves You" from spring 1962. But it was "You Beat Me to the Punch" that got to #1 in my area of eastern Oklahoma. I believe it was #1 (pop) on KAAY-AM radio out of Little Rock, Arkansas that was popular with teens in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas at the time. It is a shame that Motown boss Berry Gordy felt he had to cheat and mistreat the late, great Mary Wells out of some of her stardom and financial means when she was still at Motown. Wells is truly "The Queen of Motown."
  • Barry from Sauquoit, Ny
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