Bernadette

Album: Reach Out (1967)
Charted: 8 4
  • Bernadette, people are searchin' for the kind of love that we possess.
    Some go on searchin' their whole life through
    and never find the love I've found in you.
    And when I speak of you I see envy in other men's eyes,
    and I'm well aware of what's on their minds.
    They pretend to be my friend,
    when all the time they long to persuade you from my side.
    They'd give the world and all they own for just one moment we have known.

    Bernadette, they want you because of the pride that gives,
    But Bernadette, I want you because I need you to live.
    But while I live only to hold you some other men,
    they long to control you
    But how can they control you Bernadette,
    when they can not control themselves,Bernadette,
    from wanting you, needing you
    but darling, you belong to me.

    I'll tell the world you belong to me,
    I'll tell the world, you're the soul of me,
    I'll tell the world you're a part of me.
    In your arms I find the kind of peace of mind the world is searching for,
    But you, you give me the joy this heart of mine has always been longing for.
    In you I have what other men long for.
    All men need someone to worship and adore,
    that's why I treasure you and place you high above,
    for the only joy in life is to be loved.
    So whatever you do,
    Bernadette, keep on loving me, Bernadette, keep on needing me Bernadette.

    Bernadette you belong to me,
    I'll tell the world, you're the soul of me,

Comments: 2

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 19th 1967, the Four Tops performed "Bernadette" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    Two weeks later on March 5th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #65; and on April 2nd it peaked at #4 (for 2 weeks) and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 5 of those 10 weeks is was on the Top 10)...
    It reached #3 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    On the Sullivan show it was performed as a medley with their two Top 100 #1 records; "Reach Out, I'll Be There," (for 2 weeks) and "I Can't Help Myself" (for 2 weeks)...
    (Personal note: When I first heard it on the radio I thought the title was "Burnt To Death").
  • Bill from Pensacola, FlThis is the song that shows what a powerhouse Levi Stubbs was. The climax of this song brings shivers.
    This group of course had litterly dozens of great songs. This is my favorite.
    I got to see Levi and the group perform this song and all their hits.
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