It's A Shame

Album: Second Time Around (1970)
Charted: 20 14
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  • It's a shame, the way you mess around with your man
    It's a shame the way you hurt me
    It's a shame, the way you mess around with your man
    I'm sitting all alone, by my telephone
    Waiting for your call, when you don't call at all

    It's a shame (shame) the way you mess around with your man
    It's a shame (shame) the way you play with my emotions
    It's a shame (shame) the way you mess around with your man
    You're like a child at play, on a sunny day
    But you play with love, and then you throw it away

    (Why do you use me, try to confuse me
    How can you stand, to be so cruel
    Why don't you free me, from this prison
    Where I serve my time as your fool)

    It's a shame (shame) the way you mess around with your man
    It's a shame (shame) the way you hurt me
    It's a shame (shame) the way you mess around with your man
    I try to stay with you, show you love so true
    But you won't appreciate, the love we try to make

    Oh, it's got to be a shame

    Why do you use me, try to confuse me
    How can you stand, to be so cruel
    Why don't you free me, from this prison
    Where I serve my time as your fool

    Got to be a shame (shame) the way you mess around with your man
    Oh, it's a shame (shame) the way you hurt me
    It's a shame (shame) babe babe, the way you mess with your man
    You've got my heart in chains, and I must complain
    And I just can't be confined, oh look my ooh my

    So gotta be a shame
    The way it hurt me eh eh

Comments: 16

  • Luca.sDid Beverly Dewitt Yancey have any contribution to the writing of this song?
  • Tom H from Oxford I don’t think it’s fair to say Phillipe sang most of the leads. Bobby Smith probably sang more leads and he and Phillipe sometimes shared lead vocals. They had similar voices in parts of their respective ranges and I’d say Bobby was more mistaken for Phillipe than the other way around. Bobby was a great singer…as was Phillipe. Check out the big Atlantic hits on YouTube and you’ll see who sang what. There’s also a good Spinners documentary on there
  • Karen from 99082It's a shame... to have too much swag... - Karen B. Smith
  • Darryl Smith from 63301I understand that Stevie Wonder played the bass on this song . Am I right.
  • Arvis L Perry from Detroit, MiI remember hearing "It's a shame" in 69 while living in Chicago. Was it possibly released early there?
  • Mr.horton from Memphis TnMan that Stevie Wonder a genius way ahead of his time I salute you sir
  • Richard Murphy from NewyorkI have heard a lot of singers that have sang this number but not steve wonder
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 3rd 1970, the Spinners performed "It's a Shame" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #15 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eight days later on October 11 it would peak at #14 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the chart for 15 weeks...
    It reached #4 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1961 and 1995 the Detroit quintet had twenty nine Top 100 records; six made the Top 10 with their two biggest hits both peaking at #2, "The Rubberband Man" for 3 weeks in 1976 and "Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl" for 2 weeks in 1980...
    And on Billboard's R&B Singles chart they had six #1 records between 1972 and 1976.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhOne more incredible song that doesn't get enough airplay on the radio these days. The opening guitar, such a distinct sound, the voices, the instrumentation with the horns blowing to emphasize the emotions; it's just great. I love listening to this on my ipod with my earbuds. Never knew Stevie Wonder wrote it, but can definitely hear his 'sound' come thru.
  • Jim from New York, NyThe group was actually always known simply as The Spinners in the US. They were billed as The Detroit Spinners only in the UK, as there already existed a British group called The Spinners at the time of their first release there.

    Jeremiah, according to Volume 10 of The Complete Motown Singles, James Jamerson is indeed playing the bass on this track. Other musicians include Dennis Coffey and Robert White on guitar, Jack Ashford on tambourine and Pistol Allen on the drums. (Although Stevie Wonder overdubbed a second drum part that he played himself after he couldn't quite get the rhythm he wanted out of Allen.)

    Annabelle, I don't know that Stevie Wonder ever recorded his own version of the song. If he did, it's still in the vaults somewhere!
  • Claire from Miller's, MdEven though I'm not big into Motown I absolutley LOVE this song:)
  • John from Nashville, TnWhen the Spinners left Motown for Atlantic, GC Cameron couldn't come along because he was signed to Motown as a solo act before he joined the Spinners.
  • Mark from Los Angeles, CaThis song may have been about his break up with Syreeta, however, Aisha's mother is Yolanda Simmons. Her name is actually in the lyric of "Isn't She Lovely"
    "Londi it could have not been done
    Without you who conceived the one"
  • Lisa from Long Island, NyI love the Spinners. This was a great song.
  • Jeremiah from Cebu, Otherim really interested if the bass player for this song is james jamerson. please answer me base on facts. d1stlove@yahoo.com- jeremiah from the philippines
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrI wonder if Stevie Wonder ever released a recording of this song. If so, where can I find it?
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