(They Just Can't Stop It The) Games People Play

Album: Pick Of The Litter (1975)
Charted: 5
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  • Can't get no rest, don't know how I work all day
    When will I learn memories get in the way
    I walk around, I can't hear a sound, folks talkin' loud
    But I don't see at all
    I gotta get away, gotta get away, I don't

    (Know where to go, it's hopeless so
    I guess I'll leave it alone)

    Well I spent all the day fixin' up to go somewhere
    Thought I was late, and I found she wasn't there
    I guess I'll find love, peace of mind, some other time
    But I still have today
    I gotta get away, gotta get away, I don't

    (Know where to go, it's hopeless so
    I guess I'll leave it alone)

    Games people play, night or day they're just not matchin'
    What they should do, keeps me feelin' blue
    Been down too long, right, wrong, I just can't stop it
    Spendin' all day thinking just of you

    (Twelve forty-five) headed for the subway home
    (I took my time) 'cause I felt so all alone
    (Not far away) I heard a funny sound, took a look around
    And then I (could see her face)
    Smilin' as she came, callin' out my name, so I

    (Know where to go, we'll take it slow
    I guess I'll call it a day)

    Games people play, night or day they're just not matchin'
    What they should do, keeps me feelin' blue
    Been down too long, right, wrong, I just can't stop it
    Spendin' all day thinking just of you

    Games people play, night or day they're just not matchin'
    What they should do, keeps me feelin' blue

Comments: 5

  • Jonny Beck from Koreatown, Los AngelesLove singing Pervis' line (which I can barely get down to) and then singing the 'answer' lines...
    Really one of my all time favorite songs.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 23rd 1976, the Spinners performed "They Just Can't Stop It The (Games People Play)" on the NBC-TV program 'The Midnight Special', they were also the show's host...
    Almost one year earlier on August 3rd, 1975 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #82; and on October 19th, 1975 it peaked at #5 (for 2 weeks) and spent 18 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on October 12th, 1975 it reached #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    It peaked at #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Between 1961 and 1983 the quintet had twenty-nine Top 100 records, six made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Then Came You" (a duet with Dionne Warwick) for 1 week on October 20th, 1974.
  • Bill from Pensacola, FlI just saw The Spinners appearance on an old Soul Train episode, and when they "sang" Games People Play, Ms. Barbara Ingram couldn't make it,
    so one of them just lip synched her part! And the camera focused on it each time. It was so funny looking.
  • T from Boondocks, ArPervis Jackson got the nickname, "12:45" based on his famous opening line of his solo in the song.
  • Camille from Toronto, OhFabulous, classic song, fabulous voices, every single one of them.....bass singer Pervis Jackson's deep deep voice makes the tune very memorable!!!!
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