"Bernadette" as written by Lamont Herbert Dozier, Edward Holland and Brian Holland....
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

You're the soul of me
On that dream, you're a ? to me
And Bernadette, you mean more to me
Than a woman was ever meant to be

Lyrics submitted by vtmatt

"Bernadette" as written by Edward Holland Brian Holland

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    General Commentholy crap! levi stubbs is soooooooooo emo! one of my favorite hdh songs with a classic james jamerson bass groove. as for the lyrics, does anyone else think the narrator's not nearly as different from the men who long to control bernadette as he thinks? he's making a case, and i just don't buy it. stubbs is singing like he's about to pop a jugular with lyrics about these "other men" who can't control themselves. irony aside, no one else is reading this, i'm sure, but vtmatt thanks for the lyrics. one of the classic songs.
    blackbrysonon February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCan anyone manage to time the "Bernadette" right after the pause towards the end when singing along. I've been trying for 15 years and have only done it once.
    Ramsbottomon August 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is what it is, a classic love song. The lyrics are from a different time era, but that doesn't stop the time-tested meaning of the song. So much of what is released today lacks the intensity that songs like this bring across. This is one of my favorites from this era.
    UVon August 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is my favorite of the "Motown" sound! It truly is monumentally fun and insanely powerful.

    Stubbs is passionate and I like the comparison that blackbryson makes between him and the "ohter men" in the song that he is denouncing. Heck, Stubbs sings that he needs Bernadette to live!

    Though, I think that he truly is in love with Bernadette and that she reciprocates that love with him. He is just on such a high and needs to vent his frustrations from the fact that not only is this Bernadette beautiful to look at, she is also beautiful in other ways to behold. It sounds like that she is the perfect woman!

    Aside from the meaning of this song, the singing arrangement is superb. The backup sound gives the song another level that is without equal. It drives the listener to epic heights with such a melancholly flavor. At the end of each verse, the backup singers seem to underlie what Stubbs is feeling when they go into their crazy wail.

    Example: When he sings "...never find the love I've found in you." the backup singers go crazy with a high-pitched wail which would signify the climax to the sentiment that he is feeling. It happens again when he sings "...I need you to live."

    Man, what a great song.
    Hawkgoldon August 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfuck emo~! don't even say emo in the breath of a four tops song because emo donkey balls compared to this music which is real as compared to that wacked out scenester music.
    floydian18on July 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song...it's so great!!
    though...i really don't connect the word emo with four tops.
    awww...i love the four tops.
    SO great. why don't we listen to any of this stuff anymore? i wish my generation did more...the oldies rock!
    severalwayson September 16, 2007   Link

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