"To Be A Lover" as written by William Bell and Booker T. Jr. Jones....
Have I told you
Lately that I love you
If I didn't, darlin',
You see, I'm so sorry.
Didn't I reach out
And hold you
In these lovin' arms
Well, if I didn't, oh baby.
Well, I'm so sorry

[Chorus]
When I realized that you need love too,
Gonna spend my life makin' love to you.
Got to be a lover.
Have mercy.

Forgot to be a lover, babe. (Have mercy)
Forgot to be a lover. (Have mercy)
Forgot to be a lover.
Make it on through to you somehow. (have mercy, baby)
Got to be a lover, babe (Forgot to be a lover)
Woo! Woo!

Well, did I ask you
Yes would you come and share
Oh, share
Oh, the burden and the task
That's at love's command
Didn't I say
All those lovin' special things
That you long to hear
To show how much I care

[Chorus]

Well, well, I worked all day
Hard as I can,
Worked all night, didn't make me a man.
(Forgot to be a lover)
Have mercy, Oo,

When I realized
That you need love too,
Gonna spend my life
Makin' love to you. (Forgot to be a lover)
Got to be a lover, babe.
Oh, mercy (Have mercy)
Have mercy, baby. (Have mercy, baby)

I'm gonna make it on through
To you somehow,
So have mercy. (Have mercy. Have mercy, baby)

Have I told you,
Yes, lately that I love you
If I didn't, oh baby,
Yes, I'm so sorry.
Ah, but you know I really love you, baby. (Love you baby)
I really love you baby (Love you baby)
I really need you baby (Need you baby)
I really want you baby (Want you baby)

When I realized,
That you need love too,
I'm gonna spend my life
Makin' love,
Makin' love,
Makin' love to you.
Well, I worked all day
As hard as I can
Worked all night,
It didn't make me a man, babe.
(Forgot to be a lover) (Have mercy)
Oh, have mercy baby (Have mercy)
Have mercy baby (Have mercy)
Oh, have mercy baby (Have mercy baby)
Oh, make it on through.

Well, when I realized that you need love too,
I'm gonna spend my life
Gotta spend my life makin' love to you.
(got, got to be a lover, have mercy, forgot to be a lover)


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"To Be a Lover" as written by William Bell Booker T. Jr. Jones

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    General CommentI don't even know what year this is from, but it is a song that makes you want to move. Even if I hear it while driving I am dancing to it. Billy sounds like he is at church singing a testimony (Have mercy!)
    LaurelGon October 12, 2011   Link

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