The Way You Do the Things You Do

A classic brain-child song of Smokey Robinson’s. This song was written on the road, no less, as Smokey as his co-hort made light-hearted exchanges regarding pick-up lines.

The song became a 1964 hit by the Temptations. Written by Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers of the Miracles, while on the road as part of the Motortown Revue tour. The Temptations also had a number 1 hit with another one of Smokey’s song, My Girl.

In 1989 this song was covered by Red, Red Wine band UB40 in reggae style and rose to Top 5 hit in 1990. Their version of the song has been used on numerous movie sound tracks, starting with the 1990 Ridley Scott/Michael Douglas film Black Rain, and other more contemporary films such as Adam Sandler’s 50 First Dates.

The Way You Do the Things You Do – Robinson and Rogers, 1964

[D]You’ve got a smile so [A] bright

[D] You know you could’ve been a[A]  candle

[D] I’m holding you so [A] tight

[D] You know you could’ve been a [A] handle

[E] The way you swept me off my [D] feet

You know you could’ve been a[A] broom

[D] The way you smell so [A] sweet

[D] You know you could’ve been some [A] perfume

CHORUS

[A] Well ~ you could’ve [E] been anything             

That you [D] wanted to, and I can [E] tell

[D]The way you do the things you [A] do – Oh [D] yeah!

The way you do the things you [A] do

As pretty as you are, you know you could’ve been a flower

If good looks were a minute, you know that you could be an hour

The way you stole my heart, you know you could’ve been a crook

And baby, you’re so smart, you know you could’ve been a school book

CHORUS 

You made my life so rich, you know you could’ve been some money

And baby, you’re so sweet, you know you could’ve been some honey

CHORUS

[D] You really swept me off my [A] feet, [D] The way you do the things you [A] do

[D] You made my life complete, [D] The way you do the things you [A] do

[D] You made my life so bright, [D] The way you do the things you [A] do

[D] You make me feel all right, [D] The way you do the things you [A] do

The Temptations:

UB40:

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