The Way You Do the Things You Do (2:38)

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“The Way You Do The Things You Do” is a hit / single by The Temptations released in 1964 from their Motown album ‘Meet The Temptations’. In contrast to the commercial failure of The Temptations’ previous seven singles, the song was a huge success. It peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also went to number one on the Cash Box R&B chart. The tune was written by Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers of The Miracles, another Motown group.

Otis Williams of The Temptations recalled in February 2009: “The first time we heard the song, we loved it. The melody swung, and the lyrics had lots of charm. They were silly in a way, talking about a girl you loved as a candle, a handle, a schoolbook, a cool crook, a broom, a perfume, but, typical Smokey, he made it work. It got a good response whenever we did it live, so our hopes were up. We knew from past experience that even the best tracks don’t always click.”


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  • palentin

    Incredible song.really really good.

    14 Jul 2:16pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Somebody's Listening...Got the Original.

    10 Mar 2014 Reply
  • SuperSoulRadio

    The forum was USELESS! USELESS! A Complete waste of time.

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • headeynyp

    If you're hearing a cover version/wrong track streaming add your shout here :

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • headeynyp

    If you ever hear the wrong stream, anywhere DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME !!!!!!SHOUTING ON THE TRACK PAGE!!!!!! ~~~~~~~ No lastfm staff are reading track pages! ~~~~~~~~~ Use the web forum like JG did. Then, if possible, put a LINK to your shout on the faulty track page so others can add another shout.

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • marjo47

    better version please this does this song and group no good.

    1 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Elyssyan

    Moonshado, you are a hoot!!! Agree with you though!!! lol

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • roughtrade18

    what rubbish

    22 Jul 2013 Reply


    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • herownlagoon

    Sounds like the original to me.

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • moonshado

    got the crock of sh't again. LAST we want a version actually sung by the Temptations, preferably the original.

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    began as a light-hearted joke between Robinson and Rogers to pass time on the long bus rides

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • funkbrothersfan

    for goodness sake last fm get a grip and find the REAL version....!!!

    22 Oct 2012 Reply
  • TheGhostMutt

    I wish i wrote this for my girlfriend

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • moonshado

    i don't know where LAST FM got this version from, but there is no way that what I'm listening to was sung by the Temptations. And if the Temptations ever hear this I'm certain that they will be taking LAST FM to court. It is insulting to suggest that this crock of sh't is the work of the Temptations.

    8 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ImAnOldiesFan2

    Love me some Temptations Classics!

    20 May 2012 Reply
  • alliehill97

    you smell so sweet you could have been perfume! best line ever next to: gurl u smell good, did u take a bath in rainbows and cupcakes. lol!

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • blue_fandango

    No, they were inspired.

    24 Mar 2012 Reply
  • supersteveme

    were they drunk?

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
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