Mary Wells

She left you last night

And today you called me on the phone

Asked me if you could come over

'Cause you didn't want to be alone

So you want me to stand in for her

And be the love of your next act

But this time I play the part so well

There'll be no need for her coming back, 'cause...


You know that I'm your old stand-by

You know that you can call on me

I know the part so well that you can hardly tell

That she's left you in misery

I know you only called me 'cause you needed company

'Cause once again she's left you and your heart's in misery, but...



(repeat and fade):

I don't wanna be your old stand-by

I wanna be with you permanently

I'm gonna play the part from the depths of my heart

And you won't need nobody but me


Mary Esther Wells (May 13, 1943 – July 26, 1992) was an American singer who defined the early sound of Motown Records in the early sixties. Along with The Miracles, The Temptations, The Supremes, and The Four Tops, Wells was said to have been part of the charge in black music onto radio stations and record shelves of mainstream America "bridging the color lines in music at the time."

With a string of hit singles mainly composed by Smokey Robinson including "Two Lovers" (1962) ... Read More