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Radio XLII, side A, track 8: “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by Rick Astley

Rick Astley - Ain't Too Proud To BegOh, Rick Astley, I didn’t ever think a day like this could ever happen, but I think I’m a little disappointed in you.  When I saw this song come up on my track list, I was pretty excited to hear your version of a classic Motown hit.  So I hit “Play” and. . .meh.  I mean, it’s all right, Rick Astley, but this version doesn’t do either the song or your fantastic voice the justice they so richly deserve.  I was expecting you to come out the gate swinging, with that incomparable voice just booming out through the speakers.  But this was a pretty tame version of Rick Astley that I’m hearing here.

Now, I totally get that it’s pretty hard to improve upon the Temptations’ original (I’ve got that version below to compare notes), but if anyone could do it, it’s my favorite ginger (besides my wife and Ginger Spice, that is).  Were you maybe too intimidated, Rick Astley?  Did you decide to go a different, mellower route on this one because you thought you couldn’t top the Temptations?  I guess I can respect that, but I think this song ended up being a big missed opportunity, Rick Astley.

So, yeah, I’m a little disappointed, but it is you, Rick Astley, so of course you’re forgiven.  I won’t even make you beg.

“Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”

<awesome Rick Astley jam>

I know you wanna leave me
But I refuse
To letchoo go

If I have to beg
Plead
For your sympathy
I don’t mind
‘Cause you mean that much to me

Ain’t too proud to beg
Sweet darlin’
Please don’t leave me, girl, donchoo go

Ain’t too proud to pleeead, baby, baby
Please don’t leave me, girl, donchoo go

Now I heard a cryin’ man
Is half a man

With no
Sense of pride
But if I have to cry to keep you
I don’t mind weepin’ if it’ll keep you by my side

Ain’t too proud to beg
Sweet darlin’
Please don’t leave me, girl, donchoo go
(Donchoo go away)
Ain’t too proud to pleeead, baby, baby
Please don’t leave me, girl, donchoo go

Ain’t too proud to beg
Sweet darlin’

Ain’t too proud to pleeead, baby, baby
Please don’t leave me, girl, donchoo go

<awesome Rick Astley jam>

(Donchoo go away)

(Donchoo go away)
If I have to sleep
On your doorstep
All night and day
Just ta keep you from walkin’ away

Let your friends laugh
Even this I can stand

‘Cause I wanna keep you
Any way I can
Ain’t too proud to beg
Sweet darlin’
Please don’t leave me, girl, donchoo go
(Donchoo go away)
Ain’t too proud to pleeead, baby, baby
Please don’t leave me, girl, donchoo go
(Donchoo go away)
Ain’t too proud to beg
Sweet darlin’
Please don’t leave me, girl, donchoo go
(Donchoo go away)
Ain’t too proud to pleeead, baby, baby
Please don’t leave me, girl, donchoo go

Putchaself in my place (putchaself in my plaaace)
If only for a little while

Come on, try it
Come on, try it
Come on, try it (try it, try it, try it)

Putchaself in my place (putchaself in my plaaace)
If only for a little while

Come on, try it
Come on, try it
Come on, try it (try it, try it)

Ain’t too proud to beg
Sweet darlin’
Please don’t leave me, girl, donchoo go
(Donchoo go away)
Ain’t too proud to pleeead, baby, baby
Please don’t leave me, girl, donchoo go
(Donchoo go away)
Ain’t too proud to beg
Sweet darlin’
Please don’t leave me, girl, donchoo go
(Donchoo go away)
Ain’t too proud to pleeead, baby, baby
Please don’t leave me, girl, donchoo go

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