“Stop! In The Name Of Love”

“Stop! In The Name Of Love”

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Lamont Dozier
“Stop! In The Name Of Love”

Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.
Recorded by The Supremes

I was at a no-tell motel near the studio one night and someone who knew my girlfriend saw me there and told her. It must have been about 5:30 in the morning, because I remember the sun was coming up, and I heard her screaming outside the motel, “Come out of there!” She didn’t know what room I was in, so she just stood out there hollering, watching people poke their heads out of their windows to see what was going on, hoping to find me. I stuck my head around the drapes to see where she was — and she saw me. She started running up the stairs, with a bat in her hands. When she started banging on the door, the girl I was with got out through the bathroom window and climbed down the fire escape. It was an escape alright. She was scared to death. She thought she was going to get killed.

I casually opened the door as if she woke me and said, “What’s up?” I told her I had too much to drink, so I decided to stay there. We started arguing and, in the midst of it, she said, “Why don’t you stop?” I was trying to be funny, so I said “Why don’t you stop in the name of love?” She didn’t think it was funny. I responded by saying, “Didn’t you hear the cash register? That’s a great title.” She finally left and I just went to sleep.

The next morning when I went to the studio Brian was at the piano playing a hook. I told him I had the perfect title for it. We finished “Stop! In the Name Of Love” in a couple of days. Ca-ching! I definitely heard the cash register. From infidelity to #1…. .

“Stop! In The Name Of Love”

Stop! in the name of love

Before you break my heart

Baby, baby

I’m aware of where you go

Each time you leave my door.

I watch you walk down the street

Knowing your other love you’ll meet.

But this time before you run to her

Leaving me alone and hurt

(think it over) after I’ve been good to you?

(think it over) after I’ve been sweet to you?

Stop! in the name of love

Before you break my heart.

Stop! in the name of love

Before you break my heart.

Think it over,

Think it over.

I’ve known of your,

Your secluded nights

I’ve even seen her

Maybe once or twice.

But is her sweet expression

Worth more than my love and affection?

But this time before you leave my arms

And rush off to her charms

(think it over) haven’t I been good to you?

(think it over) haven’t I been sweet to you?

Stop! in the name of love

Before you break my heart.

Stop! in the name of love

Before you break my heart.

Think it over,

Think it over.

I’ve tried so hard, hard to be patient

Hoping you’d stop this infatuation,

But each time you are together

I’m so afraid I’ll be losing you forever.

Stop! in the name of love

Before you break my heart.

Stop! in the name of love

Before you break my heart.

Stop! in the name of love

Before you break my heart.

Baby, think it over

Think it over, baby

Ooh, think it over baby…

Words and Music by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Edward Holland. © 1965 (Renewed 1993) JOBETE MUSIC CO., INC. All Rights Controlled and Administered by EMI BLACKWOOD MUSIC INC. on behalf of STONE AGATE MUSIC (A Division of JOBETE MUSIC CO., INC.) All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured. Used by Permission.

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