Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds – Don’t Pull Your Love

When I first heard this…I would have bet money…and lost that it was Elvis singing this song. I was shocked when I found out that it wasn’t him. This song was written by the songwriting team of Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter. They wrote hits for various artists, including Glen Campbell, the Four Tops, and Dusty Springfield.

The song peaked at #4 in the Billboard 100 and #1 in Canada in 1971.

The backing group was the great studio musicians called “The Wrecking Crew” who played with countless artists including The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, and even Cher.

From Songfacts

This was Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds’ third single and first Top 40 hit. Their two previous singles failed to reach the Top 40 and received very little radio play. 

Rob Grill of The Grass Roots explained at a concert that this song was intended for his band, but they were about to release another single. So Potter and Lambert crafted “Two Divided by Love” for The Grass Roots, which sounds somewhat similar to this song. The Grass Roots perform “Don’t Pull Your Love (Out)” in concert, since it was supposed to be their song. 

Don’t Pull Your Love

Don’t pull your love out on me, baby
If you do, then I think that maybe
I’ll just lay me down, cry for a hundred years
Don’t pull your love out on me, honey
Take my heart, my soul, my money
But don’t leave me here drowning in my tears

You say you’re gonna leave, gonna take that big white bird,
Gonna fly right out of here without a single word
But you know you’ll break my heart when I watch you close that door
Cause I know I won’t see you anymore

Don’t pull your love out on me, baby
If you do, then I think that maybe
I’ll just lay me down, cry for a hundred years
Don’t pull your love out on me, honey
Take my heart, my soul, my money
But don’t leave me here drowning in my tears

Haven’t I been good to you, what about that brand new ring?
Doesn’t that mean love to you, doesn’t that mean anything?
If I threw away my pride and I got down on my knees,
Would you make me beg you “pretty please”?

Don’t pull your love out on me, baby
If you do, then I think that maybe
I’ll just lay me down, cry for a hundred years
Don’t pull your love out on me, honey
Take my heart, my soul, my money
But don’t leave me here drowning in my tears

There’s so much I want to do
I’ve got love enough for two
And I’ll never use it, girl, if I don’t have you

Author: badfinger20

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

13 thoughts on “Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds – Don’t Pull Your Love”

  1. In 1965, Alka-Seltzer unveiled a new ad campaign and the T-Bones released a catchy instrumental jam ‘No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In)’ as a single. The T-Bones were Judd Hamilton, Dan Hamilton, Joe Frank Carollo, Tommy Reynolds, and Gene Pello and their song peaked at #3. Liberty Records had a problem trying to promote that single, because The T-Bones were not a real band, they were members of the Wrecking Crew.

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