Martha Reeves & “The Vandellas – Nowhere To Run”

 

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The great hits of Motown!  It truly had to be a great feeling to be a part of the Motown experience. Even though there were many turmoils back then, the singers were still finding a way to enjoy performing and making a name for themselves. 

Martha Reeves & the Vandellas were some of the great voices that came out of Detroit during the ’60s but never seemed to get the recognition that Diana Ross & the Supremes received. Released in 1965 on the album “Dance Party,” it peaked at # 26 in the UK and # 8 in the US. This song still remains one of the great classic hits of that era.

This is a tale of a woman who knows her boyfriend treats her badly, but she can’t help but love him. It was written by the songwriting/production team of Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Brian Holland, who was also responsible for the Martha & the Vandellas hit “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave” and “Jimmy Mack.”
“Nowhere To Run” is in the rubric of “I love you but you don’t love me” songs that Holland-Dozier-Holland often created. Another good example is “This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak for You).”

Along with a tambourine and drums, snow chains – the kind made for tires – were used as percussion for this song. Motown producers often got inventive in the studio, resulting in some unique soundscapes.

By this time, Martha & the Vandellas had been supplanted by The Supremes as the most successful girl group at Motown. The Supremes were about six months into their run of hits and were getting the bulk of Motown’s promotional resources, pushing The Vandellas to second-class status. “Nowhere To Run” has held up as a classic, but it reached just #8 at a time when most Supremes releases were pushed to #1. Martha & the Vandellas never got any higher on the chart.

Because of its brassy sound and chorus, this song is one of many which are popular at sporting events, where the original version is played, or a marching band performs it.

All the instruments were played by the Funk Brothers, who were session musicians for Motown.

 

Song Lyrics – 

Nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide
Got nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide.
It’s not love, I’m a running from,
It’s the heartbreak I know will come.
‘Cause I know you’re no good for me, but you’ve become a part of me.
Ev’rywhere I go, your face I see, ev’ry step I take, you take with me yeah

Nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide
Got nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide.
I know you’re not good for me, but free of you I’ll never be, no.
Each night as I sleep, into my heart you creep.
I wake up feelin’ sorry I met you, hoping soon that I’ll forget you.
When I look in the mirror to comb my hair
I see your face just a smiling there.

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide from you baby,
Got nowhere to run to, baby, nowhere to hide.
I know you’re no good for me, but you’ve become a part of me,
How can I fight a lover, that shouldn’t be, when it’s so deep,
So deep, deep inside of me
My love reaches so high I can’t get over it
It’s so wide I can’t get around it, no
Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide from you baby
Just can’t get away from you baby, no matter how I try to

I know you’re no good for me, but free of you I’ll never be,
Nowhere to run to baby, nowhere to hide, got nowhere to run to baby.

Writer/s: EDWARD JR. HOLLAND, LAMONT DOZIER, BRIAN HOLLAND

Credit: songfacts.com