I can’t get over the lyrics of this songs and the delivery…so different from the type of music I commonly associate with Aretha Franklin. The studio recording of this song, which was actually written by her sister Carolyn Franklin, is very humbling…minus the heterosexist way of looking at sexuality…this song still does it for me, and the lyric ‘Ain’t no way for me to love you, if you won’t let me.’ (full lyrics below) seems to be a universal truth in any relationship shared by humans….There’s also something very haunting, beautiful, tragic and longing about the back up singer’s high pitch note floating above the melody vocals…

Check out this live version…

***I absolutely LOVE the way she takes almost a whole minute at the end of the song to show everyone how it’s done…talk about learning from the GREATS!***

AIN’T NO WAY (LYRICS)…

Ain’t no way for me to love you
If you won’t let me
Ain’t no way for me to give you all you need
If you won’t let me give all of me

I know that a woman’s duty
Is to help and love a man
And that’s the way it was planned

Oh but how can I, how can I, how can I
Give you all the things I can
If you’re tying both of my hands?

Oh, it ain’t no way
(Ain’t no way)
It ain’t no way
(Ain’t no way)
It just ain’t no way, baby
(Ain’t no way)
Ain’t no way, baby
(Ain’t no way)
It ain’t no way for me to love you
If you won’t let me

Stop trying to be someone you’re not
How cold and cruel is a man
Who paid too much for what he got?
And if you need me like you say, say you do
Oh then please, please
Please don’t you know that I need you?

Oh, it ain’t no way
I tell you that it ain’t no way
It ain’t no way, it ain’t no way, baby, no
It just ain’t no way
It sure ain’t no way
It ain’t no way for me to love you
If you won’t let me
No way
If you won’t let me
Ain’t no way

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