This one is absolute soul gold. Hanging on at the end of the 60s, the song is dusted with heartbreak, stained with regret.
It’s a sign of how times have changed – but also how some things are universal. The writer is essentially warning girls that he’s a player and can’t commit. A heartbreaker.
It’s a real crooner, laying on a spread of sweet horns, sugary vocals, soft drums and honeyed strings.
Update the language, make it a whole lot coarser, and you can see it as a hip hop track. And of course, it’s been sampled. Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth use it in their 1994 song, “I Got A Love”.
Originally, though, in its purer, more wholesome form, the song came out in 1969 on Soul Summit.