Lyric Sheets: Tamla's Golden Years
Friday 19 December 1997
The bassist pulls no punches
The drummer went in hard
The backing voices belted
On West Grand Boulevard
The tambourines and hand claps
Were welded to the beat
When all the world was dancing
To Dancing In the Street
Where Holland / Dozier / Holland
If things came to the crunch
Could write a song at breakfast
Then two more over lunch
To feed the growing needs of
Assembly lines of stars
Who turned out tunes as fast as
The factories turned out cars
Where Gordy groomed his stable
And taught them etiquette
To walk and talk correctly
Or hold a cigarette
When Marvin Gaye or Smokey
Made classics in a day
In Tamla Motown's Tardis
At Hitsville USA
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