Music Friday Flashback: Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds Sing ‘Don’t Pull Your Love’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you outstanding songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. In this installment, we searched back 42 years and found this AM soft rock hit called “Don’t Pull Your Love.” Originally recorded in 1971 by the trio of Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, it reached #4 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts. More than one million singles were sold, earning the group a gold record.

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In the song, Dan Hamilton’s powerful and expressive lead vocals capture the anguish of a broken relationship. He fears that his girlfriend is going to take off to a new city, so he begs her to stay. His plea includes these memorable lines: “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?”

Back in the ’70s there was a running joke about whether Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds was a duo, trio, quartet or quintet. Without seeing the names written out or the punctuation used, one could assume that the group was any of the following: a duo (“Hamilton Joe Frank” and “Reynolds”), a trio (“Hamilton Joe,” “Frank” and “Reynolds”), a quartet (“Hamilton,” “Joe,” “Frank” and “Reynolds”), and even a quintet (“Hamilton,” “Joe,” “Frank,” “Ann,” “Reynolds”). Of course, all of these are wrong.

Our baby boomer readers will certainly enjoy this moment of nostalgia. For our younger readers: Welcome to a soft rock classic that seems to have grown better with age. The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along. The video is at the bottom of this post.

“Don’t Pull Your Love (Out)”

Written by Dennis Earle Lambert and Brian Potter. Performed by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds.

Don’t pull your love out on me, baby
If you do then I think that maybe
I’ll just lay me down and 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 drownin’ 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
Don’t 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 and 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 drownin’ 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 and 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 drownin’ in my tears

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

Don’t pull your love out on me, baby
If you do then I think that maybe
I’ll just lay me down and 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 drownin’ in my tears

Don’t pull your love out on me, baby
If you do then I think that maybe
I’ll just lay me down and 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 drownin’ in my tears

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