For Lovin' Me Karaoke - Peter, Paul and Mary

Written by Gordon Lightfoot, "For Lovin' Me" was released by Peter, Paul and Mary in 1965 as the B-side of "Monday Morning" under the trio's album "A Song Will Rise".




For Lovin' Me Song Trivia

The song marked a new songwriting discovery, as Peter, Paul and Mary introduced the work of Gordon Lightfoot to a mass American audience. The single, which prefaced their fifth album, hit #30 on the Hot 100 for the week ending February 20 (in Cash Box, it got to #25).

In the liner notes to his 1999 box-set retrospective, Songbook, Ontarian Singer Gordon Lightfoot acknowledged that "For Lovin' Me" was "likely the most chauvinistic song ever written." Well, there's stiff competition for that title, but certainly "For Lovin' Me" is not kind to women.

Against an attractive, fingerpicked guitar accompaniment, the peripatetic singer kisses off a woman he's met and seduced with the careless remark, "That's what you get for lovin' me."




Lightfoot notes that Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary heard a tongue-in-cheek quality in the song, which led him to suggest it to his group at a time when Lightfoot, a 26-year-old Canadian folksinger, was virtually unknown.

Peter, Paul & Mary's recording of "For Lovin' Me" was released as a single during the winter of 1964-1965 and reached the pop Top 25 and the Top Ten of the easy listening charts, vastly increasing Lightfoot's exposure and making the song a familiar one to folk fans.

Peter, Paul & Mary's version arguably remains the best-known one, but the song is significant as the first Gordon Lightfoot composition to get wide attention.


For Lovin' Me Lyrics

That's what you get for lovin' me
That's what you get for lovin' me
Everything you had is gone as you can see
That's what you get for lovin' me

I ain't the kind to hang around
With any new love that I've found
Movin' is my stock in trade I'm movin' on
I won't think of you when I'm gone

So don't you shed a tear for me
I ain't the love you thought I'd be
I've got a hundred more like you so don't be blue
I'll have a thousand 'fore I'm through

Now there you go you're cryin' again
Now there you go you're cryin' again
But then someday when your poor heart is on the mend
I just might pass this way again

That's what you get for lovin' me
That's what you get for lovin' me
Everything you had is gone as you can see
That's what you get for lovin' me




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