Commodores’ Three Times a Lady

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Commodores' Three Times a Lady

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The song was written by group member Lionel Richie. It was released on the Commodores’ 1978 album Natural High as well as a single backed with “Look What You’ve Done to Me.” Richie has said that this romantic song was inspired by the love his parents had for each other and the love Richie has had for his wife. He had attended a wedding anniversary party for his parents celebrating 37 years of marriage. His father said to his mother: “I love you. I want you. I need you. Forever,” which comes to three times a lady.

“Three Times a Lady” was a major international hit, crossing over to many categories. It was the only Motown record to hit the top 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. The song topped the charts on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart, and ¬†the U.S. R&B chart. It went to #1 in Canada, Australia, Ireland, and the U.K. It was #2 in New Zealand, #3 in the Netherlands, and #7 in Belgium.

The Commodores at the time were Lionel Richie, Thomas McClary, Milan Williams, Ronald LaPread, William King, and Wlater Orange.

Here are the lyrics to “Three Times¬† a Lady” by the Commodores:

Thanks for the times that you’ve given me
The memories are all in my mind
And now that we’ve come
To the end of our rainbow
There’s something I must say out loud!

You’re once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you
Yes, you’re once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you!
I love you!

You shared my dreams, my joys, my pains
You made my life worth living for
And If I had to live my life over again
I’d spend each and every moment with you

You’re once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you
Yes, you’re once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you!
I love you!

When we are together
The moments I cherish
With every beat of my heart
To touch you, to hold you
To feel you, to need you
There’s nothing to keep us apart
You’re once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you!

You’re once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you!

Yes, you’re once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you!
I love you!

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