This song exemplifies something that Ms. James was best known for: raw, wrenching, and transparent vocal delivery. On this track, we find Ms. James begging her man to return, as she sings:

Don’t leave me, I can’t stand

To be left alone baby

If you don’t think you’re coming home soon

Why don’t you tell me

Don’t let me drown in my own tears

You can hear every bit of pain that is coming as a result of the absence of her lover. There are no grandiose runs or travels up the musical scale. That is because Ms. James didn’t need gimmicks. All she had to do was sing the song, and you felt every drop of what she felt.

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