Going Down for the Third Time

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"Going Down for the Third Time"
Song by The Supremes
ReleasedJuly 24, 1967
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Producer(s)Brian Holland
Lamont Dozier

"Going Down For The Third Time" is a song written and composed by Holland–Dozier–Holland and recorded by Motown singing group The Supremes in 1967. The song was issued as the b-side to the popular "Reflections".

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The song features a fierce-sounding Diana Ross telling herself that she's "going down for the third time" in a relationship that has her "drowning in tears". Throughout the song, the narrator aches over the hardship of the relationship. Ross' band mates Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson egged her on in the chorus. The song is prominent for being one of the last songs to feature Ballard as a member of the Supremes. A few months after this was recorded, Ballard was replaced by Cindy Birdsong. Phoebe Snow covered this song on her album “Second Childhood,” released in January, 1976.


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