Today’s Song Lyric Sunday theme is “danger.” What came to mind for this prompt was the song recorded by the Marvelettes, an American girl group that was popular in the early- to mid-1960s, titled, “Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead.”
The song, written by Clarence O. Paul, Ivy Jo Hunter, and William Stevenson, was released in July 1965 on the Tamla/Motown label. “Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead,” another uptempo single by the Marvelettes, didn’t do that well on the charts. It failed to even crack the top 60.
The song’s relatively poor performance was disappointing for a group that was one of the early successes for Motown Records. The Marvelettes was the first significantly successful girl group after the release of their 1961 single, “Please Mr. Postman.” It was one of the first number-one singles recorded by an all-female vocal group and the first by a Motown recording act.
Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead is a warning to women to be careful in the game of love. Here are the lyrics.
When you give more than you get
You’re in danger (You’re in danger)
You may find that you’re in love with a stranger
(With a stranger)
For who knows what evil lurks within the hearts of men?
Insanity to play when you can’t win
When you find that you’re losing
It’s time to get on moving
Cause there’s danger: heartbreak dead ahead
It only takes one second, girl, to learn
That playing with fire will get you burned
(Get you burned)
Now girl, don’t you be foolish
They say that love is blind
But it’s clear as the highway sign
That reads “Danger: heartbreak dead ahead”
Heartbreak dead ahead
Read the sign, girl
You’d better mind, girl
Yeah, danger: heartbreak dead ahead
Bonnie Raitt recorded a cover of this song in 1971 that you might enjoy.