Eddie Kendricks - Shoeshine Boy Lyrics




Shoeshine boy how you do your work so well
Shoeshine boy tryin' to make a livin', you go somewhere
Shoeshine boy where are you gonna be ten years from now
Just move, just keep workin' shoeshine boy

I wanna know are you gonna be the richest man around
You've been a workin' so hard
So many things in life to learn
Shoeshine boy, what will you discover

Though it's a long way up, you'll reach the top
Now when you'll finally get back
Don't forget from where you came shoeshine boy
Workin' so hard in the noon day sun
Just, just keep workin' shoeshine boy

Look at ya now, gettin' it together
Teasing the guys and havin' lots of fun
Shoeshine boy, yeah, don't you know that you're a star
Yeah, you're a star shoeshine boy

Just the way, just the way that you are
You've been a workin' so hard
So many things in life to learn, so much to learn
Shoeshine boy, what will you discover

Yeah, shoeshine boy
Shoeshine boy
You've been a workin' so hard
Shoeshine boy
Don't you know that you're a star
That's the way that you are





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  1. James Gregg

    Love this wonderful song

  2. Saleem Pernath

    fri. 12-13-19 1938 new horizon cc, oceanside, ny !:-D> hvor er madonna her nu hermits? stoet denne kanal? nice!

  3. margie bell

    WHENE I FIRST HEARD THIS SONG I LOVED IT

  4. Dr. killpatient

    Why don't dudes sing in falsetto anymore ???!!!!

  5. Ultragamer55

    Beans and Young Chris

  6. Marie Sims

    My Jam and bring back so many Good memories 1970s

  7. Marie Sims

    Soul Train Dance every week

  8. Asa Faust

    Shining shoes was not easy work. Put food on the table, paid bills. Honest way to make a living that would not land you in jail.

  9. glen manson

    Daddy this song is for you. Rest in Peace. Everytime this song plays tears comes to my eyes knowing you had to this to provide for us.

    1mistaGROOVE

    May his soul rest in peace. God Bless

  10. James Gregg

    Beautiful song

  11. voicegirl555

    I love this song and I love the way you sing it Eddie Kendricks! The song tells a story. Gone 27 years today you have never never been forgotten. Thank you for all the music you left behind.

  12. Rena Nunya

    Still rockin in 2019

  13. Annette Foreman

    💖🎶🎶💕💖

  14. Linda Hines

    One of my favorites!💜

  15. G. M.

    I just taught my grandson how to put glass shine on a pair of Allen Edmonds, and as he was learning, I played “Shoeshine Boy” as inspiration for him.

    This song teaches the value of honest work and pride in customer satisfaction. He now wants to start “Khori’s Shine Emporium ( he’s 6 yrs old).”
    Teach our children the value of honest work, one pair of shoes at a time. It worked for me; the Allen Edmonds belong to me.

  16. TomRiddleMeThisSpock

    Such a cool song. He wrote this song about my dad :)

  17. Scorpion Black

    Beautiful!

  18. Martha McGlothen

    When i was young in 4th ward in Houston we use to hang out at shoe shine palor. This song came we thought we was really on top😁😁

  19. Glen Sickels

    My favorite Temptation

  20. Halfbakedpie

    Bruh I love this song already. Funny, I was actually just searching for the English word for „Schuhputzer“ which means shoeshine boy and I accidentally stumbled on this song.

  21. david kimemia

    what a song, wonderfully written.

  22. Supe Smackdown Daddy

    Reminds me of my mom when I were a kid. Playing this while getting dressed to go partying. May she S.I.P😢

  23. Its_YahBoy Doggy

    Um I got here because of toddy quest

  24. Dave Wollenberg

    Poor Eddie was a chain smoker.

  25. James Gregg

    Awesome guy wonderful song

  26. Gilbert Washington

    vintage Eddie Kendricks

  27. Barbara Forde

    Never has a melody been so sweetly as it has been sung by Eddie Kendrick. So glad I saw the original Temptations during the late 60s. It was something to behold !

  28. Valeria Muhammad

    One of my favorites by Eddie! along with" Happy" There are no singers like the great 70's!!! Music had spirit and soul because that's what the artists put into it... Love those days... As soon as any one of them started to sing, you knew who it was unlike today; I don't know one from the other. truthfully. I hear emptiness,, no soul, and the voices are so, so studio! off the record, most would get booed! They can hold a tune but that's not "sangin". I can hold a tune! There are none like Eddie, Aretha, David Marvin, Eddie L., Phillipe W., Levi Stuibbs, The Dells, Gladys, Bobby W.. But there are in fact many undiscovered out here that were and are just as good as these greats. We are a musically soulful people!!! ONE LOVE..

  29. nineballer99

    Not sure I get the "underrated" comments.  I thought the general consensus was that Eddie is the G.O.A.T.!

  30. Cameron Williams

    Good song

  31. Jessica Bowie

    Very heart touching song😢

  32. John Flanagan

    One of the best 'voices of soul'. Great memories!

  33. James Gregg

    Awesome

  34. Linda Jackson

    Gm edagdwg God bless him God gave him a blessed voice to help him to live better with God you can become 🙏 what ever you want to be with God's help 🙏🙏🙏🙏 Linda j can love to ❤️❤️❤️❤️💯💯💯💯

  35. The Gemini Man

    In 1974s this was a #1 song on the r&b charts for a long time, well deserved.😎

  36. Kenny Ulan

    Love ya mG👍🏼💜

  37. Pastor Suge973

    So this where state property got home of philly from

  38. Emelda Lawson

    In the Cougar, not Chrysler? Hmm..

  39. Tina Carson

    Eddie Kendricks We Miss You So Much, And I Know Your Saying Tina Go On To Sleep. I'm Watching From Heaven's Tower. So Slow Down For 2019. Don't Mind Me Mr. Kendricks, I'm Just Remembering The Good Times, And Now I'm Saying Good Morning To My Pillow. Rest On With The Ancestors. Thank You For Singing Your Heart, And Soul.

  40. Lisa Merriweather

    TIMELESS !!!!

  41. Terrell L. Howard

    Kicking song.

  42. A CHOSEN VESSEL

    I love this song......brings back some wonderful memories.

  43. Johna Reece

    My friend really loved this song
    To me its memories

  44. kodakiê NBS

    Best song 4ever

  45. Kenneth Clark

    Skating Ring , Homewood al. Oxmoor Rd.

  46. helen shepherd

    Always will love Eddie Kendrick. He was my man with the voice. Not many could sing like him!

  47. DENISE Thompson

    KNOW THAT RIGHT I DO MY WORK DAM GOOD I GET IT HOW I LIVE IT WHAT COULD YOU DISCOVER SOME BOY'S DON'T WANT NOTHING YOU BETTER GET IT TOGETHER

  48. Isia Spivey

    love this music old skool to the heart

  49. Stella Bell

    I love this song and all the words that go with it!! Love this man's voice.#SOMELODIC!!

  50. Michael White

    me and a childhood buddy were shoe shine boys we shine Joe Tex shoes man I thought that was the ....

  51. step cousins nothing nothing

    my song

  52. Jerry Johnson

    Eddie Kendricks. Singer. 'Nuff said. Thank you and God bless. RIP. Thanks for the upload, 1mistaGROOVE. Blessings

    1mistaGROOVE

    Jerry Johnson Glad to be of service. God Bless

  53. Fran Mathis

    I love shoe shine boy it's so nice song

  54. Willie Howard

    Thank my grandmother Mrs. Dorothy Mae Deere for the love of music. R . I. P.

  55. Zelda Williams

    Real nice!😊😊❤

  56. James Gregg

    Love this songs

  57. Cynthia ChinueX Cornelius M.A.Ed.

    MY FIRST AND ONLY FAVORITE ENTERTAINER

  58. Cecilia Hood

    Ours brothers/cousins shined shoes started in West Oakland too north Oakland every weekend faithfully for years and were faithful members with boys club of America, it it always a proud moment when I think/look back and more reasons ta just thank you Lord! their long days and nights shining shoes put much money in their pockets and plenty goodies in our bellies. Magnificent.

  59. novagaming elite

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE EDDIE KENDRICKS SHOESHINE BOY WAS ON MIND EARLY THIS MORNING.

  60. James Gregg

    Love this songs

  61. S. Brown

    RIP Dad your song.

  62. Tranquilty onthemind

    Thanks for the wonderful rip back in time @1mistaGROOVE Hearing this made me smile and remember these good old days!

    1mistaGROOVE

    lblr per Glad to be of service. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year. God Bless

  63. Melody Sanger

    REMEMBERING EDWARD "EDDIE" KENDRICKS (DECEMBER 17, 1939 - OCTOBER 5, 1992) [12/17/2017]

  64. C 5200

    TNR-vintage. I love this song. RIP Eddie. Temptations Forever, ,, Kelsey West Philly 😊 ✌

  65. Rita Ann Secrease

    GODS! I HAVEN'T HEARD THIS WONDROUS SONG IN AGES......NOT SINCE DOUBLE KNITS AND PLATFORM SHOES...BACK IN THE MID~1970'S OF MY UNDER AGE VIRGIN CHILD YOUTH! THANKS,BUDDIES! I GUESS GOING TO THAT WEBSITE @
    http://www.plaidstallions.com/index.html REALLY OPENED MY EYES ABOUT WHAT I'D FORGOTTEN..SO LONG,AGO!

  66. Me Shepersha

    😍 my the sweet memories. I wouldn't trade my childhood for anything. The good and the bad made me who I am today! Love you Lucille

  67. Deborah Pete

    Love him to bad they a live performance.

  68. Rosemary Preston

    HI, EDDIE, THANKX 4 EXPRESSING, SHARING UR GIFTED, TALENT....ONE DAY, SOON, GOD BLESS ME, MINES SHALL BE BALANCED....MUST SUFFER A WEE BIT LONGER, B4 AM STRONGER!!! .....THANKX 4 POSTING HIS SWEET, MEANIFUL, MUSIC....GOOD 4 MY MYSERIE.....

  69. Raarotongaa Ruffin

    EDDIE KENDRICKS JUST GREAT AND WONDERFUL !!!!!!!!!

  70. Jacqueline Smith

    Love me some Eddie and Paul

  71. Thelma Williams

    many falsetto tenors each unique but eddie was in a class by himself.Smokey Robinson to name a few.motoown had the best.

    Zelda Williams

    Thelma Williams yes! Yes! Yes!! ❤❤❤

    Denise Chestnut

    There will Never, Ever be another Eddie Kendricks!💝

    Chrystal Craig

    I agree wholeheartedly. 😀👍✌️

  72. Cynthia Green

    love the instrumentals

  73. ARedrooster2fun

    Eddie you did it you're a Mega hit man. Happy belated birthday to ya (Dec. 17th)

  74. Deborah Pete

    Eddie, was himself. Group or Single. Miss him much. Thanks to his family and friends, for sharing him, with me. Happy New Year. coming in the New Year with this.

  75. Michael Harrison

    all these years later and these songs still hit you in your soul now thats true music

  76. montrel purvis

    Eddie kendricks is a legend. My favorite singer I'm 18 He died in 1992 I think cause Ruffin died in 1991. I'm a singer. Eddie kendricks inspired me to sing. Eddie is the most underated singer in the world. his voice was a strong tenor that he still had before his death . He lost his voice was lost because of lung cancer. In that's what killed him. I love eddie RIP 🎤💯

    Charlene Saunders

    Agreed, Eddie was the epitome of Cool & Class when it comes down to it. He was/is always a phenomenal artist & truly underrated. From a fellow fan & Sagittarian (Eddie represented). R.I.P. to the rest of The Temptations as well - missed by many.

    Barbara Forde

    Never has a melody been sung so sweetly as it has been sung by Eddie Kendrick. I saw the original Temptations in the late 60s. There's been no other group like them before or since.

    Kathleen Smith

    Love you

    Homer Simpson

    Dude Imma a Singer and Both David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks are my inspirations into singing Tenor and I've Learned From Both Of Them That You Should Be Loud Be Proud And Rejoice.

  77. Lisa LeeLee

    Oh the memories!!!!

  78. ISAAC WILLIAMS

    Memories of simpler happy times.💕💕💕💕💕💕😃😞

  79. Tammy Toon

    Oh What A Great voice Eddie Had!

    Barbara Forde

    Never has a melody been sung so sweetly as it has been sung by Eddie Kendrick.

  80. meyerj75

    Still, Eddie Kendricks continued to maintain marching band elements here (i.e. horns, woodwinds, handclaps to name a few).

  81. Kendall Nash

    Jus heard this this morning :)

  82. Mona D

    alltime fav

  83. Sylvine B

    YEESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!💋RI ✌👑💋

  84. Chase

    I lost my anal virginity to this song

    montrel purvis

    ummm 😂

  85. Clyde Taylor

    hay what's up so many things in life to learn

  86. Eric Donald Robinson

    This entire album is the best, enjoyed it since it's inception. "Can I".

  87. Stephanie Harper

    no one could sang like Eddie David too

    EastsideLo

    Eddie is the ONE ☝

  88. yvette kemp bradford

    love this song eddie kendricks was the man he and david ruffins

  89. sonyamoore75

    My Daddy James Wallace, hustling shining shoes on the North side of Chicago

  90. drdeandre1

    working hard for music is part of why mr. west is not the best

  91. NORMA JONES

    Over 40yrs still sound good

    Symone Jackson

    love the voices' like. in movie The Temptation s David R told Mr.Kendricks,yeah real slick!
    Sandra

  92. Anthony Rainey

    I grow up in Mississippi in my father had all off Eddie music my father pass away in 1990 in my mother all off there memories are in songs like this I love Eddie Kendrick he was from b ham ala. 120 miles from where I grow up

  93. Savvynlady

    Eddie, you was boss. RIP.

  94. Emelda Lawson

    Great Song, for Success! BadAss, Organ background!

  95. madge edmead

    My favorite Eddie Kendricks song.  That falsetto just blows me away.

  96. madge edmead

    Saw Eddie perform this live at Madison's Square Garden back  in 1976 and he was phenomenal.  His vocals cannot be duplicated.  He was the best.

    EastsideLo

    Yes he was one of a kind

  97. Deno Daniels

    My favorite Temptation!!!

    montrel purvis

    Deno Daniels
    same here

    John Barron

    Eddie Kendricks truly was the best Temptation to me also. Unmatched in a number of ways. Additionally, he was insanely underrated.