This was written by group members Felix Cavaliere (keyboard and lead vocals on this track) and Eddie Brigati (percussion and vocals). It was released in 1967 and topped the US charts. It reached No 8 in Britain.
Here is a word I have just learned: mondegreen. As in the phrase from this song ‘you and me endlessly’ which was often misheard as the mondegreen ‘you and me and Leslie’. Another example is the Jimi Hendrix line in Purple Haze ‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky’, often misheard as ‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy’.
Here is a brilliant advert featuring Desmond Dekker’s Israelites.
Nothing to do with lyrics but here is another great Maxell advert.
For an explanation of the origin of ‘mondegreen’ and more examples, see here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen