There will never be another musician who can express the highs and lows of love quite like Marvin Gaye. One of the most revered singers in soul music, Gaye was a shining light of Motown and not only sang about love but also serious issues including politics, the environment, and societal problems.
Before his untimely death at the age of 45, Gaye's music evolved from doo-wop crooning in his early days to introspective and conscious songs that tackled his own personal demons. Marvin was an expert on love and he encapsulated and expressed the complicated emotion like no one else.
Here are 10 of Marvin Gaye's lyrics that prove the power of love.
1. Nothing wrong with love, If you want to love me just let yourself go - "Let's Get It On" (1973)
2. The many happy times we had, Can really never outweigh the bad - "Just to Keep You Satisfied" (1973)
3. Oh my life was torn like wind-blown sand, then a rock was formed when you held my hand. - "Sunny" (1966)
4. I believe a woman's a man's best friend, So I'm gonna stick by her till the very end - "Can I Get a Witness" (1963)
5. You were better to me than I've been to myself, For me, there's you and there ain't nobody else, I want to stop and thank you baby, I just want to stop and thank you baby - "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" - 1964
6. And baby, when I should be asleep at night, I stay up and read, And baby, baby, baby, I can't help but feel uptight, For my passion needs - "Sexual Healing" (1982)
7. That every moment when I spent with you, I treasure it like it was a precious jewel - "Distant Lover" (1973)
8. Every chance you get you seem to hurt me more and more, But each hurt makes my love stronger than before - "Ain't That Peculiar" (1965)
9. I know that a man ain't supposed to cry, But these tears I can't hold inside, Losin' you would end my life you see', Cause you mean that much to me - "Heard It Through The Grapevine" (1968)
10. Why did the morning come so soon, Love don't need time (Girl) to make up its mind - "After the Dance" (1976)
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