If I Could Build My Whole World Around You


If I Could Build My Whole World Around You visual representation

If I Could Build My Whole World Around You“, recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967, is a song that beautifully captures the essence of 1960s soul music. Released on November 14, 1967, it was written by Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol, and Vernon Bullock.

This track became the duo’s third single together and their second to reach the top ten on both the Pop and R&B charts, peaking at number ten and number two, respectively. The song’s success solidified Gaye and Terrell’s status as a legendary R&B duo.

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    1. Marvin and Tammi’s Version

    2. The collaboration between Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You” is celebrated for its harmonious blend of their vocals. The song stands out with its narrative of what could be if either of them could create a world around their loved one.

      ¬†Unlike many other R&B duos of the time, Gaye and Terrell’s unique vocal interplay set them apart, making this track a landmark in R&B duets. Notably, the song was one of the few not written by Ashford & Simpson, who penned several hits for the duo. The powerful vocal performance, combined with lively arrangements, received high praise from critics and audiences alike.

    3. Impact and Legacy

    4. The impact of “If I Could Build My Whole World Around You” goes beyond its chart success. The song not only exemplified the dynamic chemistry between Gaye and Terrell but also influenced the direction of R&B music. It set a high standard for future duets in the genre, with its blend of emotive lyrics and compelling melodies.

      Over the years, the track has been remembered as a quintessential example of the soulful magic that Gaye and Terrell brought to the music world, leaving a lasting legacy in the annals of R&B music.

    5. Lyrics

    6. M:
      If I could build my whole world around you, darlin’
      First I’d put heaven by your side
      Pretty flowers would grow wherever you walk, honey
      And over your head would be the bluest sky
      And I’d take every drop of rain
      And wash all your troubles away
      I’d have the whole world built around you
      And that would be all right, oh yes it would

      T:
      If I could build my whole world around you
      I’d make your eyes the morning sun
      I’d put so much love where there is sorrow
      I’d put joy where there’s never been love
      And I’d give my love to you
      To keep for the rest of your life
      And happiness would surely be ours
      And that would be all right, oh yes it would

      BOTH: Doo doo doo doo…

      M: Oh, if I could build my whole world around you
      I’d give you the greatest gift any woman could possess
      T: And I’d step into this world you’ve created
      And give you true love and tenderness
      And there’d be something new with every tomorrow
      To make this world better as days go by

      (repeat and fade):
      M: If I could build my whole world around you
      T: If I could build my whole world around you
      BOTH: Then that would be all right, oh yeah

      Harvey Fuqua, Johnny Bristol & Vernon Bullock, 1967

    posted by admin    December 18, 2023    December 29, 2023