Sexual Healing

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Sexual Healing is an iconic song by American singer Marvin Gaye, released as part of his seventeenth and final studio album, Midnight Love in 1982. This post-disco, soul, and funk track marked Gaye’s departure from Motown Records, peaking at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning a place on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Written in E-flat major with a tempo of 94 beats per minute, ‘Sexual Healing’ is celebrated for its sensual lyrics and innovative sound, becoming Gaye’s final top 10 hit.

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    1. Marvin’s Version

    2. Marvin Gaye composed ‘Sexual Healing‘ during a period of personal and artistic transformation in Ostend, Belgium, in 1981. The song’s creation involved musicians Gordon Banks and Odell Brown, with notable contributions from David Ritz.

      Utilizing a Roland TR-808 drum machine, Gaye crafted a unique percussive sound for the track. The song, characterized by its deep bass drum, handclaps, and synthesizer elements, received critical acclaim for its pioneering sound and sensual themes. ‘Sexual Healing’ won two Grammy Awards in 1983, including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Instrumental Performance, and has been recognized as a significant influence on the slow jam genre.

    3. Chart Performance and Legacy

    4. The commercial success of ‘Sexual Healing‘ was remarkable, reaching number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart and maintaining the top spot for ten weeks. Its wide appeal was evidenced by its high rankings on various international charts, including the UK Singles Chart and the New Zealand RIANZ chart.

      ‘Sexual Healing’ sold over four million copies worldwide and received several certifications, including platinum status in the United States. Its enduring legacy is reflected in its influence on subsequent music genres and its status as a quintessential Marvin Gaye song, embodying the artist’s sensual style and musical innovation.

    5. Lyrics

    6. Baby I’m hot just like an oven
      I need your lovin’
      And baby, I can’t hold it much longer
      It’s getting stronger and stronger
      And when I get that feeling
      I want Sexual Healing
      Sexual Healing, oh baby
      Makes me feel so fine
      Helps to relieve my mind

      Sexual Healing baby, is good for me
      Sexual Healing is something that’s good for me
      Whenever blue tear drops are falling
      And my emotional stability is leaving me
      There is something I can do
      I can get on the telephone and call you up baby, and
      Honey I know you’ll be there to relieve me
      The love you give to me will free me
      If you don’t know the things you’re dealing ohh
      Let me tell you, darling, that it’s Sexual Healing

      Get up, Get up, Get up, Get up, let’s make love tonight
      Wake up, Wake up, Wake up, Wake up, ‘cuz you do it right
      Baby I got sick this mornin’
      A sea was storming inside of me and
      Baby I think I’m capsizing
      The waves are rising and rising
      And when I get that feeling
      I want Sexual Healing

      Sexual Healing is good for me
      Makes me feel so fine, it’s such a rush
      Helps to relieve my mind, and it’s good for us
      Sexual Healing, baby, is good for me
      Sexual Healing is something that’s good for me
      And it’s good for me and it’s good to me

      My baby ohhh
      Come take control, just grab a hold
      Of my body and mind 
      soon we’ll be making it
      Honey, oh your doin’  fine
      You’re my medicine open up and let me in
      Darling, you’re so great
      I can’t wait for you to operate
      Get up get up get up get up
      let’s make love tonight
      wake up wake up wake up wake up
      because you do it right

      Marvin Gaye, Odell Brown & David Ritz, 1982

    posted by admin    December 19, 2023    December 29, 2023