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Song Lyric Sunday – Let’s Get It On

The prompt from Jim:

This week a rather different prompt where you are supposed to find songs where somebody is having sex, or talking about it, insinuating sex, or hinting about sex.


In my late teens and early 20s I loved listening to Motown music. This is where I first fell in love with Marvin Gaye’s voice as he sang with Tammi Terrell. I never lost my fondness for him and I was devastated when he was shot and killed by his own father. After surviving a brutal childhood at the hands of his father and being assassinated by him, I was bitter his father never went to prison. Marvin Gaye was killed at 44. Another legendary talent, lost too soon. Those with such talent live on through their music and that makes us the fortunate recipients of their gifts.

“Let’s Get It On” was originally written by Ed Townsend who wrote and sang the great Do Wop song “For Your Love” in 1958. He suffered from alcoholism and the original lyrics for the song were actually about overcoming alcoholism. It was about overcoming tribulations and getting on with life. After some lyric changes, all you need do is listen and watch Marvin Gaye sing the song and you know it’s all about sex.

My favorite scene from a movie that uses this song is from “Something’s Gotta Give”. If you have not seen the movie, Diane Keaton is appalled her very young daughter is dating a very old guy (Jack Nicholson). I love Frances McDormand in this movie – actually I think all the casting is brilliant. This scene sets the premise for the movie and the musical choice here is spot on.

Of course with great music, often comes conflict. Popular singer Ed Sheeran (whom I really like) is currently embroiled in legal battles claiming he plagiarized “Let’s Get It On” in his song “Thinking Out Loud”. There are currently three lawsuits filed in this matter. Copyright laws are complicated when it comes to music and I’m glad I am not in the position of deciding these cases.  I am not sure I would have ever detected this myself, but after watching this video, maybe there is some basis for the lawsuits. It’s tough in the music industry these days, but Sheeran doesn’t help himself by creating a mashup of the two songs in concert.

As I listen to Marvin Gaye sing this song, I cannot help but mourn for a man who struggled with feelings of sexuality because of his upbringing. From all I read, he was able to reconcile these feelings so that he could normalize sexual feelings and overcome his childhood trauma through his own search for spirituality. There is often so much more behind the song and the lyrics than we can ever imagine.

Let’s Get It On
Lyrics from songfacts.com

I’ve been really tryin’, baby
Tryin’ to hold back this feeling for so long
And if you feel like I feel, baby
Then, c’mon, oh, c’mon

Let’s get it on
Ah, baby, let’s get it on
Let’s love, baby
Let’s get it on, sugar
Let’s get it on

We’re all sensitive people
With so much to give
Understand me, sugar
Since we’ve got to be here
Let’s live
I love you

There’s nothing wrong with me
Loving you, baby no no
And giving yourself to me can never be wrong
If the love is true, oh baby

Ooh don’t you know how sweet and wonderful life can be ooh
I’m asking you baby to get it on with me ooh ooh
I ain’t gonna worry
I ain’t gonna push, won’t push you baby
So c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, baby
Stop beatin’ ’round the bush, hey

Let’s get it on
Let’s get it on
You know what I’m talkin’ ’bout
C’mon, baby
Let your love come out
If you believe in love
Let’s get it on
Let’s get it on, baby
This minute, oh yeah
Let’s get it on
Please, please get it on

I know and you know what I’ve been dreaming of, don’t you baby?
My whole body makes that feelin’ of love, I’m happy
I ain’t gonna worry, no I ain’t gonna push
I won’t push you baby, woo

C’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, darlin’
Stop beatin’ ’round the bush
Oh, gonna get it on
Threatenin’ you, baby
I wanna get it on
You don’t have to worry that it’s wrong
If the spirit moves ya
Let me groove ya good
Let your love come down
Oh, get it on

C’mon, baby
Do you know the meaning?
I’ve been sanctified
Girl, you give me good feeling
I’ve been sanctified

Oh dear I, baby
Nothing wrong with love
If you want to love me just let your self go
Oh baby, let’s get it on


Song Lyric Sunday is hosted every Sunday by Jim Adams. If you would like to join in the fun, check out his blog for the rules and to take in all the other music posted by other bloggers.

25 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – Let’s Get It On”

  1. When I was younger, (17) there was a song that was considered to be so ambiguous, it was banned by some radio stations. That made it a huge hit of course. Real-life lovers (and actors) Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin recorded it. Listening to it now, it feels very tame, and that ban seems silly.

    Lyrics
    Je t’aime, je t’aime
    Oh, oui je t’aime
    Moi non plus
    Oh, mon amour
    Comme la vague irrésolue
    Je vais, je vais et je viens
    Entre tes reins
    Je vais et je viens
    Entre tes reins
    Et je me retiens
    Je t’aime, je t’aime
    Oh, oui je t’aime
    Moi non plus
    Oh, mon amour
    Tu es la vague, moi l’île nue
    Tu vas, tu vas et tu viens
    Entre mes reins
    Tu vas et tu viens
    Entre mes reins
    Et je te rejoins
    Je t’aime, je t’aime
    Oh, oui je t’aime
    Moi non plus
    Oh, mon amour
    Comme la vague irrésolue
    Je vais, je vais et je viens
    Entre tes reins
    Je vais et je viens
    Entre tes reins
    Y je me retiens
    Tu vas, tu vas et tu viens
    Entre mes reins
    Tu vas et tu viens
    Entre mes reins
    Et je te rejoins
    Je t’aime, je t’aime
    Oh, oui je t’aime
    Moi non plus
    Oh, mon amour
    L’amour physique est sans issue
    Je vais je vais et je viens
    Entre tes reins
    Je vais et je viens
    Je me retiens
    Non! maintenant viens.
    Source: Musixmatch
    Songwriters: Serge Gainsbourg
    Je t’aime moi non plus lyrics © Melody Nelson Publishing

    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Pete, I remember hearing this song although it did not climb very high in the charts because it was considered obscene and did not get much airplay. This song perfectly matches the prompt today. (I had to go find a translation. It is rather tame by today’s standards.)

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    1. Peter, thanks for reading. I’m glad you enjoyed the song. His story has such tragic moments it is a wonder he could make this kind of music. I am glad he did.

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  2. Wow Maggie,
    Thank you for another post to brighten my day bringing back happy memories especially of our teenage dances at Wigan Casino . In early’70’s a friend and I watched Jimmy Ruffin perform there who was my fave of all time.
    Didn’t realise Marvin’s dad never went to jail for his crime, so sad.
    ‘Something’s got to Give’ was really enjoyable and I particularly love Jack Nicholson.
    Hope you are well
    🙂❤️

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    1. Margaret, thank you for reading and commenting. Marvin’s dad got parole and suspended sentences. He spent much of his later life in a care facility and it is said he did not remember killing him. Such a sad situation.

      I am always happy when a post spurs good memories as it did for you. I love looking back on the good times. That movie is a favorite of ours. I have seen it several t8mes and that scene is perfect. 😊

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  3. RIP Marvin, gone too soon. Nice pick for today. Interesting about the copyright cases. Songs sound different enough to me but what do I know? I get it is more complicated than that.

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    1. There are so many of these copyright infringement cases and they involve millions upon millions of dollars. Like I said, glad it’s not up to me to decide.

      I’ll always love Marvin Gaye’s music. Yes, he was gone much too soon.

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  4. Didn’t know this song was about overcoming alcoholism. It was also in commercials or scenes in a movie/TV that suggest something more. Nice choice!

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