Song Lyric Sunday – Let’s Get It On

Song Lyric Sunday prompts for this week are provided by our host Jim Adams. He has asked us to find songs where somebody is having sex or talking about it. These days there are plenty of songs that leave nothing to the imagination, but I opted for a sexy oldie by Marvin Gaye from the 70s called ‘Let’s Get It On’

Enjoy the song and your Sunday!

The Song

Originally written by 1950s one-hit-wonder Ed Townsend (“For Your Love” in 1958), the song originally addressed the author’s desire to get on with life after beating alcoholism. Marvin Gaye completely changed the lyrics (and meaning) to the song after meeting Janis Hunter, the woman who would become his second wife. The song helped cement Gaye’s reputation as one of the greatest singers of baby-making music. Song writing credits on the song went to both Gaye and Townsend.

“Let’s Get It On” was the title track of Gaye’s 1973 album. It topped the Billboard Pop Singles chart for two weeks and the Billboard Soul Singles chart for eight weeks. It also made history as Motown’s most successful release in the United States to that date and the second most successful song of 1973 (behind Tony Orlando & Dawn’s “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree”).

This song’s co-writer Ed Townsend also produced the album with Marvin and co-wrote the three other songs on the first side of the disc, including “Keep Gettin’ It On.” He wrote with Gaye again on songs for Marvin’s 1978 album Here, My Dear.

This song has appeared in a variety of TV shows, movies and commercials, often for comic effect to imply an imminent romantic encounter. Some of the media uses include the TV shows The SimpsonsThe SopranosScrubsHouseUgly BettyCharmedSpin City and The King of Queens.

Movie uses include Into the Night (1985), Queens Logic (1991), The Inkwell (1994), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), High Fidelity (2000), Crossroads (2002), Something’s Gotta Give (2003), Mr. 3000 (2004), Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), The Change-Up (2011), and The Dictator (2012).

The Lyrics

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

Writer/s: Marvin Gaye, Ed Townsend 
Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Courtesy of Songfacts

  12 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Let’s Get It On

  1. October 3, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    Gotta love Marvin Gaye! 🎶💃🏼

    • Christine Bolton
      October 9, 2021 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks ☺️

  2. October 3, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Good choice! Did you ever see the move “High Fidelity”? Jack Black does a great cover of this.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 4, 2021 at 8:14 am

      Thanks! Yes John I did. I love that movie ☺️

      • October 4, 2021 at 12:42 pm

        I love the scene where Joan Cusack comes storming into the record store, says something terrible to her brother, and walks out. I realize it was their characters, but you just KNOW that had been brewing for a while…

  3. October 3, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Going to be very popular today I bet. Two so far. Nice choice.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 3, 2021 at 2:14 pm

      Thanks Jilly ☺️💕I figured as much but I like it when that happens!

      • October 3, 2021 at 2:24 pm

        Me too!

  4. October 3, 2021 at 9:34 am

    I think this song is going to be very popular today Christine, because it is a perfect match for the theme.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 3, 2021 at 11:14 am

      Yes it was the first thing that jumped into my head. Love MG ❤️

  5. Christine Bolton
    October 3, 2021 at 8:19 am

    Thanks Janis 💕☺️

  6. October 3, 2021 at 3:13 am

    Nice choice!! Perfect mood music 😀

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