About The Song

In 1973, Marvin Gaye released “Let’s Get It On,” his thirteenth studio album (August 1973). It became the second of Marvin’s three US pop chart-toppers.

One of the most sensual records in chart history became an American No.1 on September 8, 1973. Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” hit the top to become the second of his three US pop chart-toppers, and got listeners hot under the collar with its subject matter.

On that Billboard Hot 100, “Let’s Get It On” completed its climb to No.1, taking over from Stories’ “Brother Louie.” A week later, Gaye was replaced at the top by Helen Reddy’s “Delta Dawn.” Seven days from then, he had regained the crown for a second week at the summit.

The song was written and produced by Gaye with Ed Townsend, who would later contend that his initial idea with the lyric was not about se.x, but about overcoming addiction, and getting on with the business of life. But Gaye was pretty clear-cut about the subject matter on the sleeve notes of the Let’s Get It On album, which reached No.2. “I can’t see anything wrong with se.x between consenting anybodies,” he wrote.

The groove of “Let’s Get It On” was so infectious that, on the album of the same name, it was revisited for “Keep Gettin’ It On.” The sessions, recorded at Motown’s Hitsville West Studios in March 1973, featured such celebrated players as horn men Plas Johnson and Ernie Watts and the Crusaders’ duo of Joe Sample and Wilton Felder, as well as Gaye himself on piano.

Townsend, who had known Gaye through the 1960s, wrote in the liner notes for the 2001 deluxe edition of the album: “I have been blessed to work with many great vocalists in my career, but none quite like Marvin Gaye. The sessions for ‘Let’s Get It On’ were the first time I was overwhelmed by a singer’s ability to understand and interpret the true meaning of a song.”



🎵 Let’s sing along with 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 come on, oh come on, oohLet’s get it on, oh baby
Let’s get it on, let’s love baby
Let’s get it on, sugar
Let’s get it on, whoaWe’re all sensitive people
With so much to give, understand me sugar
Since we got to be here
Let’s live, I love youThere’s nothin’ wrong with me
Lovin’ you, baby love, love
And givin’ yourself to me can never be wrong
If the love is true, oh baby(Let me love you)
Don’t you know how sweet and wonderful life can be? Oh, oh
(Let me love you)
I’m askin’ you baby to get it on with me, oh oh
(Let me love you)
(Let me love you)
I ain’t gonna worry, I ain’t gonna push
(Let me love you)
I won’t push you baby
(Let me love you)
So come on, come on, come on, come on baby
Stop beatin’ ’round the bush, heyLet’s get it on, let’s get it on
You know what I’m talkin’ ’bout
Come on baby, hey, hey
Let your love come out
If you believe in love
Let’s get it on, ooh, let’s get it on baby
This minute, oh yeah let’s get it on
Please, let’s get it on
I know you know what I been dreamin’ of, don’t you baby?
(My body wants some)
My whole body makes that feelin’ of love, I’m happy
(My body wants some)
I ain’t gonna worry, no I ain’t gonna push
I won’t push you baby, woo
Come on, come on, come on, come on darling
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 you
Let me groove you good
Let your love come down
Oh, get it on, come on baby
Do you know the meaning?
I’ve been sanctified, hey hey
Girl, you give me good feeling
So good somethin’ like sanctified
Oh do right baby
Nothing wrong with love
If you want to love me just let yourself go
Oh baby, let’s get it on

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