About The Song

“Sexual Healing” is one of American singer Marvin Gaye’s most infamous tracks. Released as the second track on his seventeenth studio album “Midnight Love”, which was released in 1982. “Sexual Healing” was written by Gaye and American jazz organist Odell Brown, with Gaye also producing the song.

“Sexual Healing” is a post-disco soul song about healing through intimacy, and more specifically se.x. “Sexual Healing” was recorded in Ostend in Belgium in 1982, and represented Gaye’s comeback to music. Gaye had been living in Belgium to escape two divorces, numerous tax scandals, a debilitating cocaine addiction and attempting to overcome his depression. Gaye later returned back to America, where “Sexual Healing” had reignited Gaye’s career. Sadly, Gaye died two years later, when his father Marvin Gay Sr. shot Gaye; it was widely known that Gay Sr. never approved of his son’s music. He was also a Christian minister.

The music video for “Sexual Healing” was released in 1982, but uploaded to Marvin Gaye’s official YouTube channel on the 7th December 2013. Gaye is shown in a smoky underground nightclub with four female dancers behind him, mixed in with shots of Gaye getting a physical exam from a female doctor. The doctor drinks a potion titled “Midnight Love Potion”, leading her to fall in love with Gaye.

In its year of release, “Sexual Healing” hit the peak chart positions of #4 in Australia, #2 in Belgium, #1 in Canada, #17 in France, #23 in Germany, #7 in Ireland, #37 in Italy, #3 in the Netherlands, #1 in New Zealand, #17 in Sweden, #4 in the UK Singles Chart, #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #34 on the US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, #12 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, and #5 on the US Cash Box chart. The track is certified Gold in Canada, Denmark and the UK; and Gold in the US. At the 1983 Grammy Awards, the song won two Grammys: the Best Make R&B Vocal Performance and the Best R&B Instrumental Performance. In their end-year lists of 1982, Rolling Stone, NME and The Village Voice all listed “Sexual Healing” as one of the “songs of the year”.



🎵 Let’s sing along with the lyrics! 🎤

Get up, get up, get up, get up!
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up!Oh, baby now let’s get down tonight

Ooh baby, I’m hot just like an oven
I need some 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 teardrops are fallin’
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 thing you’re dealing
Ohh I can 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
‘Cause you do it right

Baby, I got sick this mornin’
A sea was stormin’ inside of me
Baby, I think I’m capsizin’
The waves are risin’ and risin’

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 the mind, and it’s good for us

Sexual healing, baby, it’s good for me
Sexual healing is something that’s good for me
Well, it’s good for me and it’s so good to me my baby, ohh

Come take control, just grab a hold
Of my body and mind, soon we’ll be making it, honey
I’ll be feeling fine,
You’re my medicine, open up and let me in
Darling, you’re so great, I can’t wait for you to operate

I can’t wait for you to operate

When I get this feeling
I need sexual healing
Oh when I get this feeling
I need sexual healing
I gotta have sexual healing, darling
‘Cause I’m all alone
Sexual healing, darling
Till you come back home

Please don’t procrastinate
It’s not good to masturbate

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