“I been really tryyyyyyyyyying baby…” Now Marvin Gaye know he ain’t have to try that hard, he was a whole sex symbol with a voice that made panties drop with a note and “Let’s Get It On” solidified that. It’s the song people play when they wanna get in on, point blank period. I hear it and think about what it might have been like at basement parties back in the day with the red light on as it played.
Marvin Gaye said, “Giving yourself to me could never be wrong, if the love is true.” I’m willing to put money on the fact that he wasn’t out there having to try that hard to convince women to give themselves to him, one of the many benefits of having a velvety voice, and the face of a model. Whenever I think of him, I envision him in that red beanie. You gotta be a bad brother to be pulling women in a knitted hat.
One of the lyrics in the song is, “If the spirit moves ya, let me groove ya…” and that’s what people did and still do to this song. It’s a groove. It’s melodic. It’s seductive and it’s sexy. I’ve heard a ton of people who’ve tried to remake this song, and in my opinion none of them compare. Marvin had a longing in his voice. When the man said, “I been sanctified…” everyone knew what he meant and were tryna get sanctified too!
“Let’s Get It On” is the type of song that makes you wonder what folks were even playing in order to get it on before it came out. It almost feels like the prototype for love making music, even though I’m sure that there were a few that came before it. I doubt that he was trying to increase the population when he made this record, but he sure did by default. This song will forever be one of the staple go tos when you’re trying to get your love on, and for that Mr. Gaye, we thank you.
The song was released in 1973! It was featured on his album of the same name, which was Marvin’s 13th studio album! The song was written by Marvin Gaye and Ed Townsend, the latter also serves as the song’s producer.
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