You Can Leave, But It's Going to Cost You

Marvin Gaye

About You Can Leave, But It's Going to Cost You

"You Can Leave, But It's Going to Cost You" is a funk-styled song recorded by Marvin Gaye and featured on his Here, My Dear album, when released in 1978. The song returns the subject of the album back to the demise of the singer's marriage to Anna Gordy Gaye as in this song he discusses a specific day in which the couple argued while at Anna's sister Gwen's house desperately trying to make amends. Marvin discusses that the couple got so mad to the point that they had sex afterwards with Marvin later stating after all (Anna) was (his) wife. He then discusses parts of the court case and how, he says, Anna and her attorneys were doing their best to cause Marvin monetary damage, almost closing in on the singer's home, and in his opinion, his eldest son Marvin III. Before the song ends, Marvin brings in humorous irony in which he explains Anna talking about him on the witness stand. 


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I remember like it was yesterday
We were over Gwen's,and we were trying one more time to make amends
Oh yes we were
Suddenly it occurred to me it did not matter
Whether I was mad at her
Or she was at me
Nawww understanding my condition I must surely be a wishing and a hoping to be free


She said... You can leave, but it's going to cost you ....
She said... You can leave,but it's going to cost you.
She said ... you can, but it's gonna cost you dearly
You....can leave but it gonna cost you how dearly
Sometimes my eyes were red as fire
Intoxicated ...

Sometimes the spirit was moving on me
I had to fight to defend my life

I'm gone,I'm gone,I'm gone(get use to it baby)
I'm gone,I', gone,I'm gone(get use to it baby)

You use to say that I was a gorgeous hunk of man...
That didn't help me baby Ah...when you were on the stand

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Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., was an American singer-songwriter and musician whose career spanned more than two decades. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., he was the son of a storefront minister of a local Pentecostal church sect and grew up singing gospel in church revivals as a young child. Gaye branched out into secular music as a teenager, joining the doo-wop group The Marquees, after returning from an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, before the group was hired by Harvey Fuqua to be Harvey & The Moonglows. Following the band's separation in 1960, Gaye began working as a session drummer for the Detroit music label, Anna, before signing with Motown Records in 1961, adding an "e" to his s… more »

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