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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1978
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I remember like it was yesterday
We were over at Gwen's
And we was trying one more time to make amends
Oh yes we was
Suddenly, it occurred to me it did not matter
Whether I was mad at her
Or she was mad at me
Naw, babe
Understanding my condition
I must surely be a wishing
And a hoping to be free

Oh but some say you can leave, but it's going to cost you
She said, "Yeah, you can leave, but it's going to cost you"
Yeah, she said,"You can leave, but it's gonna cost you dearly" oh
You can leave, but it's going to cost you, hah, dearly

Ooh-ooh
Sometimes your eyes was red as fire
Intoxicated
Sometimes your spirit was moving on me
Begun to fight me
I had to fight to defend my life
I didn't mind it
See, I find it
A bit a stimulating
That after fighting
We're making love
Ooh baby, ooh baby, ooh baby
'Cause after all, you was my wife

Hey, you can leave, but it's going to cost you (used to boogie, boogie down the road sometime)
She said, "You can leave, but it's going to cost you" (I used to talk about my love)
(She would try to put me down, she used to bully)
She said, "You can leave, but it's going to cost you"
(I used to sing this song and dance around)
She said, "You can leave, but it's going to cost you"
(Mr. Man, what's going down? Oh, ooh, baby)

That young girl is going to cost you
Ooh, ooh, baby
If you want happiness, you got to pay
Oooh baby, used to be the apple of my eye
I come to love you, fool (ooh baby)
I come to love you, baby (you used to be my heart's desire)
I come to love you, baby 
I come to love you, baby (my heart's desire, yeah)

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

You tried to have them shackle me
Bring me in
Tell me what for
So I'd satisfy you, baby
You have won the battle
Oh but Daddy's gonna win the war
But Mommy's worked so hard
Tryin'a take my riches
Rich things, too
Been trying to sell my
Oh I tried to take my child too
Tryin' upset my woman
Salmon in my soul
But I was strong, baby
Stood my ground and prayed
Asked the Lord to help me
Wish it was in a position
To upset the judge

You can leave, but it's going to cost you
You can leave, but it's going to cost you
You can leave, but it's going to cost you (ooh)
You can leave, but it's going to cost you (ooh-ooh)

You use to say that I was a gorgeous hunk of man
That didn't help me baby
Ah, when you was 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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