Marvin Gaye

About Anger

"Anger" is a 1979 single released by singer Marvin Gaye recorded in 1978 for the album, Here, My Dear. The song was issued in 1979 as a single in Canada but failed to chart there. The song discussed mental anguish and pain over bitterness and talks specifically of angry confrontation, in Gaye's case, not only with his wife but with various other friends and family members. Marvin then tells his audience that someday soon he'll try to live his life Christian-like with the lyric Someday soon I'll hope and pray like Jesus/I'll reach that wiser age/hope I will learn I never profit from things I do in rage. The singer then states that when anger reaches its boiling point and then climaxes, he realizes that he's lost in love. Though it doesn't reference his marriage to Anna Gaye, who is the antagonist throughout the majority of this album, the couple in the song dealt with similar issues as faced in his real-life marriage. 


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Up and down my back, my spine, in my brain (oh)
It injures me, babe (anger)

Anger, can make you old (anger)
Yes it can (oh)
I said anger (anger)
Will make you sick children, (oh Jesus)
Anger (anger) destroy your soul (ooh)

Rage, there's no room for rage in there
There's no room for rage in here
Line up some place to go to be mad
It's a sin to treat your body bad

When anger really gets the best of us
We've really lost our heads
We often say a lof of things, oh darlin'
Wish we'd never said

Oh, reason is beyond control
And the things we do for spite
Makes me ashamed for my meanness, baby
Makes me want to do things right

Someday soon I hope and pray like Jesus
I'll reach that wiser age
Hope I will learn I really never never profit
From things I do in rage

One more time anger, more anger
When it's flaming hot
Anger burns to the bitter end
Know what I'm talkin' 'bout, woo
And when it cools I find out too late
I have lost at love, love, love, dear friend

I said, anger (anger)
Will make you sick children, (oh Jesus)
Anger (anger) destroy your soul (ooh)

I ain't gonna let you get the best of me, babe
I'm gonna go somewhere and cool
This is not the way my head's supposed to be, babe
You've got me feelin' like some silly fool

But I know a real nice place where I can go
And feel the way I'm supposed to feel

(Oh-oh-oh-oh) I don't want to be mad at nobody
(Oh-oh-oh-oh) I don't want to be feelin' bad
(Oh-oh-oh-oh) up and down my back, my spine, in my brain
(Oh-oh-oh) it injures me, babe (anger)

Anger, can make you old (anger)
Yes it can (oh)
I said anger (anger)
Will make you sick children, (oh Jesus)
Anger (anger) destroy your soul (ooh)

Anger, ooh-uh-uh
Anger, uh-uh-uh
Anger, uh-uh-uh
Anger, uh-uh-uh

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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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Written by: Delta Ashby, Ed Townsend, Marvin P Gaye

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