Sexual Healing

Marvin Gaye

About Sexual Healing

"Sexual Healing" is a song recorded by American singer Marvin Gaye from his album Midnight Love (1982). It was his first single since his exit from his long-term record label Motown earlier in the year, following the release of the In Our Lifetime (1981) album the previous year. It is listed at number 233 on Rolling Stone's list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


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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, baby

When I get this feeling
I need sexual healing
When I get this feeling
I need sexual healing

I gotta have sexual healing, darling
'Cause I'm all alone
And I need sexual healing, darling
Till you come back home

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

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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: David Ritz, Marvin Gaye, Odell Brown

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Tratore

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15 facts about this song

Year of Release
"Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye was released in the year 1982.
Music Genre
The song falls under the genre of Funk/Soul and Rhythm and Blues (R&B).
Chart Performance
"Sexual Healing" topped the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart, and it also reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
It won the Grammy Awards for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Instrumental Performance in 1983.
Commercial Success
Not only did it enjoy commercial success in the United States, but "Sexual Healing" also topped the charts in the United Kingdom.
Record Label
The song was released under the Columbia Records label.
It was one of the songs recorded by Marvin Gaye after his exit from his long-term label, Motown.
The song marked a significant turning point in Gaye's career after a period of depression and drug abuse.
The song was co-written by Marvin Gaye, along with Odell Brown and David Ritz.
Music Video
Unlike many songs of its era, "Sexual Healing" actually had a music video, which was somewhat of a novelty at the time.
Cover Versions
Numerous artists across different genres, including Kate Bush, Ben Harper, and Sarah Connor, have covered "Sexual Healing".
Cultural Reference
The song has been referred to and sampled in numerous other songs, films, and television shows over the years, demonstrating its enduring popularity.
Rolling Stone magazine listed the song at numbers 233 and 284 in their rankings of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, in 2004 and 2010 respectively.
"Sexual Healing' was produced by Marvin Gaye and Art Stewart and it was recorded in Gaye's Belgian studio, which was known as "Ostend's Stardust".
Song Meaning
The song is about the power of sexual intimacy as a form of healing, which became a popular dance hit during the 1980s.

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