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Fun Music Information -> Marvin Gaye

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Possible Misspelled Names:

These are the alternate spellings of the performer's name we've had to correct in submissions to amIright.

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Marvin Gaye/Jr. Walker & the all-stars/James Taylor, Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell

Jokes:

Did you hear that Marvin Gaye's father started a new record label? It's called 'Mowdown'
Submitted by: Gene Decker
What is Marvin Gaye's middle name? Is
Submitted by: Rich
There are additional music jokes available.

Band Name Origins:

  • Larcen Tyler is wrong. Marvin Gaye put an E on the end of his name to further distance himself from his father, whom he hated and who later shot him dead. Submitted by: No, One Nose!
  • As a child he was constantly taunted about his name, so when he started performing, he added the letter 'e' to his last name. Submitted by: Larcen Tyler

Music Performer Pseudonyms:

Also known as: Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.. Submitted by: Novac

Also known as: Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr.. Submitted by: motown

Music Performer Nicknames:

Known informally as: Marvin Slain. Submitted by: Robert D. Arndt Jr.

Known informally as: The Prince of Soul. Submitted by: Martha Hankins

Song Titles Not Used as Lyrics:

Song Name
Comments & Submitter Name
"Inner City Blues"Make me wanna holler and throw up both my hands! - Joe H

New Band Names:

New Name
Why It's Better
Submitter Name
Marvin StraitHe was straight, not gay.Rpollck

New Song Names:

Original Song Name
New Song Name
Submitter Name
"The Bunions Song""The Onion Song"wonka bar
"I've Had Enough Grapefruit Wine ""I Heard It Through The Grapevine"Susan M.

Use a Song Title to Answer a Different Song:

Song & Band Name
Song & Band Name
"Heaven Knows," Donna Summer"God Is Love," Marvin Gaye
"Just Remember I Love You," Firefall"How Can I Forget," Marvin Gaye
"Wanna Get It On," Wildstreet"Let's Get It On," Marvin Gaye
"Kick The Wall," Jimmy Davis & Junction"Anger," Marvin Gaye
There are additional songs titles that answer other songs available.

Remove a Letter From a Song Title:

"Our Unchanging Love" originally "Your Unchanging Love"
Candy Welty
"Ain't Hat Peculiar" originally "Ain't That Peculiar"
Candy Welty
"How Can I Forge" originally "How Can I Forget"
Candy Welty
"Distant Love" originally "Distant Lover"
Candy Welty

Add a Letter to a Song Title:

"Your Unchanging Glove" originally "Your Unchanging Love"
Candy Welty
"Your Unchanging Lover" originally "Your Unchanging Love"
Candy Welty
"Your Unchanging Clove" originally "Your Unchanging Love"
Candy Welty
"Distant Clover" originally "Distant Lover"
Candy Welty
"Distant Glover" originally "Distant Lover"
Candy Welty

There are additional song titles with a letter added available.

Change a Letter:

"Can I Pet A Witness" originally "Can I Get A Witness"
Naomi Swanson
"Can I Wet A Witness" originally "Can I Get A Witness"
Naomi Swanson
"Now Can I Forget" originally "How Can I Forget"
Yvette Bristle
"Your Unchanging Lore" originally "Your Unchanging Love"
Candy Welty
"Your Unchanging Dove" originally "Your Unchanging Love"
Candy Welty

There are additional song titles with a letter changed available.

Recordings:

Jan 2
a parody of "Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye
Now that we've averted the Fiscal Cliff...
YouTube: (YouTube)

Song Parody Lyrics:

Original Song Name
Parody Song Name
Parody Author
"What's Going On""What's Going On"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Let's Get It On""We Call Them Prawn"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"I Heard it Through the Grapevine""I'm Living on the Breadline"Glynn Leaney
"I Heard It Through The Grapevine""I Swear That Painting Has Eyes"Blaydeman
"Stubborn Kind of Fellow""There's No Need To Bellow"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"Got To Give It Up""Laundry Day"Agrimorfee
"What's Going On""Friend Zone"Abbott Skelding
"Sexual Healing""Debt Limit Ceiling"Greg Swartzentruber
"Can I Get A Witness""Cant Upsets the Witness"Tort Tussler
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine""Reverted to an Ape Mime"Porfle Popnecker

There are additional song parodies available.

Songs for Commercials, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

Song Name
Product
Submittor
Let's Get It OnViagraAVKing
Sexual HealingViagraSara
Sexual HealingSTD ClinicBobyBird 7:18
Sexual HealingVibrator CompanyHarry May
I've Heard It Through The GrapevineWineMatt Donnelly

Bad Choices for On Hold Music:

Song Name
Company/Organization
Submittor
I'll Be DoggoneWomen's Self-Help/Empowerment Seminar/Book XRay_Specks
Sexual HealingSex Addicts AnonymousSarah
Sexual HealingSTD ClinicAsh
I Heard It Through The GrapevineAny NewspaperLibby
Sexual HealingThe Masters and Johnson InstituteChrismo
There are additional on hold music ideas available.

Songs for Duets, That Haven't Been Done Yet:

First Band/Song Name
Second Band/Song Name
New Song Name
Submittor
Hey Jude
   The Beatles
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
   Marvin Gaye
Hey, Jude, I Heard It Through The Grapevine...
Eric Andrews
Only God Knows Why
   Kid Rock
You Are the Way You Are
   Marvin Gaye
Only God Knows Why You Are The Way You Are
Mark
Poor Poor Pitiful Me
   Linda Ronstadt
Mercy Mercy Me
   Marvin Gaye
Poor Poor Mercy Mercy Pitiful Me!
This person really loves to beat himself up!
Paul Warren
Tired Of Sex
   Weezer
Sexual Healing
   Marvin Gaye
Tired Of Sexual Healing
Is it still healing when one grows tired of it?
Karen Little
There are additional duets that haven't been done yet available.

If Groups Combined, Their Names Might Be:

Marvin Garrix
Martin Garrix combined with Marvin Gaye
see also Martin Gaye
Submitted By: Muhammad Firza
Marvin Gaye Bykers On Acid
Marvin Gaye combined with Gaye Bykers On Acid
Submitted By: Jojojo
Gaye Pride
Marvin Gaye combined with Charley Pride
Not something you see too much of in country or classic soul circles...
Submitted By: neptunevsmars
Gaye & Strait
Marvin Gaye combined with George Strait
Submitted By: crazydon

Misheard Lyrics:

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Misheard Lyrics:
Don't you know, I heard it through the great time?
Original Lyrics:
Don't you know, I heard it through the grapevine?
"What's Going On"
Misheard Lyrics:
We don't need two Escalades
Original Lyrics:
We don't need to escalate
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Misheard Lyrics:
I heard it through the grapevine
Not much longer than the pea vine
Original Lyrics:
I heard it throught the grapevine
Not much longer would you be mine
"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Misheard Lyrics:
Through the grapevine I feel stronger would you be my baby
Original Lyrics:
Through the grapevine not much longer would you be my baby
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
Misheard Lyrics:
I hurdled through the grape vine.
Original Lyrics:
I heard it through the grapevine.

Story about this misheard lyric by: Patsy Meck

After making fun of me for mangling some of the new songs, my teenage son, Billy, walked through the house singing 'I hurdled through the grape vine'. It was finally MY time to laugh!

There are additional misheard stories available.

Song Parody Fragments:

"Sexual Healing"
Better Lyrics:
Baby, I can't wait for you to ovulate
Original Lyrics:
Baby, I can't wait for you to operate
Submitted by: Gwyndlebuckets
"I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
Better Lyrics:
I hurt it through the grapevine
Original Lyrics:
I heard it through the grapevine
Submitted by: was

Repetitive Song Lyrics:

"Ain't No Sunshine"
The Repetitive Lyrics:
I know
Why They're Repetitive:
This is repeated 16 times! Oh, my!

[Ed's note: In the Bill Withers' version it is repeated about 28 times, and sounds MUUCH better!]
Submitted by: sXe LeXi 5X2
 

Nonsensical Song Lyrics:

"What's Goin' On"
The Nonsensical Lyrics:
Tell me what's goin' on, and I'll tell you what's goin' on,
Why They're Nonsensical:
A great Marvin recording, but if you tell me what's goin' on, why would I bother telling you what's goin' on? You'd already know, right? That's why you were able to tell me in the first place.
Submitted by: Jeff Stambo
 

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"If I Could Build My Whole World Around You"
Opening Lines:
Oh, if I could build my whole world around you, darlin', first I'd put Heaven by your side
Comments:
Submitted by: Candy Welty
"Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing"
Opening Lines:
Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby. Ain't nothing like the real thing.
Comments:
Submitted by: Candy Welty
There are additional spelling lyrics available.

Song Title Space Change:

"Sexual Heal In G" originally "Sexual Healing"
Submitted by: Sutch
"Chain Ed" originally "Chained"
Submitted by: Yvette Bristle
"Ill Be Doggone" originally "I'll Be Doggone"
Some ill people, and dogs, do go that way.
Submitted by: Peter

Band Name Anagrams:

Ivy Manager Submitted by: Alexis
I Rave Mangy Submitted by: George Straitjacket
Grave In May Submitted by: Krystal
Mary Gave In Submitted by: Krystal
A Gravy Mine Submitted by: Josh
Sounds delicious!

There are additional Band Name Anagrams available.

Song Title Anagrams:

"I Can't Defy Dials" originally "Sanctified Lady"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Faced Tins Daily" originally "Sanctified Lady"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Lydia Faced Tins" originally "Sanctified Lady"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Identify As Clad" originally "Sanctified Lady"
Submitted by: Alexis
"Syndicated Fail" originally "Sanctified Lady"
Submitted by: Alexis

There are additional Song Title Anagrams available.

Songs That Are Banned:

"You Sure Love To Ball"
This one was on the album after "What's Goin' On" and was banned on Armed Forces stations because of its sexual innuendos.
Submitted by: Ron Adams
"Sanctified Pussy"
The title of Marvin Gaye's song "Sanctified Pussy" is changed to "Sanctified Lady" for a 1985 posthumous album release, "Dream Of A Lifetime".
Submitted by: Peter

Super Long Pop Songs:

"Got To Give It Up" Length: 11:52
The full-length version, with parts 1 and 2, is 11 minutes and 52 seconds long. The single version, with just part 1, is 4 minutes and 12 seconds long.
Submitted by: Isac

Super Short Pop Songs:

"How Can I Forget" Length: 1:55
Submitted by: Evan

Song Title Spoonerisms:

"Hexual Sealing" originally "Sexual Healing"
Using a hex to seal something?
Submitted by: U. Carrie Oats

Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics:

"Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"
The Lyrics:
Rockets, moon shots
Spend it on the have nots
Money we make it
Fore we see you take it
Oh, make you wanna holler
Why:
In the early 1970's, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" was the last of the three major and pop hits by Marvin Gaye that addressed social issue (following on the heals of "What's Going On" and "Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)"). Again, it has a terrific uptempo beat, but the lyrics might be enough to make you depressed (much of what Marvin Gaye sang about social ills in the song still resonates to today) or at the very least make you "wanna holler".
Submitted by: Peter
"Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)"
The Lyrics:
Ah, mercy, mercy me,
Ah, things ain't what they used to be, no, no
Where did all the blue skies go?
Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east.
Why:
The following up to Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" was "Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)" song that hit into the Top 10 of the charts on the second year after President Nixon declared the first Earth Day in April 1970 (that would be April 1971). In many regards Marvin Gaye was taking up the strains started by Rachel Carson's book about the environment, "The Silent Spring" from the early 1960's about stating what was happening to the environment, or what humans were allowing or doing to the environment, and in some respects Gaye is the precursor to former Vice President Al Gore's global warming advocacy (Al Gore probably was impressed with "Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology) and I wouldn't be surprised if Gore has the song programmed on his i-pod). It had an uptempo beat as did "What's Going On" but with all the ills happening to the environment it did leave one perhaps a little depressed, although hopefully wanting to do some action to solve the problems. In the late 1980's, Robert Palmer would cut a remake of the tune.
Submitted by: Peter
There are additional Upbeat Songs With Depressing Lyrics available.

Band Name Spoonerisms:

Garvin May originally "Marvin Gaye"
Submitted by: Peter

Hidden Messages:

"Sexual Healing"
If you turn your volume really loud, when the song fades out, you can hear "Please don't procrastinate, it's not good to masturbate …"
Submitted by: wragetz

Movies Named After Song Titles:

"How Sweet It Is"
1968 comedy with James Garner and Debbie Reynolds
Submitted by: Paul's Mother
"It Takes Two"
1995 film, starring Kirstie Alley & Olsen Twins
Submitted by: Penelope Beckinsale

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