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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


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
"Kick The Wall," Jimmy Davis & Junction"Anger," Marvin Gaye
"Don't You Forget About Me," Simple Minds"How Could I Forget," 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.


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
"Let's Get It On""Let's Mow The Lawn"The Parody Author
"I Heard It Through The Grapevine""I Heard It At The Car Wash"The Parody Author
"Let’s Get It On""Let’s Wash The Cat"The Parody Author
"Let’s Get It On""Let’s Wash The Car"The Parody Author
"Sexual Healing""Minimal Feelings"the_conqueror_of_parodies
"I Heard it Thru The Grapevine""I Heard It Thru The Fake News"Callmelennie
"Sexual Healing""Exophiala"John A. Barry
"Sexual Healing""The Rebirth of WYCC"Z-Police Productions, Inc.
"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

There are additional song parodies available.

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

Song Name
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
Let's Get it OnRape Crisis CenterDavid R
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
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
Does Your Mother Know?
What's Going On?
   Marvin Gaye
Does Your Mother Know What's Going On?
I Want You To Know
   The Everly Brothers
What's Going On
   Marvin Gaye
I Want You To Know What's Going On
Gotta Tell You
   Samantha Mumba
What's Going On
   Marvin Gaye
Gotta Tell You What's Going On
Tell Him
   The Exciters
What's Going On
   Marvin Gaye
Tell Him What's Going On
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
Ironically, the band Gaye Bykers On Acid was formed a few months after Marvin's untimely death.
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 from a gay mom?
Original Lyrics:
Don't you know I heard it through the grapevine?
"I Want You"
Misheard Lyrics:
I rub you the right way
Original Lyrics:
I want you the right way
"What's Going On"
Misheard Lyrics:
Martha, Martha
Marsha, Marsha
Masha, Masha
Original Lyrics:
Mother, mother
"What's Going On"
Misheard Lyrics:
Dr. Lean
Dr. Mean
Dr. Clean
Original Lyrics:
Talk to me
There are additional misheard lyrics available.

Misheard Lyrics Stories:

"Let's Get It On"
Misheard Lyrics:
Let's get Marvin
Original Lyrics:
Let's get it on

Story about this misheard lyric by: Cody Finke

Sounded like he was namedropping himself in this song.

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

Song Lyrics That Mention Other Songs:

"Sexual Healing"
The Song Lyrics:
Oh baby now let's get down tonight.
Song They Mention:
"Get Down Tonight" by KC & The Sunshine Band.
Submitted by: Ariane

Songs That Open With Their Titles:

"I Want You"
Opening Lines:
I want you (& I want you) the right way.
Submitted by: Brian Kelly
"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
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:

"Alex Hugs Lanie" originally "Sexual Healing"
Submitted by: Anna Graham
"Hug Alexis, Neal" originally "Sexual Healing"
Submitted by: Anna Graham
"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

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
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.
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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