For years I’ve played it as a last song at parties of all sorts. All the drunks love to get down to it. The couples do a starry-eyed rotating hug to it. The fraternity boys loved to grind the sorority girls to it. And on one level, it’s perfect for all of those actions. Let’s get it on– the title says it all, right? Except it’s not just about sex and lust, right?
I’ve been really tryin’, baby
Tryin’ to hold back these feelings for so long
And if you feel, like I feel baby
Come on, oh come on
Let’s get it on
That doesn’t sound like lust at all, does it? Not that it would be a bad thing if that’s all it were. If the song were just a pick-up line, it would still be incredibly soulful and a beautiful piece of music, but it wouldn’t transcend pop music the way it does, and it wouldn’t be one of the better love songs I know. It’s because it’s simultaneously sexy AND loving that it is so good.
We’re all sensitive people
With so much to give, understand me sugar
Since we’ve got to be
I love you
That’s the point at which the song catches you off guard. The sultry music, the breathless vocals, and the pre-conceived notion of what “Let’s Get It On” must be all steer you in one direction, and suddenly he throws in an “I love you.” (And on a side note, has any singer EVER uttered those words in a more sensual fashion than Marvin Gaye does here? Doubtful.)
Best love song ever? Maybe.
Today’s Question: What do you think?