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I Heard It Through the Grapevine
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I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Marvin Gaye
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Song Meaning of I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye, and what it is about


Producer for Motown Norman Whitfield was known for recording the same song with various acts and altering the arrangement each time.


Some of the label's musicians were frustrated by this, but occasionally he would have a brilliant idea, like with Marvin Gaye's 1968 cover of "Grapevine," which Gladys Knight had made popular the year before.


Gaye initially opposed recording the song, but Whitfield and co-writer Barrett Strong gave it a slower, ethereal beat, and the result was the bestselling Motown single of the decade.


Gladys Knight & the Pips released the first version, which peaked at number two in the US, number three in Canada, and number 47 in Canada. The most well-known song is from Marvin Gaye's eighth studio album, In the Groove, and is by far his most well-known work. It peaked at number one in the UK and the US, second in Poland, third in South Africa, seventh in Ireland, and eighth in Canada. In 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival gave it another rendition as an eleven-minute song.


Song Lyrics of I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye


I bet you're wonderin' how I knew

'Bout your plans to make me blue

With some other guy you knew before

Between the two of us guys

You know I loved you more

It took me by surprise I must say

When I found out yesterday

Don't you know that I heard it through the grapevine

Not much longer would you be mine

Oh I heard it through the grapevine

Oh I'm just about to lose my mind

 

Honey, honey yeah.

I heard it through the grapevine

Not much longer would you be mine baby

 

I know a man ain't supposed to cry

But these tears I can't hold inside

Losin' you would end my life you see

'Cause you mean that much to me

You could have told me yourself

That you loved someone else

Instead I heard it through the grapevine

Not much longer would you be mine

Oh, I heard it through the grapevine

And I'm just about to lose my mind

 

Honey, honey yeah

I heard it through the grapevine

Not much longer would you be mine, baby

 

People say believe half of what you see

Some and none of what you hear

But I can't help but be confused

If it's true please tell me dear

Do you plan to let me go

For the other guy you loved before?

 

Don't you know I heard it through the grapevine

Not much longer would you be mine, baby yeah

I heard it through the grapevine

I'm just about to lose my mind

Honey, honey, yeah

I heard it through the grapevine,

Not much longer would you be mine, baby yeah

 

Honey, honey, yeah

I heard it through the grapevine,

Not much longer would you be mine, baby yeah yeah

I heard it through the grapevine,

Not much longer would you be mine, baby yeah yeah

Release Date

1968

Songwriter/s

Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong

Producer/s

Norman Whitfield

Label/s

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