It Took Me By Surprise I Must Say

It Took Me By Surprise I Must Say

Apologies for my late submission for today’s Song Lyric Sunday. We had to attend to an emergency over the past few days and was unable to set aside any time to finish off the post I had half-prepared. This week’s theme is one that I was very much looking forward to. Motown means so much to the history of modern music and has endured lasting popularity.

In my opinion, nobody quite represents motown quite like Marvin Gaye. I still vividly remember the first time I heard one of his tracks when I was just a child. Although the lyrics are essentially about the unfaithfulness of a partner, I love everything about the arrangement of this track and the unforgettable vocals from Marvin.

Credits: Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong

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
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3 thoughts on “It Took Me By Surprise I Must Say

  1. A man who finds out his woman is cheating on him through the grapevine, and this became Gaye’s first #1 hit. Great choice Lady A. and you are never late for Song Lyric Sunday.

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