Heat Wave
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Lyrics


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Whenever I'm with him (ooh),
Something inside (inside)
Stars to burnin' (ooh)
And I'm filled with desire

Could it be a devil in me
Or is this the way love's supposed to be?
It's like a heat wave
Burnin' in my heart (like a heat wave)
I can't keep from cryin' (like a heat wave)
It's tearin' me apart

Whenever he calls my name
Soft, low, sweet and plain,
I feel, yeah, well,
I feel that burnin' flame

Has high blood pressure got a hold on me
Or is this the way love's supposed to be?

It's like a heat wave
Burnin' in my heart (like a heat wave)
I can't keep from cryin' (like a heat wave)
It's tearin' me apart

(Ooooh, oooh, heat wave)
(Ooooh, oooh, heat wave)

Sometimes I stare in space,
Tears all over my face
I can't explain it, don't understand it
I ain't never felt like this before

Now that funny feelin' has me amazed
I don't know what to do, my head's in a haze

It's like a heat wave

Yeah yeah yeah yeah
(Well, it's alright, girl)
Whoa-ho yeah
(Go ahead, girl)
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
(Well, it's alright, girl)
Ho yeah
(Ain't nothin' but love, girl)

Don't pass up this chance
It sounds like true romance

Don't you know it's like a heat wave?

Burnin' burnin'
Burnin' burnin' burnin'

Burnin' burnin' burnin'




Burnin' burnin' burnin'
(repeat and fade out)

Overall Meaning

"Heat Wave" is a song about the rush and passion of falling in love. The singer realizes that whenever she is near her lover, "something inside starts to burnin'" and she is filled with desire. She can't keep from crying because the overwhelming feeling is "tearin' me apart." She wonders if this intense desire is normal, or if something demonic has hold of her. She longs for her lover to call her name softly and sweetly so that she can feel the "burnin' flame" of love. She can't explain her intense emotions, and it makes her feel as if "my head's in a haze."


The song uses the metaphor of a heat wave to describe the intensity and passion of love. The singer feels as if her heart is on fire whenever she is with her lover. She wonders if this is how love is supposed to feel or if there is something more to it. The song captures the feeling of being in the throes of love, with all the confusion and chaos that comes with it.


Line by Line Meaning

Whenever I'm with him (ooh),
Every time I'm with him,


Something inside (inside)
My emotions,


Stars to burnin' (ooh)
Become intense,


And I'm filled with desire
And I feel a strong need for him.


Could it be a devil in me
I wonder if there's something wrong with me,


Or is this the way love's supposed to be?
Or if this is how love is meant to be felt and experienced.


It's like a heat wave
My feelings are as strong and powerful as a heat wave,


Burnin' in my heart (like a heat wave)
Burning up in my heart,


I can't keep from cryin' (like a heat wave)
Making me so overwhelmed and emotional that I can't stop crying,


It's tearin' me apart
Enough to break my heart.


Whenever he calls my name
Every time he calls out to me,


Soft, low, sweet and plain,
In his sweet, low voice,


I feel, yeah, well,
It makes me feel,


I feel that burnin' flame
The same intense passion and desire for him.


Has high blood pressure got a hold on me
I wonder if my high blood pressure is causing this,


Or is this the way love's supposed to be?
Or if this is just how love is supposed to feel like.


Ooooh, oooh, heat wave
Oh, a strong feeling of heat and passion,


Sometimes I stare in space,
Often I just space out and stare blankly,


Tears all over my face
Tears streaming down my face


I can't explain it, don't understand it
I can't make sense of this overwhelming feeling,


I ain't never felt like this before
I've never felt anything like this ever before.


Now that funny feelin' has me amazed
Now this funny feeling just confuses me,


I don't know what to do, my head's in a haze
I don't know how to react, I'm in a state of confusion.


Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yes, that's how it is,


(Well, it's alright, girl)
It's all okay,


Whoa-ho yeah
Wow, it is just so intense,


(Go ahead, girl)
Just let yourself go, girl,


Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Yes, that's how passionate it feels,


(Well, it's alright, girl)
It's all good, girl,


Ho yeah
Yes, it's very overwhelming,


(Ain't nothin' but love, girl)
It's just pure love, girl.


Don't pass up this chance
Don't let this moment slip away,


It sounds like true romance
It's what true romance feels like.


Don't you know it's like a heat wave?
Yeah, it's like an intense wave of passion.


Burnin' burnin'
Burning, burning,


Burnin' burnin' burnin'
Burning, burning, burning,


repeat and fade out
The intensity of my emotions keeps building up until it ends.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Adam Levine, James Valentine, Jesse Royal Carmichael, Mickey Madden, Ryan Michael Dusick

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Comments from YouTube:

50Emerald

As a 61-year-old, I say that this is the finest song ever to come out of Motown -- just *love* it! It was released in August, 1963, during a real heat wave!

officialmacmillan

love this tune so much. whenever i listen to it i wanna dance, break up everything and just party around, kissin and feelin free. love the energy!

Antônio Carlos Guimarães

Gostei demais, aliás músicas antigas é comigo mesmo.

Wolf251982

This is definately a great song to end the summer with!

TheShaman74

what a masterpiece ..... 60s is my favourite decade in music

Joe Hylton

First concert I ever went to ... September 1969, Stevie Wonder supported by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas at Hammersmith Odeon. I was a 13 year old boy from Shepherds Bush, the music sent shivers up and down my spine and I've never forgotten it to this day! I think me and my mate paid 50p each to get in - That was the day I fell in love with Tamla Motown .... and my feelings haven't changed!

artistsixteen

This music makes me feel forever young!!!!Thats powerful,Thank You Barry Gordy

mkl62

A #1 hit for Martha and The Vandellas on the Rhythm & Blues charts. It was the 117th #1 R&B song of the Rock Era. It also hit #4 on the Top 40 charts. And this new record company, Motown, was gaining steam.

Aurum_H2

Two dislikes? how the heck can you dislike Martha Reeves and the Vandellas? this is real music right here!

Xtra BaSe HitZ

one of if not the best intro to any song ever

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