Heat Wave
Martha and 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

The lyrics to Martha and the Vandella's song "Heat Wave" are about the intense feelings of desire and passion that the singer experiences when she is with her lover. She describes the feeling as a "heat wave" burning in her heart and tearing her apart. The lyrics suggest that these intense feelings are not necessarily a good thing, as they are overwhelming and difficult to control. The singer questions whether this is the way love is supposed to be or if there is something wrong with her.


The lyrics are also suggestive of a darker side to the singer's feelings, as she wonders if there is a "devil" in her that is causing her to feel this way. The lyrics are full of imagery that reinforce the intensity of the singer's emotions, such as "tears all over my face" and a "burning flame" inside her. It is clear that the singer is consumed by her feelings and unable to resist them.


Line by Line Meaning

Whenever I'm with him (ooh),
Every time I see him, there is an indescribable feeling that comes over me.


Something inside (inside)
There is an inner turmoil that starts to grow and consume me.


Stars to burnin' (ooh)
It feels like the stars are exploding and my world is crashing down around me.


And I'm filled with desire
I am overwhelmed with a strong craving to be near him.


Could it be a devil in me
I sometimes wonder if there is an evil presence within me.


Or is this the way love's supposed to be?
Is this just how love is supposed to feel?


It's like a heat wave
It feels like a sudden rush of intense heat.


Burnin' in my heart (like a heat wave)
It's like a fire that is raging out of control within me.


I can't keep from cryin' (like a heat wave)
I am so overwhelmed with emotions that I can't stop crying.


It's tearin' me apart
It feels like it is ripping me into pieces.


Whenever he calls my name
Every time he says my name, it feels like music to my ears.


Soft, low, sweet and plain,
The sound of his voice is tender and soothing.


I feel, yeah, well,
It's a feeling that I can't quite put my finger on.


I feel that burnin' flame
It feels like there is a fierce burning inside me.


Has high blood pressure got a hold on me
I sometimes wonder if I am under some sort of spell or curse.


Or is this the way love's supposed to be?
I cannot help but wonder if love is just supposed to feel this way.


Sometimes I stare in space,
There are times when I am lost in my own thoughts.


Tears all over my face
I find myself crying for reasons I cannot explain.


I can't explain it, don't understand it
Even I don't understand all of these intense emotions.


I ain't never felt like this before
These feelings are all new to me.


Now that funny feelin' has me amazed
It's funny how one person can change everything.


I don't know what to do, my head's in a haze
I don't know what the future holds, and it's hard to focus.


Yeah yeah yeah yeah
A taunting reminder of the situation.


(Well, it's alright, girl)
A comforting assurance that everything will be okay.


Whoa-ho yeah
A jubilant exclamation of love.


(Go ahead, girl)
A gentle push to follow her heart.


Ain't nothin' but love, girl
All of these emotions are just the result of love.


Don't pass up this chance
She is urging herself to take a chance on love.


It sounds like true romance
Despite the tumultuous emotions, it feels like love.


Burnin' burnin'
Love is like a raging fire.


Burnin' burnin' burnin'
These emotions are all-consuming.




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

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@no7734

Music so moving can change your entire perspective of things, like this song.
The memory still burns into my mind to this day.

I went to a simple dance party alone with lots of students, the purpose of me attending this school party was to meet a guy there, I guess you can say my platonic "date", we weren't together, I only knew this man for a few months. I remember wearing just a simple white dress and had my hair in big curls that landed down to my shoulders and wearing only one coat of mascara. I was waiting by the DJ and he decided to play some oldies. People were dancing and everyone was having a good time.

This song played as my "date" entered the school gym, I never noticed how handsome he was until that night. He was wearing a black biker jacket and levis jeans, his jawline was sharp and his cheeks were deeper than how I would usually see them. He had his hair slicked back and his bright smile lit the room with a dash of confidence in his step.

My heart JUMPED the moment Martha Reeves powerfully sang that first verse, he was greeting other people with that gorgeous smile while he was walking in... Then I realized as he was glancing left and right with those beautiful hazel eyes, he was trying to look for me.
My casual behavior disappeared, I was a nervous wreck. He was walking closer to my direction and I quickly ran into the bathroom across the gym with my face burning and my hands sweating. Looking at my reflection my arms and face were completely red. After I freshened up, I couldn't even speak right. I stepped out of the restroom and I immediately found him walking around and I just stood there mesmerized by his presence and looking at him for I don't know how long. When he finally saw me, I couldn't stop trembling. He licked his lips and smiled as he was cutting through the crowd not leaving his eyes from mine.
However in the end, we didn't end up together, I lost touch with him. But every time I listen to this song I think of that unforgettable night. Music is supposed to move you at a time of crisis or bliss. That is when you know the music is raw and real when it touches the right spot in your soul.



All comments from YouTube:

@ABritInThePhilippines

This is totally awesome...

@drivinsouth651

They are the hottest girls in rock and Motown and they are the heatwave! Absolutely, fabulous! Mucho Caliente! Thanks for posting!

@billytaylor8154

They be jumping.

@user-gj7tc6gt2p

Thanks for using the word "awesome". I feel it's not used enough these days...

@nativegemini81

Same here!

@anapittre9147

@Tom Bergere

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@sammiddleton6619

This is one of the songs that will still be talked about in 100 years time, absolutely timeless.

@purpledragon115

It isn't even talked about today

@ElronHumpperdink

NoMercy edgy response

@richardpetrey1400

Amen!!!! They don’t make them like this anymore!!!!!!!!!!

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