I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Marvin Gaye Lyrics


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Ooh, 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 love 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
(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, well
(Heard it through the grapevine)
(Not much longer would you be mine, baby)

People say, "Believe half of what you see
Son, 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, I heard it through the grapevine
Ooh, I'm just about to lose my mind
Honey, honey, yeah
(Heard it through the grapevine)
(Not much longer would you be mine, baby, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

Honey, honey, I know (heard it through the grapevine)
(Not much longer would you be mine, baby)
That you're letting me go (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Said, I heard it through the grapevine (heard it through the grapevine)




(Not much longer would you be mine, baby)
Ooh, heard it through the grapevine (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

Overall Meaning

Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” tells the story of a man who learns from the grapevine (gossip) that his lover plans to leave him for someone she knew before him. He comes to terms with the fact that he loves her more than the other man does and cannot imagine life without her. Marvin sings about his confusion - wishing his lover would have told him herself instead of hearing it through the grapevine. Though he knows it is true, he asks her to let him go if she plans to leave him for her old flame. Throughout the song, Marvin expresses his pain, heartbreak, and anger in the most soulful way through his vocals.


Line by Line Meaning

Ooh, I bet you're wonderin' how I knew
I suspect that you're curious as to how I discovered


'Bout your plans to make me blue
About your intentions to cause me heartache


With some other guy you knew before
With a man from your past whom you're familiar with


Between the two of us guys
In the context of our relationship


You know I loved you more
I am aware that my affection for you was greater


It took me by surprise I must say
I must admit that it was unexpected


When I found out yesterday
Upon discovering this news just the day before


Don'tcha know that I heard it through the grapevine
Are you aware that I was informed of this through hearsay


Not much longer would you be mine
You will soon no longer be romantically committed to me


Oh, I heard it through the grapevine
Oh, I was informed of this through hearsay


Oh, I'm just about to lose my mind
Oh, I'm nearly losing my grip on reality over this news


Honey, honey, yeah
My darling, my dear


(I heard it through the grapevine)
(I was informed of this through hearsay)


(Not much longer would you be mine baby, ooh)
(You will soon no longer be romantically committed to me, oh)


I know a man ain't supposed to cry
I am aware that society suggests men should refrain from shedding tears


But these tears I can't hold inside
However, these tears are too uncontrollable to keep hidden


Losin' you would end my life you see
Losing you would be the end of me, you understand


'Cause you mean that much to me
Because you hold such immense value in my heart


You could have told me yourself
You had the ability to share this news directly with me


That you loved someone else
That you had developed romantic feelings for another person


Instead I heard it through the grapevine
However, I was informed of this news secondhand


And I'm just about to lose my mind
As a result, I'm on the verge of insanity


People say, "Believe half of what you see
It's often said to only trust half of what you witness


Son, and none of what you hear"
This advice is intended to convey the unreliability of hearsay


But I can't help but be confused
Despite this, I can't help feeling perplexed


If it's true please tell me dear
If this matter is factual, please confirm it with me, beloved


Do you plan to let me go
Are you intending to end our relationship


For the other guy you loved before?
In favor of the man from your past whom you have feelings for?


That you're letting me go (Not much longer would you be mine, baby)
That you're ending our romantic relationship soon, my dear


Said I heard it through the grapevine
I was informed of this news secondhand


(yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
(yes, yes, yes, yes)


Ooh, ooh I heard it through the grapevine
Oh, oh, I was informed of this news secondhand




Lyrics © Kanjian Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Tratore
Written by: Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong

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AD Renaissance

There are no words to really describe how his music makes you feel. Is the feeling like you are traveling through space and just looking at the amazing beauty of the sky. I feel this music down to the core of my soul.

Cherryl Holden

Well said and beautiful as this is just how I feel. I loved Marvin from the day I first felt the lyrics of his songs.

Patricia Seaton

I agree. I still get emotional listening to him. He helped form me in my youth. Tore a piece of me out when he died so tragically.

King Dingaling

💯 Since the 1st I ever heard anything Marvin as a Kid.


I got to perform as a Grape in a play @ my school in the 3rd grade and We did this Song.
Still a fun memory.
But His Music is Oh My Goodness…..that’s what I think when He comes in. So Great.
1 of A Kind Voice

Loretta _

That voice was a gift!

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Everblue Freediving

real instruments, real performance, real talent...real music. ..

RYUJIN

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Rodolfo Guimacargo

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Jan

and whats not a real music?

Jan

elliot lang that is as stupid answer as it sounds. Such a presumption might be way different to a different person than yourself, so no.

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