Song of the Day #387: ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

marvtamA little background, courtesy of Wikipedia:

The original 1967 version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was a top twenty hit. According to record producers, Terrell was a little nervous and intimidated during recording because she hadn’t rehearsed the lyrics. Terrell recorded her vocals alone with producers Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol, who added Gaye’s vocal at a later date.[1] “Ain’t No Mountain” peaked at number nineteen on the Billboard pop charts, and went to number three on the R&B charts.

Continuing:

This original version of “Ain’t No Mountain”, produced by Fuqua and Bristol, was a care-free, danceable, and romantic love song that became the signature duet between Gaye and Terrell. Its success led to a string of more Ashford/Simpson penned duets (including “You’re All I Need to Get By”, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing”, and “Your Precious Love”).

The Gaye/Terrell version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999, and is regarded today as one of the most important records ever released by Motown.

Listen, baby
Ain’t no mountain high
Ain’t no vally low
Ain’t no river wide enough, baby

If you need me, call me
No matter where you are
No matter how far
Just call my name
I’ll be there in a hurry
You don’t have to worry

‘Cause baby,
There ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you

Remember the day
I set you free
I told you
You could always count on me
From that day on I made a vow
I’ll be there when you want me
Some way,some how

‘Cause baby,
There ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you

No wind, no rain

My love is alive
Way down in my heart
Although we are miles apart
If you ever need a helping hand
I’ll be there on the double
As fast as I can

Don’t you know that
There ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you

Don’t you know that
There ain’t no mountain high enough
Ain’t no valley low enough
Ain’t no river wide enough

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #387: ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

  1. Amy says:

    Where is the song? :( I have always loved the second verse of this song so much. The words are incredibly simple, of course, but I just love the way the song moves from the chorus (how many songs start with the chorus?) into those lines.

    This is the ultimate love song.

  2. Clay says:

    I see the song embedded below the lyrics… are you not seeing it there?

  3. Dana says:

    I usually identify this song with the far more popular Diana Ross version, but the original is also quite wonderful.

    As to Amy’s question of starting off with the chorus, it’s certainly rare, but has been used in a number of very popular songs, including Journey’s Any Way You Want It,
    Brick House (Commodores), She Loves You and Can’t Buy Me Love (Beatles) Dancing Queen (ABBA), I Shot The Sheriff (Marley or Clapton). Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (Eurythmics), the god awful We Built This City (Starship), and We’re Not Gonna Take It (Twisted Sister)

  4. Amy says:

    Thanks for the quick Internet search, Dana :)

    Yup – the clip is there now, and WONDERFUL! Boy, do I love this song. What a cute video, too. I could post an American Idol clip for this song – of Sanjaya! But I won’t do it. I’ll spare both your audience, and poor Sanjaya from the ruthless comments that would be sure to follow. Oh, and he did perform the song during Diana Ross week, just to echo Dana’s sentiment that her version is probably the even better known one.

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