Song of the Day #4,126: ‘You Sure Love to Ball’ – Marvin Gaye

Our next 1973 album comes courtesy of Mr. Marvin Gaye, who followed up his seminal 1971 political album with one of the greatest albums ever made about sex: Let’s Get It On.

Gaye grew up physically and emotionally abused by his minister father, who instilled in the young man a deeply troublesome view of sex that contributed to bouts of impotence. Not exactly the mental image you get of the man who sang ‘Let’s Get It On’ and the rest of the slow-funk love jams featured on this album.

Gaye’s Let’s Get It On demonstrated a healthier view of sexuality, one he came to by diving deeper into his spirituality (and away from the more restrictive religious views of his father). This baby-making album is rooted in pain and salvation.

So think of that as you listen to the simulated lovemaking during the intro of ‘You Sure Love to Ball,’ one of the album’s three singles. It’s not just dirty; it’s deep.

Note: Sadly, Gaye’s tortured relationship with his father culminated in the man fatally shooting him in the chest a day before Marvin’s 45th birthday.

[Intro]
Ooh Baby please turn yourself around
Ahh baby so I can love you
Ohh baby
I’ll make you feel so good
Ohh sugar, just like you want me to

[Chorus]
Ohh baby, you sure love to ball
Ohh baby, you sure love to ball

[Verse 1]
Ohh honey, I hope you never freeze
I love you, I love you so much
Ohh baby baby, don’t ever go away
Ohh stay with me baby, I’ll love you night and day

[Chorus]
Ohh baby, you sure love to ball
Ohh baby, you sure love to ball

[Verse 2]
Ohh now, I just love you that’s all
I’ve got my mind made up baby
There are no doubts (Ohh baby)
That you’re my foxy lady, foxy lady

[Chorus]
Ohh baby, you sure love to ball
Ohh baby, you sure love to ball

[Verse 3]
My lady my baby sure does love to ball
(On my mind there’s[?])
All I know that if we should ever
Ever, ever ever ever part
That one day will surely break my heart
Got to get ready, got to get ready

[Chorus]
Ohh baby, you sure love to ball
Ohh baby, you sure love to ball

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,126: ‘You Sure Love to Ball’ – Marvin Gaye

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I suspect this album was one of the inspirations behind Jimmy Fallon’s Slow Jamz.

    Meanwhile, fatally shot by his father? What the hell? I didn’t know that!

  2. Peg says:

    Yes I remember that one of them shot the other. Too bad it was the wrong one 😢

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