How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) chords




You can learn how to play How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by Marvin Gaye!

A perfect wedding song we find in How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You by Marvin Gaye, although if this is the first dance, do make sure the band is referring to the same version or you’ll all start in different keys!

Released in 1964, Marvin’s version reached #3 and was up til then his most successful song. Written and produced by Motown’s main songwriting team, Holland-Dozier-Holland, and played by The Funk Brothers, this is another Motown classic you simply must know.

In 1975, James Taylor revamped the song by changing the key, adding stops, and lengthening the solo. His version would become even more well-known, and usually when you’re on a gig and this song is called, it is Taylor’s version they mean.

As a super pro, you should know both versions so let’s take a look at how they differ by studying the chords and lyrics, starting with the original.


How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) chords and lyrics – Marvin Gaye


| F | Dm7 G7 | C C6 | C (C7) |
How sweet it is to be loved by you, yes baby, oh, oh, oh, oh.
| F | Dm7 G7 | C C6 | C Dm7 |
How sweet it is to be loved by you. Oh, baby.

||: C | Am Am7 | G7 | F :||
I needed the shelter of someone’s arms and there you were.
I needed someone to understand my ups and downs and there you were.

||: C | F | C | F :||
With sweet love and devotion, deeply touching my emotions.
I wanna to stop (stop) and thank you baby. I wanna to stop (stop) and thank you baby.

| F | Dm7 G7 | C C6 | C (C7) |
Hey now, how sweet it is to be loved by you, oh baby.
| F | Dm7 G7 | C C6 | C Dm7 |
How sweet it is to be loved by you, yes it is.

||: C | Am Am7 | G7 | F :||
I close my eyes at night, and wonder what would I be without you in my life.
Everything was just a bore, everything I did seems I’ve done there before.

||: C | F | C | F :||
But you brightened up for my days, With a love so sweet in so many ways.
I wanna to stop (stop) and thank you baby. I’d wanna to stop (stop) and thank you baby.

| F | Dm7 G7 | C C6 | C (C7) |
Hey, hey, how sweet it is to be loved by you, oh yes it is, baby.
| F | Dm7 G7 | C C6 | C Dm7 |
How sweet it is to be loved by you, yes it is baby.

| C | Am Am7 | G7 | F |

||: C | F | C | F :||
You were better to me than I’ve been to myself. For me there’s you and and nobody else.
Stop (stop) and thank you baby. I wanna to stop (stop) and thank you baby.

| F | Dm7 G7 | C C6 | C (C7) |
Oh, oh, how sweet it is to be loved by you, tell the truth baby.
| F | Dm7 G7 | C C6 | C (C7) |
How sweet it is to be loved by you, well it’s like sugar in my soul.
| F | Dm7 G7 | C C6 | C (C7) |
How sweet it is to be loved by you, oh yes it is baby.


How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) chords and lyrics – James Taylor


| C | Am7 D7 | G (C/G) | G G7 G6 G |
How sweet it is to be loved by you.
| C | Am7 D7 | G (C/G) | G Am7 |
How sweet it is to be loved by you.

||: G | Em7 | D7 | C7 C :||
I needed the shelter of someone’s arms and there you were.
I needed someone to understand my ups and downs and there you were.

| G | C7 C | Em7 | C (C7) |
With sweet love and devotion, deeply touching my emotion.
| G | C | G N.C | N.C (G F E D) |
I want to stop and thank you, baby. I wanna stop and thank you baby, yes I do.

| C | Am7 D7 | G (C/G) | G G7 G6 G |
How sweet it is to be loved by you, feels so fine.
| C | Am7 D7 | G (C/G) | G Am7 |
How sweet it is to be loved by you.

||: G | Em7 | D7 | C7 C :||
I close my eyes at night, wondering where would I be without you in my life.
Everything I did was just a bore, everywhere I went it seems I’d been there before.

| G | C7 C | Em7 | C (C7) |
But you brighten up for me all of my days, with a love so sweet in so many ways.
| G | C | G N.C | N.C (G F E D) |
I wanna stop and thank you, baby. I just wanna stop and thank you baby, oh yes.

| C | Am7 D7 | G (C/G) | G G7 G6 G |
How sweet it is to be loved by you, it’s just like sugar sometimes.
| C | Am7 D7 | G (C/G) | G Am7 |
How sweet it is to be loved by you.

||: G | Em7 | D7 | C7 C :||
Woah, yeah.

| G | C7 C | Em7 | C (C7) |
You were better to me than I was to myself. For me, there’s you and there ain’t nobody else.
| G | C | G N.C | N.C (G F E D) |
I wanna stop and thank you, baby. I just wanna stop and thank you baby, oh yes.

||: C | Am7 D7 | G (C/G) | G G7 G6 G :||
How sweet it is to be loved by you.
How sweet it is to be loved by you, oh now.
How sweet it is to be loved by you, It’s like jelly, baby, oh yeah.
How sweet it is to be loved by you, just like honey to the bee baby.
How sweet it is to be loved by you.
How sweet it is to be loved by you.


How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) chord progression

Let’s go through each section and compare the two versions, starting with the chorus.

| F | Dm7 G7 | C C6 | C (C7) |
| F | Dm7 G7 | C C6 | C Dm7 |

Starting on chord IV we stay in the key of C, only adding a C7 to pull us back to chord IV.

Here’s James Taylor’s version, now in the key of G.

| C | Am7 D7 | G (C/G) | G G7 G6 G |
| C | Am7 D7 | G (C/G) | G Am7 |

Instead of a 6 chord in bar three, we get a slash chord, extremely similar. In bar four we continue down from dom7 to 6.

Here’s the verse, starting with Marvin:

||: C | Am Am7 | G7 | F :||

Taylor’s is very similar, he just likes the extensions more.

||: G | Em7 | D7 | C7 C :||

Next, let’s look at the bridge, this is when James changes it up. First, Marvin, who just goes between I – IV, like this

||: C | F | C | F :||

James reharmonizes this, adds extensions, and stops.

| G | C7 C | Em7 | C (C7) |
| G | C | G N.C | N.C (G F E D) |

Clearly, the bridge is the greatest difference and why you need to make sure what version you’re all playing. It’s not just the key that is different.

Finally, the solo is twice as long in James Taylor’s version, another possible hurdle where you as a band could sound confused if the singer goes early.


The Funk Brothers

Motown’s house band didn’t have an official name, only they knew they were the Funk Brothers.

The band played on pretty much everything Motown released until ’72 when they relocated to Los Angeles and the band found a note on the hit factory door.

Go to The Funk Brothers – Biography.


Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye helped to shape the Motown sound as a drummer, session singer, writer, lead singer, and producer in the 60s and 70s.

Marvin’s hits include I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Can I Get A Witness, and politically fueled What’s Going On.

Go to Marvin Gaye – Biography.


Holland-Dozier-Holland

Lamont Dozier and brothers Eddie and Brian Holland were Motown’s main songwriting team in Motown’s hit factory during the 60s.

Their hits are so many and their influence is so great it is a mystery how their names are not more widely known.

Go to Holland-Dozier-Holland – Biography.


The Professional Guitarist Song Book

As a guitarist, a repertoire is the greatest asset that you can acquire.

Learn these songs and you can progress from being a bedroom player to working with acoustic duos, Jazz trios, Indie/Rock/Party bands as well as large Soul/Motown ensembles.

Go to Song Book.


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