I Heard It Through The Grapevine Lyrics

I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

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I Heard It Through The Grapevine Lyrics

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 loved you more

It took me by surprise I must say (took me by surprise I must say)
When I found out yesterday (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 bell (I heard it through the grapevine not much longer would you be my 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 (you could have told me yourself)
That you loved someone else (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 bell (I heard it through the grapevine not much longer would you be my baby)

Instrumental

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 (do you plan to let me go)
For the other guy you loved before? (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, just about to lose my mind
Honey, honey heh

(I heard it through the grapevine not much longer would you be my baby yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Honey, honey I know that you let me go
(I heard it through the grapevine not much longer would you be my baby yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Said I hear it through the grapevine, Oh oh, I heard it through the grapevine
(I heard it through the grapevine not much longer would you be my baby)


Guitar Lessons


I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Step 1

Today we start working on a new song in Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through The Grapevine.

This song has a very clever chord progression. The home chord, Ebm, feels different depending on what section it appears in.

Go to I Heard It Through The Grapevine step 1.


I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Step 2 (Free Preview)

During the verse, the Ebm feels like the I chord of a blues.

Sure, the order and length of the chords are different from a standard blues, but the overall feel is there. It’s just that the I chord is now a Im chord.

Go to I Heard It Through The Grapevine step 2.


I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Step 3

Today we continue our study of the Motown classic. We do so by looking at the bridge.

As always, I’m giving you a bunch of examples to practice to loops. Use these as a starting point to develop your own parts.

Go to I Heard It Through The Grapevine step 3.


I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Step 4

You already played Ebm – Ab during the bridge. During the chorus, each of these chords gets a bar each.

This movement of a minor chord, a dom7 a 4th up is found naturally in a II – V.

Go to I Heard It Through The Grapevine step 4.


I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Step 5

In this lesson, we take a look at four sections that all use the same chord.

I like to keep this section improvised but before I’ll let you loose to do the same, here are six examples of what you could play. Learn them first.

Go to I Heard It Through The Grapevine step 5.


I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Step 6

Last time, you got six examples you could play over the intro, outro, and chorus tag. In this step I want you to improvise.

Keep the loop on for half an hour, keep improvising for this entire time.

Go to I Heard It Through The Grapevine step 6.


I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Step 7

It’s that time again – time to play the full song!

By practicing all sections individually you know this song by now, all that is left for me to do is give you the TAB.

Go to I Heard It Through The Grapevine step 7.


I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Step 8

It’s your turn, don’t just play what I did, take it somewhere else, keep improvising to the live band backing track on a loop for half an hour.

Don’t think about it as just one performance, instead, see it as an opportunity to discover the fretboard.

Go to I Heard It Through The Grapevine step 8.


Related Pages


Chords and Guitar Lessons

I Heard It Through The Grapevine is a Motown classic with a very clever chord progression.

All chords are as if from the key of Eb with just one chord being different, the Eb is a minor.

Go to I Heard It Through The Grapevine and guitar lessons.


Barrett Strong

Barrett Strong was the first artist on the Motown label to have a hit. The song was Money (That’s What I Want). Performed by Barrett, it was written by the president of the label and a sign of what was to come.

As well as having his own solo career, Barrett also wrote the lyrics to many of Motown’s biggest hits.

Go to Barrett Strong biography.


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 60’s and 70’s.

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

Go to Marvin Gaye biography.


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