Interpretation:Jerry: Darryl, this song shares many similarities to the song Milkshake by Kelis. The song 'obviously' sounds as if it is all about sex but there is so much more to it than that. My deep understanding of this song came to me after I researched this ionic detox foot spa thing, watched a western, watched a couple medical shows and then listened to this song. Sometimes life is like that. You just have to see things in a certain order to reveal the deeper truthes of the matter.
This song truly is about healing. Though he uses sex as an example of how clearing substances from the body can help clear the mind and make you feel healthier, the point he is trying to get across should not be overlooked. Detoxifying the body is very important. In this song his woman is not only the doctor but she is the health care provider AND the pharmacy. So many problems could be cured if people frequently used the concept of detoxification used in Marvin Gaye's song Sexual Healing.
Darryl: Jerry, I believe you forgot the step between watching the Western and watching the medical shows. You know, when you started dragging on your hash pipe? The only thing more obvious than Marvin's "true meaning" is the fact that you yourself need some serious detoxification.
The only thing "Sexual Healing" is about is a man's single obsession with Sex. He obviously thinks only of his own needs and sees women as a means to his personal gratification.
Jerry: Darryl, if you were unable to make the obvious correlation between westerns and this song don't take it out on me. It's not that far of a leap to realize that sucking the snake poison out of the wound is not all that different from sucking the poison out of the snake, and I think we know what I'm talking about. Both have their own healing factor. Both get a poisonous substance out of the affected body. It's just common sense...
As for the medical shows, I've seen multiple shows that explain the big O, the end all be all healing part of sex, releases endorphins. These endorphins are similar to the chemical makeup of morphine. In addition to the pain relief that they could cause they are also believed to cause stress relief, and help with digestion as well as mood. There is plenty of scientific proof that sexual activities can be healing.
Darryl: I'd hate to be a nurse at your local HMO. I can just picture you getting a checkup. "I got me some heartburn, bitch! Kneel down and suck the poison out of me!"
I'm not arguing the benefits of good sex. This song, however, is all about a man using "healing" as an excuse to demand sex whenever and wherever he wants it, and it's about a woman who's entire self-worth is centered in pleasing her man. I lost count trying to count the number of times "I" or "me" is used. And then I look at the terrible demands and guilt trips placed on this poor woman. "I know you'll be there." "Get up, Get up, Get up, Get up." "Wake up, Wake up, Wake up, Wake up." (As if one command wasn't enough!) "I'm capsizing." "Open up and let me in." And just in case the listener doesn't get it: "That's good for me. And it's good for me and it's good to me." What a bastard!
Jerry: If I were to guess, and I believe odds are I'd be accurate, Marvin Gaye's revolutionary Sexual Healing is much like various other alternative healing choices such as acupuncture. It is not completely accepted as a viable method of treatment for everyday problems and thus not practiced by your everyday practitioner. So, sadly I would not be able to ask that service of a typical nurse at my HMO.
I am guessing the reason Marvin Gaye is not only willing but also not one bit remorseful for treating the woman that way is he is probably paying good money for her time. Until the true healing power of sex is revealed, others like Marvin will probably have to rely on what I like to refer to as SCP's, 'Street Corner Practitioners', to get the cure they are looking for. Since this is not covered by any health care providers presently this can obviously be very expensive.
Darryl: Damn government! I want universal, alternative health care and I want it now!
Jerry - Summary: Indeed. Until then we are stuck with getting our Sexual Healing from either the SCP's or the WIFE's, (Women Intensely Fascinated by Erections)...
Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing
Ooh, now let's get down tonight Baby I'm hot just like an oven I need some lovin' And baby, I can't hold it much longer It's getting stronger and stronger And when I get that feeling I want Sexual Healing Sexual Healing, oh baby Makes me feel so fine Helps to relieve my mind Sexual Healing baby, is good for me Sexual Healing is something that's good for me Whenever blue tear drops are falling And my emotional stability is leaving me There is something I can do I can get on the telephone and call you up baby, and Honey I know you'll be there to relieve me The love you give to me will free me If you don't know the things you're dealing I can tell you, darling, that it's Sexual Healing Get up, Get up, Get up, Get up, let's make love tonight Wake up, Wake up, Wake up, Wake up, 'cos you do it right Baby I got sick this morning A sea was storming inside of me Baby I think I'm capsizing The waves are rising and rising And when I get that feeling I want Sexual Healing Sexual Healing is good for me Makes me feel so fine, it's such a rush Helps to relieve the mind, and it's good for us Sexual Healing, baby, is good for me Sexual Healing is something that's good for me And it's good for me and it's good to me My baby ohhh Come take control, just grab a hold Of my body and mind soon we'll be making it Honey, oh we're feeling fine You're my medicine open up and let me in Darling, you're so great I can't wait for you to operate I can't wait for you to operate When I get this feeling, I need Sexual Healing