[Note: Originally posted on Feb 24, 2011. Updated with notes and new observations]
I first wrote about this song 8 years ago. I haven’t ported that post over to this platform yet, but to summarize:
- Marvin Gaye had an affair with a 17-year old woman by name of Janis Hunter (his muse for the classic I Want You album).
- Anna (his then wife) filed for divorce and Marvin was forced to pay a large sum of money.
- Marvin was going through the nose candy like Tony Montana; as a result he can’t pay everything.
- The lawyers negotiate an agreement that some of the payment would come from Marvin’s next album.