MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS

Heatwave – 1963

Whenever I’m with him
Something inside
Starts to burnin’
And I’m filled with desire

Could it be the devil in me
Or is this the way love’s supposed to be

Just like a heatwave
Burning in my heart
Can’t keep from cryin’
It’s tearing me apart

Whenever he calls my name
So slow, sweet and plain
I feel, yeah, yeah, well I feel that burning flame

Has my blood pressure got a hold on me
Or is this the way love’s supposed to be

Just like a heatwave
Burning in my heart
Can’t keep from cryin’
It’s tearing me apart

Sometimes I stare in space
Tears all over my face
I can’t explain it, don’t understand it
I ‘ain’t never felt like this before

But that doesn’t mean it has me amazed
I don’t know what to do, my head’s in a haze

Just like a heatwave
Burning in my heart
Can’t keep from cryin’
It’s tearing me apart

Don’t pass up this chance
This time it’s a true romance

Heatwave

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ROLLING STONE “Alabama-born Martha Reeves sings about a guy who’s hot she gives her a fever over a high-energy R&B groove that was one of the earliest moments of genius for Motown’s Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team”

ROCK AND ROLL  HALL OF FAME “From the outset, Martha Reeves’ voice possessed an earthy, direct quality that distinguished her from other female singers – such as sultry Mary Wells or demure Diana Ross – at Motown.”

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