Marvin Gaye - Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky) Lyrics




Flying high in the friendly sky
Flying high without ever leavin' the ground, no
Rest of the folks are tired and weary
Oh Lord, and have laid their bodies down.
I go the place where danger awaits me
and it's bound to forsake me.
So stupid minded.
I can't help it
oh ya, so stupid minded.
But I go crazy when I can't find it,
In the morning, I'll be alright, my friend.
But soon the night will bring the pains,
The pain, oh the pain
Flying high in the friendly sky
Without ever leaving the ground
And I ain't seen nothing but trouble baby
Nobody really understands, no no
And I go to the place where the good feelin' awaits me
Selfdestruction in my hand
Oh Lord, so stupid minded
Oh and I go crazy when I can't find it
Well I know I'm hooked my friend
To the boy who makes slaves out of men.
And oh beleive me
Flying high in a friendly sky
Oh baby, flyin' high





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  1. edward speed

    The best ever recorded .

  2. RX TV

    Heroin. And love.

  3. Montana Vdberg

    flying high in a friendly sky ,,iant seen nothing but trouble baby nobody really  to understands ,,and i go to thr place were the feeling awaits me,self destruction in my hand ,,,, so stupid minded ,,,well i know i am hooked my  frienddestroyes you but nothing takes away the pain as good as this20 years clean nowfuck 12 steps fuck propgrams with their rules nobody is rthe same fuck these sekts making you think scared and  not beeing able to be strong by yourself fucck their ;meetings with their  hypocrates shares not telling bout mistakes every body makes mistakes every body has a new chance EVERY DAY yes you can if you want to   but w all have our higer power and willpower it will get you there believe me and funny enough helps with taking away your pain

  4. The Anime Devil

    This song isn't long enough

  5. Sekou Clincy

    It’s impossible to create another Marvin Gaye considering the forces affecting the African American family. Further, corporate America would not dare promote an album of this caliber today. So sad...Brother Marvin left is with a prophetic masterpiece.

  6. Alicia Young

    This is making me cry well Tears flow! Such Raw Pain But Came out in Beautiful Music! Love u Marvin Gaye 💖

  7. UNDERACHIEVAZ

    i dont why this song got me thinking of my mother and father who passed away ..God Bless R.I. P to the greatest Marvin Gaye

  8. Hurse City

    Tears flood my face damn this is beautiful pain

  9. Kenn Phelps

    Just a reminder to myself

  10. Motownlover Motownlover

    I love marvin since iam a young girl.. and I still do born 1968 .My hero sleep in peace

  11. Lou's House of Tunes

    Love Marvin and Jameson man, this whole album is one of my favorite masterpieces of all time.

  12. Greg Cook

    I will never understand this self inflicted destruction! People tell you from the time you are a toddler the dangers and yet they decide to do it! SMH!

  13. 187onamudafuckincop

    flying high first time hearing and I smoke weed im high just listening on a next level ... love every note freeeeeeeeeeee

  14. Jamarr Benson

    I played the hell out of this tape when I was in the penitentiary this song kept me humble in there

  15. sabrina brown

    Love this album too death!!! Reminders of my childhood because my mother used to play this album all the time!!! This was her clean the house album on Saturday mornings.

  16. Lesley Mensah

    ...and he who feels it, knows it.
    They wonder why the melanated man has some much soul in his DNA. They study it, they mimic, the expoloit it. And yet, they never quite capture it.
    But here they have their answer.

    He who feels it knows it🙏🏾

  17. gwendolyn smith

    Pure genius! So many Brothers have it if they would only use it. Thank you 🙏🏾 LORD FOR MR MARVIN GAYE.❤️🤷🏽‍♀️We all have a work no matter what color. The question is do you know your assignment? And do you comprehend what you read? Okay 👌 people don’t understand what has been written in the Bible. Why do you think 🤔 Jesus spoke in parables? They think that achievement and success in life is all there is to life? Really 🤷🏽‍♀️? Somebody play the Temptations “Take a stroll through your mind for these people. He told them to Touch not his anointed and do his prophets no harm. And they still don’t comprehend it? Back then it was drugs today it’s ignorance that makes slaves out of men. Drugs are still a factor in some cases. God put everything in a pattern of order. Ok does the world 🌎 look like it’s in God’s order? Let me ask you this🤷🏽‍♀️? Have you noticed a deterioration of things?🤷🏽‍♀️🙏🏾

  18. Charles Curry

    There should be college courses on analysing Marvin Gaye songs from this album.

  19. UNDERACHIEVAZ

    another hidden gem this song is so emotional in a cool way

  20. Curtis Woodley

    This whole album is so deep and thought provoking, untill it puts you in a place in time that'll never be forgotten.

  21. Andre Wilson

    The most profound lyric in any song “you know I’m hooked my friend to the boy who makes slaves out of men” if you’ve ever been hooked on heroine you know what I’m talking about

  22. gylendar love

    Love Marvin gaye he was a genius.

  23. gwendolyn smith

    What sensational lyrics!!!! Do they really know about this work????🤷🏽‍♀️🌎😭

  24. Lester Marrow

    Tremendous song from a true God,,,, although on another note please understand what's really being said by our fellow brother that rest in power.

    Love us before materialism that's actually a part of us,,, on down to gas, liquid and solid,,, through out the entire universe.

    Great but also a very great monumental song!!!!

    Marvin Gaye in reference to my up bringing as well as the real truth,,, was an still is,,,
    a greater leaders to the planet earth. No such Death or Beginning for such prophets exist,,, but also exist on so many different fashions.

    Yup very much complicated although truly understanding of who we really are,,, explains this song on so many different versions of why we are all one.

  25. Keys MateriaL

    This song used to make me cry when I was younger. I think it used to scare me; like I felt so bad for him.

  26. Vivian Armstrong

    This album is still so relevant in today's world with a president like Trump ~

  27. Olivia Smith

    I LOVE MARVIN GAYE'S MUSIC, BUT THIS ONE IS SO SAD TO ME! MARVIN IS SPEAKING OF HIS DRUG ADDICTION, AND HOW HE'S HOOKED!! OH GOD! THIS IS A TERRIBLE THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO SO MANY PEOPLE ON EARTH!!! MAY GOD SEVERELY PUNISH THE PEOPLE WHO SET FORTH THIS PLAGUE ON EARTH, THAT HAS CAPTURED AND DESTROYED SO MANY PEOPLE!!!! MARVIN'S SOUL IS CRYING OUT TO GOD FOR HELP, AS ALL GOD'S CHILDREN DO WHEN SOMETHING OR SOMEONE HAS A HORRIBLE GRIP ON OUR BODY'S AND SPIRIT!! MAY GOD REST YOUR SOUL IN HEAVEN FOREVER!!!!TO THE LATE GREAT MR MARVIN GAYE!!! LOVE OLIVIA!!!!

  28. Yvette Johnson

    Beautiful 😘😘❤💙

  29. Lawrence Black

    Might be the only song that can make this grown man cry.

  30. Patricia Peoples

    I agree about this being a great testament to addiction. There are two more to add to the list : " King Heroin " by James Brown, and " The Other Side" by Gil Scott Heron.

  31. Geraldine Duncan

    rest in God's hands Marvin

  32. Brian G.

    I had this album when I was young 19 or 20 (1986 or 87) and I didn't really get it (or didn't want to). Maybe when I listened again 15 yrs later realized the genius of Marvin Gaye and this album that is a direct hit on that time period.

  33. thomas matthews

    "Flying High In The Friendly Skies Without Even Leaving The Ground" Think about it...he said, " SELF DESTRUCTION'S IN MY HAND "

  34. Sean Miller

    This joint is so beautifully dark, one can't help but to see God's silver lining in all heavenly people, places & things.

  35. Roneisha Saylor

    Unfortunately this song is relevant more than ever in today's society.

  36. STREET TALK 4 THE SOUL

    brilliant.

  37. Jason Kindle

    **(LONG LIVE "MARVIN")"=G.100%

  38. Anthony Cobuccio

    can't listen to this one without getting choked up

  39. Kenya Nkhrumah

    A [email protected]/OneOfOurGreatestAfrikans. So Gentle, Yet So Strong & MightyThyeDivineBGeloved.

  40. Shawn Young

    HEAVY 🗣

  41. subschool5

    thank you for everything Marvin and James :)))

  42. Tj Taylor

    When he was HIGH he’s still better than these artist today!!

  43. Truetothe Game

    I stumbled upon this by no mistake. Came on the radio, never heard this before..was thinking about my deceased pops, who passed 9/30/18. He struggled with addiction since he was a teenager..R.i.p pops ..praying you found peace.

  44. Marion Whitfield

    Today we still love you and always will see you on the other side

  45. toni

    omg everyone is saying so deep can someone break this down

    Lawrence Black

    What do you want to know other than it's the greatest song of all time.

    toni

    @Lawrence Black it's really not but it is good just realized it is a song on his addiction to drugs so nvm

    Lawrence Black

    @toni It really is the greatest. Yes he was talking about addictions BUT there are so many possible meanings you can get from this great song. The plight of our world or even going to heaven. I can elaborate. Where are you from?

    toni

    @Lawrence Black well it's your opinion whether it is truly the greatest ever lol but i'm from west coast of cali

    Lawrence Black

    @toni True but I respect other people's opinions also. What types of music do you generally like? I'm from Detroit. Visit my website sometime and say hello. It's a clothing and music website at: www.phmstwclothingco.com

  46. chaz Whitfield

    Such an honest,bueatiful honest song about addiction. I lost family to this demon. Maybe they found the peace that escaped them in life. Thank you Lord for Marvin Gaye, I hated my dad so long for being unable to stop. Not being there for us. May he rest in peace.

  47. LilDudelol Wow

    My ALL-TIME favorite song. I was a teenager when I bought my first CD and this album was my first purchase. This song painted the picture of addiction and the struggles. Love this song

  48. Amanda Larkin

    Heroin, meth, crack, booze. It doesn't matter what it is. No one thinks that it's going to strike the first time they try it. But sooner or later. And usually sooner. That evil snake strikes and hangs on like it's evil life depends on it. And it does. Almost impossible to beat. But it can be beat. It's dark evil and the only thing that can beat it is the light. Keep with the light.

  49. psy beano

    Best album e ever. He's on the Night Shift now....

  50. Purnell Fuller

    This song has so much meaning.
    Unless you been there you will never understand it.
    Thank you Jesus
    #ONELOVE

  51. Dennis Tredwell jr

    And I go...

  52. Benjamin Joseph

    Man that bass is ferocious

  53. Famous Bowen

    Just imagine how Marvin Gaye music really affect our lives even after he's gone. Just imagine the people that play with this guy and imagine how they felt just making the music with him? That's what I call.... gratifying!!

  54. Leonard Henderson

    28 YEARS 5 MONTHS CLEAN !!

    Stanley Waters

    Stay strong my brother. 👏🏾👍🏾

    Daniel Lucas

    Proud of you man!

  55. Leonard Henderson

    FLYING HIGH THAN THE FRIENDLY SKY WITHOUT LEAVING THE GROUND !! I GO TO THE PLACE WHERE DESTRUCTION AWAITS ME AND I GO CRAZY WHEN I CANT FIND IT !! I LOVE THE LORD HE HEARD MY CRY !! JANUARY 23 1991 I FOUND FREEDOM FROM THE ADDICTION OF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL !!

  56. gwendolyn smith

    A true prophet of that time and still relevant in message today this is just a sample of the brilliance of Mr. Marvin Gaye, talent unmatched and unwavering ❤️🎁to the 🌎☝️more time Jesus 🙏🏾Thank you , One more time Jesus!!!🔥🔥🔥🤷🏽‍♀️👀🌎at the 💡

  57. MAHK THE MOST

    That dope aint no joke ...

  58. Matt Canney

    When you can't get help from anyone you'll go too the devil but Jesus is your friend just reach ok

  59. Matt Canney

    When you hurt you wanna get away OK

  60. Robert Sosa

    The pain = withdrawal.

  61. Leonard Henderson

    WHILE LIVING MY LIFE WITH MY THIRD EYE BLIND , I FOUND MYSELF WALKING IN THE NIGHTMARE OF MY DRUG ADDICTION TO ACCEPT THE REALITIES OF WHERE MY LIFE HAD TAKEN ME, SOMETIMES WALKING AND LIVING IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOWS OF DEATH , BECOMES NECESSARY TO OPEN OUR THIRD EYE SO THAT OUR LIFE DEVELOPS TRUE MEANING , PROVIDE US WITH A VISION AND THE MOTIVATION TO IMPLEMENT THAT VISION !!

  62. RICHARD LAVERSUCH

    "I ain't seen nothing but trouble...". This is how I felt on returning to Bath University in the autumn of 1980.

  63. Tiffy M

    Fire🔥🔥🔥

  64. Travis Wheeler

    Classic......Classic......

  65. Matt Canney

    Putting the devil in your mouth to kill that beast within

  66. junior boss

    This song brings strong chills it's so surreal if anyone ever been deep in drugs or the drug game, they know whasup wit this track,very real song

  67. Eye Cee Reality

    Flyin High in The Friendly Sky (Without Ever Leavin The Ground) Real Deep Kut Rite Here. Classic!

  68. Sherayx Sheracks

    Love u Marvin💕
    You tried to tell em...

    Sherayx Sheracks

    Thank you for highlighted comment.
    And sharing 💕

  69. Alicia Young

    He Was Singing in Pain!!!! But it Came Through in Beautiful Music
    Marvin oh How I Love You 💋

  70. Terry Hopkins

    My brother, Arthur Wright introduced me to this. Returning from Vietnam He was so influential in my life. I will always love you, Rudolph.

  71. Christophe Abiel

    These arrangements are really extraordinary.

    Christophe Abiel

    FUCK YOU

  72. jojohernandezGames

    sexiest bass sound for a song thats so heavy man... this album is an experience

  73. Kieron Johnson

    3:19 to 3:22 THAT VOICE... along with 'What's Happening Brother' this is the most unashamedly affecting song on the album. Up close and personal rather than a generalised lament about wars, the ecology and inner city blues. The core of possibly the greatest vocal album of all time.

  74. Greg B

    Simply beautiful

  75. D Mecca

    One of the most prolific albums ever made. I understand your genius Marvin. ❤❤

  76. BrianRocksOne

    Masterpiece

  77. Thomas Driver

    The struggle is real, I'm here to admit that because im dealing with that pain n addiction today. Pray 4 me

    TheScottlloyd305

    Keep the universe and it's positive energy around you. Every battle you may not work n but the war on your addiction is a long one so please never give up. People love you and want that person who was alive with hope, energy and love back...

    Thomas Driver

    Hey My Brotha, I wanna thank u for that positive message that u sent me , u just don't know how uplifting n moving it was to me . Those words of encouragement gave me alot to think about, but not only that ,it made my day. It is something that i will keep in mind n lean on when times get rough n hard, so thank u my brotha. May god bless u n urs . Thomas

  78. Charles 91771

    35 year ago today Marvin Gaye became an ancestor R.I.P. 😢😢😢

  79. Alicia Young

    Marvin Takes Us With Him in His Pain and Pleasures in Life. No Matter How Painful or Pleasurable His Journey Was at The Time He Was Experiencing it. His Lyrics and His Music Always Explicitly Elegant and Cool. Oh Marvin!!!! 💋

  80. Therese Barbee

    The one and only MARVIN GAYE lawd have mercy gone to soon his voice in this song was so powerful that his addiction of drugs he probaly were singing about his situation what powerful lyrics the man was a storyteller most of his songs he would sing were about his own life situation Marvin Gaye was a Awesome And gifted singer he was the one and only man can sing the way he did so poweful R.I.P. I never get tired of certain songs of The late great Marvin Gaye

  81. Winlzohw

    This song has a strange feel to it. I personally always imagine Marvin’s brother at war and breaking the clouds to see how beautiful everything is around him. For a moment he forgets he is at war and wonders why he couldn’t see this sky without the pain and death beneath him.

  82. Rosalind Williams

    You just can't find music like this anymore with the exception of gospel.

  83. Lynn Pritchett

    Help me somebody trying to keep my feet on the ground

  84. nia Clinkscales

    To the 81 people who didn't like this song yo momma should have swallowed you period smh

  85. Dequentin Potee

    Attic Squad Anthem Fest Devotional

  86. TrxllDaGxd

    Living hell

  87. Andre Thompson

    pookie from new jack city had me looking this up

  88. Pace T.V.

    Marvin was tellin folk wat was goin on with him personally in this song.
    Feel his pain!!!
    "But i go to the place where good feeling awaits me,
    Self destruction is in my hand...."

  89. Luiz Caniza

    Amazing song!! What a voice!!

  90. Kurt Adams

    My father was a heroin addict. God bless your Soul Frank Brown . RIP

  91. Kurt Adams

    Message in the music

  92. Joe Butcher

    No words need.....

  93. Corey Bell

    I play this So I will not Relapse on alcohol

    HeyitsPiper

    ❤💯

    Olivia Smith

    MAY GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT BE WITH YOU ALWAYS AND KEEP YOU AND YOURS STRONG, SAFE, AND FREE OF ANY KIND OF ADDICTIONS!!!! IN JESUS NAME I PRAY! AMEN!

    Jackie Ashley

    Get yourself help AAA now God bless

    FOLKS BELL

    You're a "Bell". You can do it. Love from the Bells in philly💯🌷

    Greg Matthews

    Corey my brother hang in there you can do it much love to you

  94. Heather Pickett

    In 2018

  95. Leeland Whitted

    Marvin is singing about a time where you just had to be there to understand it. He is referring to the first few years of the 1970's. Much of the addiction was from Black Vietnam Vets. They come home and get high to cope. Important when he says "Nobody really understands" and "self destruction is in my hands" What genius!! this is a masterpiece!! RIP Marvin

  96. Aletha J Songbird

    This song makes me hurt so bad inside, its not a disease. It man distruction to another man

  97. Warren Jordan

    I can relate to the lirics he is preaching.So real

  98. Delvin Arnold

    My all-time favorite album. Mother played it all the time when it came out back in 1971. The pain and raw emotion in the lyrics are incredible. And to think Berry Gordy didn't want him to record it because it was a socially conscious album. Album is prophetic!

    jim rock

    FUCK BERRY GORDY

    prentiss belton

    Berry is a sell out discrace

    prentiss belton

    Berry gordy was a weak sell out rat who destroyed florence bellard

    Will Locke

    This album is truly Marvin's musical masterpiece.