(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave

Album: Heat Wave (1963)
Charted: 4
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  • Whenever I'm with him
    Something inside
    Starts to burning
    And I'm filled with desire
    Could it be a devil in me
    Or is this the way love's supposed to be?

    It's like a heat wave
    Burning in my heart (It's like a heat wave)
    I can't keep from crying (It's like a heat wave)
    It's tearing me apart

    Whenever he calls my name
    Soft, low, sweet, and plain
    Right then, right there, I feel that burning flame
    Has high blood pressure got a hold on me
    Or is this the way love's supposed to be?

    It's like a heat wave
    Burning in my heart (It's like a heat wave)
    I can't keep from crying (It's like a heat wave)
    It's tearing me apart

    Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
    Ooh, heat wave
    Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
    Ooh, heat wave

    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
    Now that funny feeling has me amazed
    Don't know what to do, my head's in a haze
    It's like a heat wave

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
    (But it's all right, girl)
    Oh
    (Go ahead, girl)
    Yeah, yeah
    (Well, it's all right, girl)
    Oh
    (Can't miss it, that's love, girl)
    I feel it burning
    (Don't pass up this chance)
    Right here in my heart
    (It sounds like a true romance)
    Don't you know it's like a heat wave?

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (Burning, burning)
    Oh (Burning, burning, burning)
    Yeah, don't you know it's like a heat wave?
    Burning right here (Burning, burning, burning)
    In my heart (Burning, burning, burning)
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (Burning, burning)
    Oh (Burning, burning, burning)Writer/s: EDWARD JR. HOLLAND, LAMONT DOZIER, BRIAN HOLLAND
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Comments: 17

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaMichael you will find that forever. Have heard a song by Brooks and Dunn and the drum pattern on the end is almost exactly like the old song Tequilla.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaTo me some of the Funk Brothers best stuff was when they played for the Vandellas. You can pull the lyrics out of the song and it still cooks.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 28th 1963, "Heat Wave" by Martha and the Vandellas entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #82; and on September 15th, 1963 it peaked at #4 {for 2 weeks} and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100 {and for 6 of those 14 weeks it was on the Top 10}...And on September 8th, 1963 it reached #1 {for 4 weeks} on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...Phil Collins covered the song in 2010, his version peak at #28 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NySince "Quicksand" is not on SongFacts and followed "Heat Wave" onto to the Top 100, I decided to post it here...
    On this day in 1963 (December 29th) "Quicksand" by Martha and the Vandellas peaked at #8 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on November 23rd and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #7 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Between 1963 and 1972 the group had twenty-five hits on the R&B Singles chart; with eleven making the Top 10 and two reaching #1 ("Heat Wave" in 1963 and "Jimmy Mack" in 1967).
  • Buddah from New York, NyThere's also an underground live recording of Martha and Springsteen doing this together in Detroit. The song is 50 years old and still hot!
  • Gerard from Toulouse, FranceFor anyone who has worked with teenagers a whole lifetime, or has the slightest rememberance of one's own teenage years, Heatwave doesn't need much explaining! The narrator is just dying to have sex for the first time, and she/he experiencing physical and mental changes she/he has never known before, and wonders what the hell it's all about, full stop!
  • Michael from Columbus, OhI wonder where Holland-Dozier-Holland got the inspiration for the melody. Some of this song is identical to All My Lovin' by the Beatles. The tempo is almost identical. The melody with words from Heatwave starting with "Whenever" and ending with "inside" is almost identical to the melody with the words from All My Lovin' starting with "Close your eyes" and ending with "true". Both the words "Close your" and "Whenever" are sung a cappella (singing with out instruments). I play bass and some of the music can be played identically on the bass in either song. Just something I noticed since I play both songs. Both songs are great.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyAs already noted "Quicksand" and "Live Wire" sounded very much like "Heat Wave". But I guess the buying public didn't mind the second time around, for "Quicksand" peaked at #8, but "Live Wire" wore out it's welcome, it only reached #42!!!
  • John from Nashville, TnWhen this record came out, local California tv weathermen used this song to describe the heatwave that was going on in L.A.
  • John from Nashville, TnAfter "Heatwave", Holland/Dozier/Holland produced two soundalike followups for the girls-- "Quicksand" and "Live Wire. The former went top 10 pop, while the latter stalled outside the top 40.
  • Mrcleaveland from Cleveland,My favorite song of all time. Grinding sax, thumping bass, the harmony and woo-woos -- this song's got it all! It was great in '63 and is still great.
  • Kristin from Bessemer, AlThis song was featured in the movies "Carrie" starring Sissy Spacek and in "More American Graffiti"-
  • John from New York, NyI have to disagree with the songfact above which states this is a light and amourous pop song. Nothing about Martha and the Vandellas version is light at all. Burnin' Burnin' Burnin'
  • Michael from San Diego, CaI really like Linda Ronstadt's version of this great tune as well...you can still hear it on the radio alot, especially during the summer time.
  • Meredith from Wauwatosa, WiI think Whoopi did a pretty good job of covering it for Sister Act. Pretty good song.
  • Joshua from La Crosse, WiThe original version of this also appeared early in the 1995 Gene Hackman/Denzel Washington submarine thriller Crimson Tide.
  • Matthew from Milford, MaLike a heeeat waaaaave!
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