How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor

June 11, 2022

“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” is a popular song by American singer-songwriter James Taylor. Its original version was released in 1964 by Marvin Gaye and was an immediate success on both the pop and adult contemporary charts. James Taylor’s version of the same song was released in 1975.

James Taylor has been an iconic singer-songwriter, both in the folk and classic rock genres, for more than five decades, and he is among the singers who have left as deep a mark on American music.

Fun Facts About How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

  • James Taylor’s version of “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” is the most successful remake of the song to date.
  • Marvin Gaye sang the original version of “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You).”
  • “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” was Taylor’s lead single for his 1975’s Gorilla album.
  • This song takes on a calmer, more introspective tone than most of James Taylor’s songs.
  • James Taylor had originally wanted to call the song “To Be Loved” instead of “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You).”
  • After the success of this song, Taylor continued recording R&B songs as he applied his soft-rock approach

Lyrics

How sweet it is to be loved by you

How sweet it is to be loved by you

I needed the shelter of someone’s arms

And there you were

I needed someone to understand my ups and downs

And there you were

With sweet love and devotion

Deeply touching my emotion

I want to stop and thank you, baby

I wanna stop and thank you baby, yes I do

How sweet it is to be loved by you

Feels so fine

How sweet it is to be loved by you

I close my eyes at night

Wondering where would I be without you in my life

Everything I did was just a bore

Everywhere I went it seems I’d been there before

But you brighten up for me all of my days

With a love so sweet in so many ways

I wanna stop and thank you, baby

I just wanna stop and thank you baby, oh yes

How sweet it is to be loved by you

It’s like sugar sometimes

How sweet it is to be loved by you

You were better to me than I was to myself

For me, there’s you and there ain’t nobody else

I wanna stop and thank you, baby

I just wanna stop and thank you baby, oh now

How sweet it is to be loved by you

How sweet it is to be loved by you

How sweet it is to be loved by you

It’s like jelly, baby, oh now

How sweet it is to be loved by you, oh now

How sweet it is to be loved by you

Just like honey to the bee baby, yeah now

Na, na, na, to be loved by you

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