Song Lyric Sunday (29 March 2020) – Senses

Last week, Jim (NewEpicAuthor, A Unique Title For Me) set a theme of oaths (my selection). This week, he gives us the theme of senses.

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Soon as I heard the prompt this week, I had my choice.

I have no great tale today. I suppose in my formative years, I figured that I liked soul music, and as I listened to more and more of it, this was a track I really liked.

My choice today is by Jackie Wilson (1934-84). I heard Jackie Wilson on some of my cassettes, and just assumed he was a soul singer from the Sixties/Seventies (which was true), but I never heard his name around any more, though, so I wondered what happened to him. In fact, he spent his last years performing in Las Vegas – alongside people like Elvis – where he suffered a heart attack while performing. He never recovered and died shortly afterwards.

But Jackie left us with some sweet, sweet music. He was active right the way through the late 1950s (remember Reet Petite?) right until his death, and my choicee today comes from 1969. I Get The Sweetest Feeling, written by songwriters Van McCoy and Alicia Evelyn, was only a modrate hit, charting at #34 on Billboard (#12 on the R&B chart) and #9 in the UK. By the time I heard the track, Jackie was already gone.

In recent years, Jackie Wilson has received acclaim from various sources, for example his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but of course these were mostly postumous honours.

Anyway, the tune. Always one I enjoyed.

The closer you get
The better you look

The better you look
The more I want you

When you turn on your smile I feel my heart go wild

I’m like a child with a brand-new toy.
And I get the sweetest feeling

The sweetest – sweetest feeling –
The sweetest – sweetest feeling – loving you

The warmer your kiss
The deeper you touch me

The deeper your touch
the more you thrill me

It’s more than I can stand
When you hold my hand

I feel so grand that I could cry.

And I get the – sweetest feeling
The sweetest – sweetest feeling
The sweetest – sweetest feeling – loving you.

The greater your love
The stronger you hold me

The stronger your hold
The more I need you.
With ev’ry passing day I love you more in ev’ry way

I’m in love to stay and I wanna say.

I get the – sweetest feeling
The sweetest – sweetest feeling –
Honey’t the sweetest – sweetest feeling – loving you.

Van McCoy, Alicia Evelyn


  1. Thanks for sharing this Pete. I always liked Jackie Wilson, but I really don’t know all that much about him and I found your post very interesting. I always liked that song Lonely Teardrops that he sang, but this is a new one on me.

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      • 1987! Wow, it seems so long ago now. That was the year my 2nd son was born – New years day. We’d been to a party and I danced well into the early hours and I remember Reet Petite cos my ex used to have a great dance to it – which my youngest son does these days 🙂 It’s funny how one tune can bring back so many memories.


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