"Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky)" as written by Elgie Rousseau Stover, Marvin P Gaye and Anna Gaye....
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
Self-destruction 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 believe me

Flying high in a friendly sky
Oh baby, flyin' high


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    General Commenti think this song is about drug addiction. perhaps marvin gaye's own drug addiction. i love the line: well i know i'm hooked, my friend, to the boy who makes slaves out of men" slaves out of men. yeah, that's what addiction does to you. working and working for no gain, really, tiring yourself out, you're under the control of something/one other than yourself. what you do is merely for "it". strong lyrics. i love marvin gaye.
    mOOdymellOwon July 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAgree with moody.I'm sure it's about Marvin's struggles with drug addiction
    "And I go to the place where the good feelin' awaits me
    Selfdestruction in my hand"
    Amazing!
    donexileon March 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGoing with the overall story of What's Going On, this song is about a Vietnam Vet who became hooked on drugs while on tour and is now back home in the US trying to deal with his addiction. He goes back to his vice because it is the one thing that he can connect from his time in the war to his time back home. Nothing from home made sense in Vietnam and nothing from Vietnam makes sense back home but his drugs are the one thing that he can experience in both places. He knows it's slowly killing him but he needs to find the only comfortable place he knows and by the end of the song he accepts that fact again at least for another night. Just my take.
    MotoGPBoyon November 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is heartbreaking, every line so well chosen, one of the most harrowing songs you'll ever hear about drugs. We lost a true genius.
    AmarothVartaakon July 13, 2011   Link

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