"You're the Man"
is a two-part 1972 funk
single released by American soul
singer Marvin Gaye
on the Tamla (Motown
) label. On this song, Gaye blatantly attacks the policies set by the government which he felt had not giving people in America
the benefits to live in society. The song was a blatant attack on the then-U.S.
president Richard Nixon
during a tense election year and a song in which an angry yet falsetto Gaye blurted "politics and hypocrites/is turning us all into lunatics". The song's then-controversial message was probably too much for Motown
, who Gaye felt had neglected radio play of the song, which led to Gaye's withdrawing of the album of the same name later that year. The song rose to number seven on the R&B singles chart and stalled at number fifty on the pop singles chart. The parent album of this song has still yet to be released by Motown. Another version of the song featured a faster tempo version with a tenor
Gaye singing in his trademark vocal multi-tracking.
Both versions were released on the Deluxe reissue of Let's Get It On.