Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston - IT TAKES TWO

First performance: 13/04/2002


Coverinfo

Bruce played the song 5 times in full, always Off- Tour.
First used in 1984 as a snippet in ' shout '.
Starting from 1999, he also used a snippet of the song at the end of Two hearts in a duet with Little Steven. 
 
 
 
  • Twist And Shout includes a couple lines from "It Takes Two".
1984-10-19 - TACOMA DOME, TACOMA, WA
 
  • First time used during Two hearts:  
1999-10-26 - OAKLAND ARENA, OAKLAND, CA 
2003-05-08 - STADION FEYENOORD, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
"Two Hearts" includes "It Takes Two" (a rare occurrence on the 2002-03 tour).
 
  • Off-Tour 
2002-04-13 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
2002-04-14 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
2004-12-19 - HARRY'S ROADHOUSE, ASBURY PARK, NJ
The song was played in a full-band arrangement backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band and also featured Max Weinberg on drums and Patti Scialfa on shared lead vocals.
2008-05-13 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
2009-10-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ
 

Songinfo

"It Takes Two" is a hit single recorded in late 1965 by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston for Motown's Tamla label. Produced by Weston's then-husband, longtime Gaye collaborator William "Mickey" Stevenson, and co-written by Stevenson and Sylvia Moy, "It Takes Two" centered on a romantic lyric that depicted many things in life (dreams, love, wishes, etc.) being better with two people instead of one. The single became Gaye's most successful duet single to date, later outperformed by Gaye's duets with Tammi Terrell.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

 

Bruce on the artist

According to the BBC's 'Desert Island Discs ' one of the 8 songs, Bruce would take to a desert Island is one of Marvin Gaye's songs: What's Going On (1971)
 
Inspired by the witnessing of police brutality and violence during an anti-war demonstration, Marvin Gaye’s soulful protest song illustrated to Springsteen that music can have a message:
 
Bruce Springsteen and Kirsty Young in conversation:
 
"This entire record [the What’s Going On album], from start to finish, is a masterpiece. It was sultry and sexual while at the same time dealing with street level politics. That had a big influence on me. Along with the idea that it was a concept record without being cursed by that name. It was a record that had a thread you can follow from the first song to the last and it created a world that you could walk into and then come back out of. But bring along with you things that you learned and energy and a source that you’d found for living."

Lyrics

One can have a dream, baby
Two can make a dream so real
One can talk about being in love
Two can see how it really feels
One can wish upon a star
Two can make a wish come true, yeah
One can stand alone in the dark
Two can make a light shine through
It takes two, baby
It takes two, baby,
Me and you
You know it takes two
It takes two, baby
It takes two, baby
Make a dream come true
It just takes two
One can have a broken heart
Living in misery
Two can really ease the pain
Like a perfect remedy
One can be alone in a bar,
Like an island he's all alone
Two can make just any place
Seem just like bein' at home
It takes two, baby
It takes two, baby
Me and you
It just takes two
It takes two, baby
It takes two, baby,
To make a dream come true
It just take two
Just takes two
Just takes two
One can go out to a movie
Looking for a special treat
Two can make that single movie
Something really kind of sweet
And one can take a walk in the moonlight
Thinking that's it's really nice
But two lovers walking hand in hand
Is like adding just a pinch of spice
It takes two, baby
It takes two, baby
Me and you
Just takes two
It takes two, baby
It takes two, baby
To make a dream come true