A sense of tranquility comes over me every time I hear Marvin Gaye’s “Flyin’ High (In the Friendly Sky).” Sonically serene but lyrically somber, the song addresses the heroin epidemic that thrived in the 1960s and ’70s and the adverse impact it had on communities.
On the song, Gaye sings from the perspective of a person hooked on heroin who jeopardizes their livelihood to get high. “Flyin’ High” appears on Gaye’s reflective effort What’s Going On. Back in 2014, I wrote a post about why I consider the album to be a classic.
Check out “Flyin’ High” below.