Backstory: “Going Up”

Oh the back story, isn’t there always a back story? This is a story about a little song called “Going Up” by Gedeon Luke. Gedeon is an artist that I have been developing for 3+ years. The song is actually the 1st song we ever co-wrote together. We have all heard the stories of how songs come from magical places, they write themselves, they are gifted to us, etc and I gather this tune falls into one, if not all, of those descriptions!

Gedeon and I met at my partner’s office which was probably not the most inspiring place to write but hey, you take what you can get. We sat around discussing some ideas and I was tuning my guitar as we chatted. After I tune up I always use the same 3 chords, D-C9-G, to check if the guitar is in tune. I start strumming the chords in a certain rhythm and Gedeon says, “Marc, I love those chords, they move me.” and I asked him to explain. He then proceeds to tell me how they resonated a certain feeling within him almost like a Gospel hymn. I thought about what he said for a second and said, “Wait a minute, I have an idea for a Curtis Mayfield inspired song!” and started strumming away. Well, in a matter of minutes the proverbial door bell rang, the skies opened up and the delivery of “Going Up” just happened; Gedeon began singing some melodies, I started grabbing some words and quickly soon after the song was done.

The tune is about love and hope and can be interpreted in whatever way you choose.

We’ve just finished Gedeon’s debut record and this song will be included on it as a featured duet with his baby sister, Evvie McKinney:

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Lyrics -

Feeling so strange about so many things
Even the message of love and what it brings
We all need joy and happiness to reign
And with this song I’ll fight away the pain

I’m goin’ up up to feel the rhythm
I’m goin’ up up to dance divine
If you believe there’s love inside
I’m goin’ up up to give the sign

From the first time I felt your presence
There was no doubt, fear or questions
It takes me back to the place
Without you there is no grace

I’m goin’ up up to feel the rhythm
I’m goin’ up up to dance divine
If you believe there’s love inside
I’m goin’ up up to give the sign

The hope for a better day
will soon come my way
and the tears have washed away

What felt so strange about so many things
now with this song I’ll fight away the pain

I’m goin’ up up to feel the rhythm
I’m goin’ up up to dance divine
If you believe there’s love inside
I’m goin’ up up to give the sign

Gedeon Luke, Marc Swersky (c)2010

-Posted by Marc

A recurring feature on IVC, each “Backstory” showcases a song and shares the story behind that song’s inspiration and creation via the songwriter’s own words.


Marc Swersky is a two-time, Grammy Award winning songwriter. As a writer/producer/musician his albums have sold in excess of 50 million copies. Marc is also president/founder of Monocentric Music, a full-service entertainment and artist development company dedicated to mentoring young singer/songwriters.

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