Just stumbled upon a (potential) piece of God Pop that somehow evaded me – 1969’s “Heaven Knows” from the Grass Roots:
[Pssst: Click the triangle above to play “Heaven Knows” by The Grass Roots.]
Who, it begs questioning, is the object of the singer’s affections: flesh and blood — or The Holy Father? “Every time we’re together, your love is movin’ like lightnin’ through me; it’s such a beautiful feeling: never hearing goodbye said to me” could just as easily be interpreted as a poetic reference to the Lord’s infinite capacity for love — especially when followed by the chorus, “Oh Lord, Heaven knows how much I love You, how much it shows. Oh Lord, Heaven knows.”
It is entirely possible that Harvey Price and Dan Walsh, the song’s tunesmiths, were on the leading edge of a new era of spiritual consciousness in the pop marketplace and therefore crafted a message that would resonate equally as strong for secular as well as religious audiences.
The song hit its Top 40 peak – Billboard (#24) & Cash Box (#13) – on December 27, 1969.
Released in the US on ABC/Dunhill — in the UK on Stateside/Dunhill & distributed by EMI.