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What's Going On
Marvin Gaye Lyrics


Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today, eh eh

Father, father
We don't need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today, oh oh oh

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
Talk to me, so you can see
Oh, what's going on
What's going on
Yeah, what's going on
Ah, what's going on

In the mean time
Right on, baby
Right on brother
Right on babe

Mother, mother, everybody thinks we're wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply 'cause our hair is long
Oh, you know we've got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today
Oh oh oh

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
C'mon talk to me
So you can see
What's going on
Yeah, what's going on
Tell me what's going on
I'll tell you what's going on, ooh ooh ooh ooh
Right on baby
Right on baby

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Alfred W Cleveland, Marvin P Gaye, Renaldo Benson

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Gabriela Sanchez

@John Smith
"We don't need to escalate"
"See war is not the answer for only love can conquer hate"

It is easy for hate from others to spread to each other like a virus. But love is always the cure. Maybe Tom is acting out of the hatred from others misunderstanding him. No matter the reason he said that, accepting each other's differences can allow us to exist in peace.

I could be right or wrong or just talking shit but the point is it doesn't matter if I am. The point is putting ourselves down for just saying things and being human only creates a cycle of anger and resentment with each other. You have to break that chain with understanding and empathy.

That's what I think this song is about



Music Man

"What's Going On"

Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today - Ya

Father, father
We don't need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
Talk to me, so you can see
Oh, what's going on
What's going on
Yeah, what's going on
Ah, what's going on

In the mean time
Right on, baby
Right on
Right on

Mother, mother, everybody thinks we're wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply because our hair is long
Oh, you know we've got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today
Oh

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
Talk to me
So you can see
What's going on
Yeah, what's going on
Tell me what's going on
I'll tell you what's going on - Uh
Right on baby
Right on baby



All comments from YouTube:

Tameika Brown

Who’s Still Rocking/Jamming & Listening To This Marvin Gaye Song In 2021

Angela Fedun

Old am buff

Just Janie

I miss him ever aso much .

Greg Toves

A bunch of us are!
From Whittier!

Shenna Rice

Me👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

Jimd905

I am. Its timeless. I enjoy playing this song with my band any chance I get.

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steven kreisberg

Probably one of the best songs ever written and performed, and is as timeless

Kenni Saun

Berry Gordon had the audacity to stop this song from being a hit

ccali327

@Semen Shestakov It's with good reason. I commented earlier:

You have to understand how important this song was historically. A member of the Four Tops, another legendary Motown group witnessed first hand many of the atrocities of Bloody Thursday in Berkeley California. He asked a friend of his why all of this was happening, and a song was written. However, Motown was doing mostly bubblegum pop, same with Marvin for the most part, and the Four Tops were not going to record the song. They then approached Marvin, who, with a brother in Vietnam, was really bothered and disenchanted with the war and violence against people of color. So, he decided to tweak it a bit and told Berry Gordy he wanted to record a protest song.. It was an era where black people tried extra hard not to appear controversial in any sense because of the inevitable racist backlash, so Gordy was very hesitant. Gordy heard the song and didn't like it much, especially the scatting in the middle. After some pressuring, it released, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Semen Shestakov

I know that it's really subjective, but rolling stone magazine ranked this song 4th best of all time.

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