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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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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

DylanGirl1963

Just watched a documentary about Marvin Gaye. I never realized how desperate he was at the end of his life. Between the copious amounts of cocaine and other drugs which destroyed him by physically and financially, and his own spiritual devastation (read "Divided Soul" by David Ritz) it was believed by many ~ including Smokey Robinson ~ that Marvin WANTED to die.

And the way he ensured that to happen was by physically attacking his father that fateful day, who always told his children "If you EVER raise a hand to me, I brought you into this world, and I will take you out."

Marvin Gaye Sr. was an extremely cruel person. He beat Marvin as a child, forcing him to take all of his clothing off so the poor kid would feel the belt across his naked skin. He was "religious" to the point of insanity, but he was also a cross-dresser and wore women's wigs at home. As a child, Marvin Gaye was acutely embarrassed by that.

It is believed that the lyric "Father, father, we don't need to escalate, war is not the answer, for only love will conquer hate" ~ was a message to his own father in his never-ending quest for approval.

He died Sunday, April 1st, 1984...one day before his 45th birthday. And we lost an incredibly talented, if conflicted, and beautiful soul that day... I still miss him terribly.



I Provide 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 - 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



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



Limits98

Lyrics

Hey, hey-hey
Hey, 
What's happening?
Hey, brother, 
What's happening?
Boy, this is a groovy party 
(Hey, how you doing?)
Man, I can dig it
Yeah, brother, solid, right on
What's happening?
Hey, man, 
What's happening?
Woo
Everything is everything
We're gonna do a get down today, 
Boy, I'll tell ya

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 loving here today, 
Yeah

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 loving here today, oh 
(Oh)

Picket lines (Sister) 
And picket signs (Sister)
Don't punish me (Sister) 
With brutality (Sister)
Talk to me (Sister), 
So you can see (Sister)
Oh, what's going on 
(What's going on)
What's going on 
(What's going on)
Yeah, what's going on 
(What's going on)
Oh, what's going on

Ah-ah-ah-ah 
(In the meantime, right on, baby)
Woo
(Right on, baby), woo
Ah-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya, 
Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya
Woo (Right on, baby, right on), woo
Ah-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya
Ba-da-boo-doo, 
Boo-boo-boo-doo, 
Boo-boo-boo
Ba-da-boo-boo-boo-doo, 
Boo-boo-boo-ba-ba-do

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

Picket lines (Brother) 
And picket signs (Brother)
Don't punish me (Brother) 
With brutality (Brother)
Come on, talk to me (Brother)
So you can see (Brother)
Oh, what's going on 
(What's going on)
Yeah, what's going on 
(What's going on)
Tell me what's going on 
(What's going on)
I'll tell you what's going on 
(What's going on)

Woo-ooh-ooh-ooh 
(Right on, baby, right on)
Ah-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya, 
Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya
Woo, woo 
(Right on)
Ah-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-
Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya
Ba-da-boo-doo, 
Boo-boo-boo-doo
Ba-da-boo-boo-boo-doo, 
Ba-da-da-da-da-da-da

Woo 
(Right on, baby, come on, right on)
Ah-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya
Woo 
(Right on)
Listen, 
Ah-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya
Da-boo-doo, 
Boo-boo-boo-doo
Da-boo-boo-doo, 
Boo-boo-boo



All comments from YouTube:

nsxdarin

lookin out on my balcony over my city of Minneapolis and listenin to this.

jane sendek

Needed this today and realizing, shit is going to have to be forced on these people...😥

Andrew Mwiti

Damn. Such a mood. I will recreate this in new york one day

Heather Valliere

❤❤❤

Lise Courtois

Love love love Marvin Gaye

Carrie Jaske

The Democrats are Evil 👿 in 30-40 years of Congress! Term Limits! Damn it! 😆🙌🙌

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EricBlackmonGuitar

Ahead of it's time. Should have been made January 2020.

Becoming Dauntless

Doesn't matter when it was made because it still applicable to today so please just shut the fuck up and take it for what it is.

Kaaay 031

This prolly the dumbest shit I’ve ever read, ahead of its time ? It was worse back then.......I mean yea shit still happen na in 2021 but it was worse towards blacks back then wym ahead of its time ? This song came out during Vietnam and was mainly about the war like cmon

Robby24ish

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