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

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whitebird77

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,

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 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

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
Right on baby



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.



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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



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



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nsxdarin

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

Leon Arclight

🙏

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Vibes

Nakomi Rudlong

Still playing it in central Minnesota! ❤️💕☮️💟

Luethader Pinckney

Exactly what is going on

Kim Meister

I have live in mpls all my life. I love you all.

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stercraze06

I'll be damned if this ain't THE official song of 2020!

Adrienne Robinson

When Marvin Gaye made this song at the time , The Vietnam War was still raging .a lot of our Black and White Service Men we dying at a high Rate..it was a different time.

Adrienne Robinson

Truth

Jenna Puhl

@john dietz history repeats itself and people feel it!!

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