What's Going On
Cyndi Lauper Lyrics


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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

Father, father
This 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?
What's going on, yeah?
What's going on?

Mother, mother
Everybody thinks we're wrong
Who are they to judge us
Just because our hair is long
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today

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
But just talk to me
So you can see
What's going on
What's going on
What's going on
Tell me what's going on
What's going on?
What's going on?
What's going on?
What's going on?
What's going on?
What's going on?
What's going on?





You tell me, I'll tell you
You tell me, I'll tell you what's going on

Overall Meaning

The song "What’s Going On" by Cyndi Lauper is a cover of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 hit song. It is a plea for love, peace, and understanding during a time of social and political unrest. It addresses the struggles of both the Black community and the anti-war movement in America. The first verse, "Mother, mother, there’s too many of you crying," is a reference to the pain and suffering of Black mothers who have lost their sons and daughters to violence and discrimination. The second verse, "Father, father, we don’t need to escalate, war is not the answer," speaks to the anti-war movement of the time.


The chorus of the song emphasizes the need for communication and understanding between people, rather than violence and aggression. The line "Picket lines and picket signs, don't punish me with brutality" speaks to the use of police brutality against peaceful protesters. Overall, the song is a call to action to end the violence and hate in the world and promote love and peace instead.


Line by Line Meaning

Mother, mother
Cyndi Lauper addresses mother, as a symbol of compassion and care


There's too many of you crying
She acknowledges that there are too many people crying, a symbol of pain and suffering


Brother, brother, brother
She also addresses brother, another symbol of kinship and fraternity


There's far too many of you dying
She recognizes that many people are dying, a symbol of violence and injustice


You know we've got to find a way
Cyndi Lauper believes that a solution must be found to these problems


To bring some lovin' here today
She suggests that love must be brought into the world to eradicate hate and violence


Father, father
Cyndi Lauper also addresses father, as a symbol of guidance and authority


This don't need to escalate
She makes it clear that violence is not the answer to the problems we face


You see, war is not the answer
She repeats the message that war will only lead to more suffering


For only love can conquer hate
She believes that only love can overcome hate and violence


Picket lines and picket signs
She mentions picket lines and picket signs as symbols of protest against injustice


Don't punish me with brutality
She pleads against being punished with physical force and brutality


Talk to me, so you can see
She asks for dialogue and communication to foster empathy and understanding


Oh, what's going on?
She wonders what is happening in the world, why so much pain and suffering exists


Everybody thinks we're wrong
She recognizes the prevalence of different opinions and judgments


Who are they to judge us
She challenges the authority others assume to judge and condemn


Just because our hair is long
She points out how trivial and superficial differences can be the basis for discrimination and persecution


To bring some understanding here today
She emphasizes the importance of understanding to resolve conflicts and bring peace


Tell me what's going on
Cyndi Lauper calls for someone to explain and make sense of the current state of affairs




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, O/B/O DistroKid, Royalty Network, Capitol CMG Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Alfred W Cleveland, Marvin P Gaye, Renaldo Benson

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@edsonportella3090

One of Cyndi's most wonderful interpretations, which shows her great talent and sensitivity. A song that remains current: guys, what's going on? "War is not the answer."

@bambangsudanto5309

She made it on her owñ unique style

@GigiTheWonderDog

Amazing!

@wickedout2010

Easily one of the greatest remakes of all time. Cyndi killed this song. She’s one amazing woman and one hell of a singer. Thanks for the great memories! 😍

@Mancunianblue

Yep, she killed it alright, awful.

@weeklyleaksx1111

Heavenly Brought This Song Alive Psalminxindi Mz. CYNDI LOVELYNDI US'ALLS GRACED HUMANS VOICES MATTERYNDI FOR EVYNDI !?

@weeklyleaksx1111

Opens A Musicians Mindful Ears Takes Off Years #1 !

@kitkat186

Cyndi made it her own, a great song for a great singer.😊

@cesardelgadovillena2247

​@@MancunianbluePor lo menos la amiga de Jeffrey (Madonna) no cantó esta linda canción sino esta linda canción hubiese sido la estropeada más horrible de la historia musical.

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@-om5261

I didn't think I would like this version so much, BUT, Cyndi "nails it."  My hats off and my heart opens up for the tremendous amount of soul she put into this sing.  Good gracious alive,  girl you're good.

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