So. Listening to the amazing vocals in this amazingly moving song by Marvin Gaye takes me way back, to bitter-sweet times of my early teenage years when discrimination and brutality ran rampant, and we all wondered when it would end. It seemed no one knew how to communicate with black teenagers or adults. There was, in fact, a great divide…until this song debuted. When it hit the air waves, everyone — and I mean everyone — fell silent and listened. And then we played this song over and over, because it said what was on our minds; it asked the very question that we had been wondering all along: What’s going on?

One more tidbit:
Marvin Pentz Gaye, Jr. was born in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 1939 and died on April 1, 1984 when he was shot and killed by his father after a physical altercation. His father claimed self-defense but was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter. We won’t attempt to tell Marvin Gaye’s entire story here. We will leave that for a later time.

And now, to the song. Remember…and enjoy.


WHAT’S GOING ON?
Vocals by Marvin Gaye
May 21, 1971
Songwriters: Alfred W Cleveland / Marvin P Gaye / Renaldo Benson
What’s Going On lyrics © Sony/ATV
Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Royalty Network

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, heh
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 ooo ooo ooo
Right on baby
Right on baby
Source: LyricFind

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