Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Listen to Marvin Gaye...

I've always enjoyed Marvin Gaye's music but hadn't always paid full attention to the lyrics. My friend, Patty, posted a couple of his songs on Facebook today and I was struck by the messages they contain. I've included the lyrics to "What's Going On" after the first video but the "Mercy, Mercy Me" video includes them. Please listen:

"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
Ya, what's going on
Ah, what's going on

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

Father, father, 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
Ya, 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

"Mercy, Mercy Me"

3 comments:

Patty said...

amazing how I never really listened to these songs until this morning. They are remarkable

Suburban Turmoil said...

Love is definitely the answer and everyone I know who's figured this out, from all walks of life, is far happier than the people around them.

Deanna said...

Patty: Thanks for reminding me of these songs.

Lindsey: You are absolutely correct. The Beatles got it right with "All You Need is Love".