6. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

Marvin Gaye

 

Motown didn't even want to release the record but the unexpected success of What's Going On , that appeared in 1971, inspired about every soul artist to take greater responsibility for their music's meaning. Gaye co-wrote the songs and produced the album, flavoring it with his own multi-tracked vocals, hand percussion, strings, flutes, and horn solos. All the nine songs are produced like future hits.
"What's Going On" 
(Al Cleveland/Marvin Gaye/Renaldo Benson) 
 
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 
 
 
"What's Happening Brother" 
(Marvin Gaye/James Nyx) 
 
Hey baby, what'cha know good 
I'm just gettin' back, but you knew I would 
War is hell, when will it end, 
When will people start gettin' together again 
Are things really gettin' better, like the newspaper said 
What else is new my friend, besides what I read 
Can't find no work, can't find no job my friend 
Money is tighter than it's ever been 
Say man, I just don't understand 
What's going on across this land 
Ah what's happening brother, 
Oh ya, what's happening my man 
Are they still gettin' down where we used to go and dance 
Will our ball club win the pennant, 
do you think they have a chance 
And tell me friend, how in the world have you been. 
Tell me what's out and I want to know what's in. 
What's the deal man, what's happening 
What's happening brother 
Ah what's happening brother 
What's happening my man 
Ah what's happening brother 
What's been shaken up and down the line 
I want to know cause I'm slightly behind the time. 
 
 
"Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky)" 
(Marvin Gaye/Anna Gaye/Elgie Stover) 
 
Flying high in the friendly sky 
Flying high without ever leavin' the ground, no 
Rest of the folks are tired and weary 
Oh Lord, and have laid their bodies down. 
I go the place where danger awaits me 
and it's bound to forsake me. 
So stupid minded. 
I can't help it 
oh ya, so stupid minded. 
But I go crazy when I can't find it, 
In the morning, I'll be alright, my friend. 
But soon the night will bring the pains, 
The pain, oh the pain 
Flying high in the friendly sky 
Without ever leaving the ground 
And I ain't seen nothing but trouble baby 
Nobody really understands, no no 
And I go to the place where the good feelin' awaits me 
Selfdestruction in my hand 
Oh Lord, so stupid minded 
Oh and I go crazy when I can't find it 
Well I know I'm hooked my friend 
To the boy who makes slaves out of men. 
And oh beleive me 
Flying high in a friendly sky 
Oh baby, flyin' high 
 
 
"Save The Children" 
(Al Cleveland/Marvin Gaye/Renaldo Benson) 
 
I just want to ask a question 
Who really cares? 
To save a world in despair 
There'll come a time, when the world won't be singin' 
Flowers won't grow, bells won't be ringin' 
Who really cares? 
Who's willing to try to save a world 
That's destined to die 
When I look at the world it fills me with sorrow 
Little children today are really gonna suffer tomorrow 
Oh what a shame, such a bad way to live 
All who is to blame, we can't stop livin' 
Live, live for life 
But let live everybody 
Live life for the children 
Oh, for the children 
You see, let's save the children 
Let's save all the children 
Save the babies, save the babies 
If you wanna love, you got to save the babies 
All of the children 
But who really cares 
Who's willing to try 
Yes, to save a world 
Yea, save our sweet world 
Save a world that is destined to die 
Oh, la, la, la, la, la, la, la 
Oh, oh dig it everybody 
 
 
"God Is Love" 
(Marvin Gaye/Anna Gaye/Elgie Stover/James Nyx) 
 
Oh don't go and talk about my father 
God is my friend 
Jesus is my friend 
He made this world for us to live in, and gave us everything 
And all he asks of us is we give each other love. 
Oh ya 
Don't go and talk about my father 
Cause God is my friend 
Jesus is my friend 
He loves us whether or not we know it 
Just loves us, oh ya 
And He'll forgive all our sins 
Forgive all our sins 
And all He asks of us, is we give each other love. 
Oh ya 
Love your mother, she bore you 
Love your father, he works for you 
Love your sister, she's good to you 
Love your brother, your brother 
Don't go and talk about my father, He's good to us, 
God is my friend 
Jesus is my friend 
For when we call in Him for mercy, Mercy Father 
He'll be merciful, my friend 
Oh, yes He will 
All he asks of us, I know, is we give each other love, 
Oh ya 
 
 
"Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology)" 
(Marvin Gaye) 
 
Woo ah, mercy mercy me 
Ah things ain't what they used to be, no no 
Where did all the blue skies go? 
Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east 
Woo mercy, mercy me, mercy father 
Ah things ain't what they used to be, no no 
Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seas, fish full of mercury 
Ah oh mercy, mercy me 
Ah things ain't what they used to be, no no 
Radiation under ground and in the sky 
Animals and birds who live nearby are dying 
Oh mercy, mercy me 
Ah things ain't what they used to be 
What about this overcrowded land 
How much more abuse from man can she stand? 
Oh, na na... 
My sweet Lord... No 
My Lord... My sweet Lord 
 
 
"Right On" 
(Earl DeRouen/Marvin Gaye) 
 
Hey baby 
That's alright people 
I know that's alright 
Oh, when we love each other 
I know that's alright 
Oh feel it, feel it 
Oh everybody feel it 
God know that's alright, yes 
Some of us were born 
With money to spend 
Some of us were born 
For races to win 
Some of us are aware 
That it's good for us to care 
Some of us feel the icy wind 
Of poverty blowing in the air 
For those of us who simply like to socialize 
For those of us who tend the sick 
Ah, and heed the people's cries 
Let me say to you 
Right on 
Right on, feel it 
Yea, oh, oh, Oh Lord, Lord, people 
And I say, Right on 
Honey right on 
For those of us who live 
Where peace is craved 
For those of us who live, uh-huh 
Where hatred is enslaved, alright 
For those of us who live a life 
Yea, surrounded by good fortune and wealth 
Talk about it 
Those of us who live a life 
Hey, hey, hey enjoying ourselves 
For those of us who got drowned 
In the sea of happiness 
For the soul that takes pride in his God 
And himself and everything else 
Love 
That's all it is 
We need love 
That's all it is 
Oh, oh 
Love, love 
Love's the thing 
Love, love, love, love 
Sweet love, love 
Wonderful love 
Ah, true love, love 
Love for your brother 
Love, for God 
Pure love 
Love can conquer hate everytime 
Give out some love and you'll find 
Peace sublime 
And my darling, one more thing 
If you let me, I will take you 
To live where love is King 
Ah, ah baby, baby 
Ah, ah, ah, baby 
People, people 
People who love and care 
That's alright 
Alright 
Ah.... 
 
 
"Wholy Holy" 
(Renaldo Benson/Al Cleveland/Marvin Gaye) 
 
Ah, wholy holy 
Come together 
Wholy holy 
People got to come together 
And I know with the strength, power and all the feeling 
Wholy holy 
Wholy holy 
Oh Lord, come on get together, one another 
Oh Lord 
Wholy holy 
Wholy holy 
Wholy holy we believe in one another 
Wholy holy we believe in Jesus 
Jesus left a long time ago, said he would return 
He left us a book to believe in 
In it we've got an awful lot to learn 
Oh, wholy holy 
Oh Lord 
We can conquer hate forever, yes we can 
Ah, wholy holy, Oh Lord 
We can rock the world's foundation 
Yes we can 
Better believe it 
Wholy holy together and wholy 
Holler love across the nation 
Oh, oh 
Wholy holy 
We proclaim love, our salvation 
Oooh, ooh... 
 
 
"Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" 
(Marvin Gaye/James Nyx) 
 
Dah, dah, dah, dah 
dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah 
Dah, dah, dah, dah 
Dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah 
Dah, dah, dah 
Rockets, moon shots 
Spend it on the have nots 
Money, we make it 
Fore we see it you take it 
Oh, make you wanna holler 
The way they do my life 
Make me wanna holler 
The way they do my life 
This ain't livin', This ain't livin' 
No, no baby, this ain't livin' 
No, no, no 
Inflation no chance 
To increase finance 
Bills pile up sky high 
Send that boy off to die 
Make me wanna holler 
The way they do my life 
Make me wanna holler 
The way they do my life 
Dah, dah, dah 
Dah, dah, dah 
Hang ups, let downs 
Bad breaks, set backs 
Natural fact is 
I can't pay my taxes 
Oh, make me wanna holler 
And throw up both my hands 
Yea, it makes me wanna holler 
And throw up both my hands 
Crime is increasing 
Trigger happy policing 
Panic is spreading 
God know where we're heading 
Oh, make me wanna holler 
They don't understand 
Dah, dah, dah 
Dah, dah, dah 
Dah, dah, dah 
 
Mother, mother 
Everybody thinks we're wrong 
Who are they to judge us 
Simply cause we wear our hair long 
 
 
"God Is Love" 
(Marvin Gaye/Anna Gaye/Elgie Stover/James Nyx) 
 
Oh don't go and talk about my father 
God is my friend 
Jesus is my friend 
He made this world for us to live in, and gave us everything 
And all he asks of us is we give each other love. 
Oh ya 
Don't go and talk about my father 
Cause God is my friend 
Jesus is my friend 
He loves us whether or not we know it 
Just loves us, oh ya 
And He'll forgive all our sins 
Forgive all our sins 
And all He asks of us, is we give each other love. 
Oh ya 
Love your mother, she bore you 
Love your father, he works for you 
Love your sister, she's good to you 
Love your brother, your brother 
Don't go and talk about my father, He's good to us, 
God is my friend 
Jesus is my friend 
For when we call in Him for mercy, Mercy Father 
He'll be merciful, my friend 
Oh, yes He will 
All he asks of us, I know, is we give each other love, 
Oh ya 
 

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