Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tune in Tuesday: Marvin Gaye 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

All these years later, with two wars waging and the economy in the slumps, this song continues to be relevant social commentary.  Marvin Gaye was a truly talented man whose time on this earth was way to short.  Quite a few of my friends are out of work right now and they are worried about what the future holds and this song seems so apt.  It saddens me to know, that all of these years later we are no closer to a healing that when Gaye first sang these prophetic words.

Does this song touch you in any way?  Let it fly in the comment section.