In light of the tragic and brutal attack on the Orlando night club, The Pulse (NYT ARTICLE Here), my Second Sunday song post to my blog is Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”

From Wikipedia, Marvin Gaye



What happened in Orlando is a sobering reminder that we as a species still have a long way to go in our evolution. 

What’s Going On” was released just a few months after my 4th birthday, but you better believe I knew this song by heart. 

As part of the soundtrack of my life, Mr. Gaye’s hit was played (on original vinyl) in my grandparent’s home with such frequency they had to keep a stock of needles to play it on the record player that thumped out all kinds of music, from Motown hits to Classic Country to Rock ‘n Roll.

So, enjoy this segment and light a candle for all who have fallen in the name of so-called religious, indigenous, racial, ethnic, patriarchal, and ideological reasons. 

“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
Mother, mother, 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
Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On?

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