Marvin Gaye — What's Going On
Album: What's Going On
Avg rating:
8.5

Your rating:
Total ratings: 3196









Released: 1971
Length: 3:44
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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

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)

Picket lines ''(sister)'' and picket signs ''(sister)''
Don't punish me ''(sister)'' with brutality ''(sister)''
Talk to me ''(sister)'', so you can see ''(sister)''

Oh, what's going on ''(what's going on)''
What's going on ''(what's going on)''
Yeah, what's going on ''(what's going on)''
Oh, what's going on ''(what's going on)''

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

Picket lines ''(brother)'' and picket signs ''(brother)''
Don't punish me ''(brother)'' with brutality ''(brother)''
Come on, talk to me ''(brother)'', so you can see ''(brother)''

What's going on ''(what's going on)''
Yeah, what's going on ''(what's going on)''
Tell me what's going on ''(what's going on)''
I'll tell you what's going on ''(what's going on)''
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 the_jake wrote:
Back to Back?  It played for me that way today.  Never happened before.  But I do have it rated at 10, so its good with me.
 
Yep...clearly worth playing twice ! {#Yes}
 the_jake wrote:
Back to Back?  It played for me that way today.
 
Okay, weird....I’m watching twilight zone and listening tonRPBduring commercials. One song ended and the same song started again....
dun dun dun!!!
 the_jake wrote:
Back to Back?
 
So very nice we got to hear it twice.


OR


"Was it the same cat?"


Back to Back?  It played for me that way today.  Never happened before.  But I do have it rated at 10, so its good with me.
 Sloggydog wrote:

For me its a godlike timeless classic and part of an album that is a touchstone for it's era politically.  I already loved it and then I saw a documentary about Marvin doing a concert days after a nearby riot and despite warnings from police his gig might start a riot.  Instead his gig was credited with easing tensions.

 
I'm with you on this one, Sloggydog....make LOVE not WAR, right?  Hell....I've been at 9 too long on this GEM...so 9→10.

PEACE and LONG LIVE RP!!

Ahhhhh...how good is this song? An absolute masterpiece!
 Tomasni wrote:
To me this is 7 - Quite Likeable

 
For me its a godlike timeless classic and part of an album that is a touchstone for it's era politically.  I already loved it and then I saw a documentary about Marvin doing a concert days after a nearby riot and despite warnings from police his gig might start a riot.  Instead his gig was credited with easing tensions.
To me this is 7 - Quite Likeable
Can not be overplayed, sweet Soul Groove, Eternal Verity of Smooth Humanity.    Listen to this and then this.....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDTXljIqxRE


Hard to believe Barry Gordy didn't want to release this album...  One of the all time greats, RIP Marvin!
 handyrae wrote, way back when:
The ratings graph about says it all!
 
So true!
 willmcnaught wrote:
Timeless! {#Notworthy}

 
Timeless, yes!  What a great message, and really too bad that this isn't the 'default' thought process for EVERYONE on earth.  Why should we kill each and destroy when we can love and create instead?  (unfortunately I think $$ has a lot to do with it)

This is a 10 rated track for me


look at that photo of Marvin while diggin' this so seriously gorgeous piece of classic music, does that not grab you
 zedstation wrote:
1971 and 1972; did the music released in those two years create the template for generations/decades to come?

 
frantically bobbing positive emoji
1971 and 1972; did the music released in those two years create the template for generations/decades to come?


 GProkopo wrote:

Lem Barney, too.

 
HOF #20.

56 career INTs.  Many of them off Minn. QBs.
 WonderLizard wrote:

Jamerson's bass on this track is iconic. The story is that he came in from a night of carousing, hung over, read through the charts once, and played the most amazing bass track ever. Years later after Motown moved to LA, a local wise guy—having heard the story about how it was invented—bet Jamerson a good deal of money that he couldn't recreate it on the spot. Jamerson collected.

 
Yes, that is really an outstanding bass track, very melodic and tasty without "over-doing it": perfect.
The Creator ought to put this and Mercy Me on a loud, permanent loop in the Oval Office and the 5th Ave. Throne Room of what's his nuts Der Trumper. 

Sorry, that's political. It's oozing out of my pores.
If you're offended, have a beer and email me in the morning.
 
 Skydog wrote:
Detroit Lions Mel Farr was in the back with the other voices
 

 
Lem Barney, too.
 Skydog wrote:

CKLW in the 1960's was the best AM radio in the land. 
Motown and Beatles and everything in between.

 
I grew up in burbs of Detroit, fond fond memories of CKLW,  and growing up in the Motown sound. A very good documentary "Standing in the Shadows of Motown" amazing video! Worth seeing. {#Notworthy}