What's Going On? Marvin Gaye 1971


Marvin Gaye gained his popularity in the 60's as a musician and helped path the way for other Motown singers. He became known as the "Prince of Motown" and the "Prince of Soul". Popular song's of Gaye are "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "I Heard it Through the Grapevine"

  • Title- What's Going On?
  • Released- May 21, 1971

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

The song was originally rejected by producers at his company because they thought it was too political and Gaye would loose fans.

The song is a protest against the Vietnam War and the brutality and unequal treatment African-Americans were still facing. The verses switch between the message against brutality or against war. Gaye urges the country to reunite itself with love and peace, not violence. He also calls for the war to end, saying it will not fix any of the world's problems.

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