Title and Artist- Whats Going On by Marvin Gaye. Recording/Released Date- Recorded June-September of 1970 and March-May of 1971. Released May 21, 1971.
Other Songs by Marvin Gaye- "Lets Get It On", "Got to Give It Up", "Your Precious Love", "Mercy Mercy Me", "Trouble Man"
Song Lyrics- Twenty-five years and my life is still Trying to get that great big hill of hope For a destination. And so I wake in the morning And I step outside And I take a deep breath and I get real high And I scream from the top of my lungs What's going on?
Meaning Behind the Lyrics and Relation to Time Period- The lyrics are mainly focusing on the younger generation and how they struggled to grasp their choices in reality. They did not particularly accept the ideals of the past generations, and they began to challenge some things. Most of the younger kids in the 1960's were different from others, because they were more 'care-free' and they wandered aimlessly throughout the days.
What took place during this time? The war in Vietnam was still underway, which is partly why some of the new ideas came to be during this time. Also, the challenges on authority during this time had a big impact on the behavior of many younger people. There were protests at colleges where students wanted to have more say, and this song demonstrates how these students were feeling and acting.