What's Going On By: maRVIN gaye

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

Release date: May 21, 1971

Other songs: Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Inner City Blues, What's Happening Brother, God is Love

The lyrics of the song are obviously related to war and having peace. He says words like "brother" and "mother" and "father" to show that we are all united and that we should have peace. He says "Far too many of you dying" to prove his point that war in general and the war on blacks should end. he also uses the lines "Don't punish me with brutality" to strengthen his point that we should keep peace and not turn to war or violence.

This reflects the time period because at the time of this song, the Vietnam war was still going on. The fight for civil rights was also still happening.

The overall message of this song is that war is not the option and that we should have peace throughout the country and even the world.

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