Written in , the lyrics of the song are inspired by violence and police brutality in America. 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, eh eh. 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 oh. 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 Yeah, what's going on Ah, 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 Oh oh oh. Picket lines and picket signs Don't punish me with brutality C'mon talk to me So you can see What's going on Yeah, what's going on Tell me what's going on I'll tell you what's going on, ooh ooh ooh ooh Right on baby Right on baby.
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What's Going On is the eleventh studio album by American soul singer, songwriter, and producer Marvin Gaye. It was released on May 21, , by the Motown Records -subsidiary label Tamla. Gaye recorded the album between and in sessions at Hitsville U. It was his first album to credit him as a producer and to credit Motown's in-house studio band, the session musicians known as the Funk Brothers. What's Going On is a concept album with most of its songs segueing into the next and has been categorized as a song cycle ; the album ends with a reprise of the album's opening theme.
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During the Bowl show, which took place just weeks after the death of year-old Michael Brown at the hands of police in Ferguson, Mo. A singsong soundbite of a woman playfully mocking a security guard while being detained has become a popular chant at protests and a viral hip-hop hit. And anyone familiar with the history of Motown, where Gaye recorded for the majority of his career, has likely heard the stories of how the soul legend who died in after he was shot by his father battled with Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. But I was happy that he could express what we were all feeling. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. The 5 Stevie-est Stevie Nicks moments. The moonlight confessions of Stevie Nicks. How do you bridge a cultural divide?