IG’s Peace Blog

Peace and its many aspects

A great song!

Probably everybody knows the song “Get Together” (one of my two favorite “Hippie Anthems”–I’ll reveal the other one later, but I bet you can guess–hair, flowers, a prominent West Coast American city?).  However, I think the lyrics bear some serious reflection:

Love is but a song we sing
Fear’s the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry

Though the bird is on the wing
And you may not know why

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

Some may come and some may go
He will surely pass
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last
We are but a moment’s sunlight
Fading in the grass

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

If you hear the song I sing
You will understand…listen
You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It’s there at your command

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

I said…..

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now
Right now
Right now

OK..now forget all the sing alongs and videos of Jesse Colin Young, you might have seen.  We really are “…but a moment’s sunlight fading in the grass” and we really do “…hold the key to love and fear”  in our “trembling hand” and it really is “..there at our command.”  To me this is truth…make of it what you will.

Personal note:  I actually saw the Youngbloods perform this live (twice!); and all sorts of other people have sung it here and there as well (such as Joannie Mitchel, the Jefferson Airplane and The Quick Silver Messenger Service–who I think had the song’s writer (Dino Valente, real name:  Chet Powers, as their lead singer).  However, apparently it was first recorded as “Let’s Get Together” by the folk group the Kingston Trio in 1964!  You can learn more than you ever wanted to know about this song here .

…and you can watch a live performance (with Jackson Brown joining on the chorus) here , and the original studio version with some nice peace images here.

IGBarbs says:  don’t make the angels cry!

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April 17, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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