Saturday, May 30, 2009

Freedom Train

All the world over so easy to see
People everywhere just wanna be free
Listen, please listen, that's the way it should be
Peace in the valley, people got to be free

You should see what a lovely, lovely world this would be
If everyone learned to live together
Seems to me such an easy, easy thing this should be
Why can't you and me learn to love one another

All the world over so easy to see
People everywhere just wanna be free
I can't understand it, so simple to me
People everywhere just got to be free

If there's a man who is down and needs a helping hand
All it takes is you to understand and to pull him through.
Seems to me, we got to solve it individually
And I'll do unto you what you do to me

There'll be shoutin' from the mountains on out to sea
No two ways about it, people have to be free
Ask me my opinion, my opinion will be
It's a natural situation for a man to be free

Oh, what a feelin's just come over me
Enough to move a mountain, make a blind man see
Everybody's dancin', come on, let's go see
There's peace in the valley, now they all can be free

People Got To Be Free was written by Felix Cavaliere & Edward Brigati, Jr. of The Young Rascals and recorded by them in 1969. The song is one of the most joyous and greatest pop statements of unity and brotherhood, and was written out of tragedy.

While Cavaliere was vacationing in Jamaica, the news of Robert Kennedy's assassination came to him. However, instead of opting for a statement of rage, Cavaliere wrote this jubilant anthem. Coming during one of the most tumultuous periods of American history, it served as a sort of balm.

The Young Rascals, later became The Rascals: Felix Cavaliere (keyboards & lead & backup vocals and songwriter), Eddie Brigati (lead & backup vocals and songwriter), Gene Cornish (guitars) and Dino Danelli (drums).

Look, you see that train over there?
Now, that's the train of freedom.
It's about to arrive any minute now.
You know it's been a-long, long overdue.
Look out, 'cause it's a-comin' right on through.

Click here -> People Got To Be Free

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