We Could Use a Song About Getting Everyone Together in a Spirit of Love Right About Now – Couldn’t We?

How Many More Have to Suffer and Die in the Wake of Trump’s Vile, Hate-filled Rhetoric

A Brief Commentary from Doug Draper

Posted August 5th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Mourning the victims of hate in El Paso, Texas

It was a perfect song for the summer of 1969, and 50 years later, I think we need to hear it again.

With all of the fear and hatred and bigotry in the world, fuelled by the likes of the monster now occupying one of the most powerful offices in the world, a song written by singer/songerwriter Chet Powers and performed by his group The Youngbloods, is one we should all be singing together these days.

The song is called ‘Get Together’, and it was originally recorded in 1966, released the following year, but did not become a huge hit until all of the hippies and flower children from across North America were getting ready to head to the Woodstock Festival in August of 1969.

It begins with the following lyrics –

‘Love is but a song to 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’

To listen to Get Together as performed by The Youngbloods, click on the screen below –

Hearts Go Out to the People of Dayton, Ohio, and to the people of El Paso, Texas, and to those from Mexico who, in the case of the mass shootings in El Paso, anyway,  lost their lives this past weekend in a hail of bullets fueled by Trump’s hate-filled garbage and by those who enable this evil character.

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One response to “We Could Use a Song About Getting Everyone Together in a Spirit of Love Right About Now – Couldn’t We?

  1. Wow…there’s nothing like music to take you back to other times and other places. “We are but a moment’s sunlight, fading on the grass.” Yes, indeed. Life is fleeting and fragile and incredibly, heartbreakingly precious.


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