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This was sung by Hall and Oates with the Dead at the Rainforest Benefit on 24 September 1988. It was also played at least once as an instrumental by Jerry Garcia with Merl Saunders in 1974.

Lyrics By
Al Cleveland
Marvin Gaye
Renaldo Benson
Music By
Al Cleveland
Marvin Gaye
Renaldo Benson
Lyrics

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

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
What's going on
What's going on

Father, father, everybody thinks we're wrong
But who are they to judge us
Simply because our hair is long
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
Talk to me
So you can see
What's going on
What's going on
Tell me what's going on
I'll tell you what's going on

  • What's Going On

    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

    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
    What's going on
    What's going on

    Father, father, everybody thinks we're wrong
    But who are they to judge us
    Simply because our hair is long
    You know we've got to find a way
    To bring some understanding here today

    Picket lines and picket signs
    Don't punish me with brutality
    Talk to me
    So you can see
    What's going on
    What's going on
    Tell me what's going on
    I'll tell you what's going on

    This was sung by Hall and Oates with the Dead at the Rainforest Benefit on 24 September 1988. It was also played at least once as an instrumental by Jerry Garcia with Merl Saunders in 1974.