"Move On Up" as written by and Curtis Mayfield....
Hush now child, and don't you cry
Your folks might understand you, by and by
Move on up, toward your destination
You may find from time to time

Bight your lip, and take a trip
Though there may be wet road ahead
And you cannot slip
So move on up for peace will find
Into the steeple of beautiful people
Where there's only one kind

So hush now child, and don't you cry
Your folks might understand you, by and by
Move on up, and keep on wishing
Remember your dream is your only scheme
So keep on pushing

Take nothing less, than the second best
Do not obey, you must keep your say
You can past the test
Just move on up, to a greater day
With just a little faith
If you put your mind to it you can surely do it

Just move on up
Move on up
But move on up
Oh child, but just move on up
But move on up
Move on up

Lyrics submitted by msephton, edited by Broken_and_Hollow, epiwoosh, iroc-z

"Move on Up" as written by Curtis Mayfield

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    General CommentThe lyrics are wrong in vital places. This is a rather cyncle, sarcastic and ironic song about growing up.

    "Take nothing less - not even second best"
    should in fact be:
    Take nothing less - THAN the second best"

    There is a big difference in meaning.
    Comrade_Liaron March 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah,I thought he said that too and that lyric always surprised me.
    Yet the song itself is inpiring.For the young Black generation especially that song had a lot of power back then."Your folks might understand you by and by".Many older blacks did not go for the big naturals and militant attitudes of the younger folks.Curtis was telling them that one day they would see that the youngsters were right about their passions.And he was VERY right about that final rapprochement.
    Riverman94610on June 06, 2005   Link
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    General Comment@Comrade Liar

    Dude.. which would be more inspiring.. telling someone to settle for second best, or telling them to settle for nothing less than the best (even second best..)
    bigfoot11on April 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentVery inspiring indeed.
    Felyson April 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI find this song as one of the most beautiful and inspiring songs I have ever heard. It has a very optimistic tune/melody behind the words.
    funklesson October 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBend it like Beckham!!

    Anyway, this song always gets me in a good mood. It's a great vibe, makes everything in the world seem positive.
    !!**!!on May 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's "take nothing less than the supreme best" - he just pronounces "sup-reme" a bit strangely and it's hard to hear
    lm_dmson October 22, 2008   Link

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