What's going on (tell me)
People dying (yeah)
People crying (uh huh)
Lord, help us

Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying
Oh, brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying
(That's right)

You know we've got to find a way
To bring some loving here today

Oh, my father, 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 loving here today
(Say what)

Barricades (sister)
Can't block our way (sister)
Don't punish me (sister)
With brutality (sister)
Talk to me (sister)
So you can see (sister)

Oh, what's going on
(What's going on)
What's going on
(What's going on)
Yeah, what's going on
(What's going on)
What's going on
(What's going on)

What's going on
In a world filled with pain
Where's the love
For which we pray

What's going on
When our children can't play
Homeless can't eat
There's got to be a better way

What's going on
When we're politically blind
Can't see the signs
Of endangered times
What's going on

Tell me
What's going on in the world today
I'd rather be dead
Than turn my head away

We gotta first
World vision to complete
To lift our hands in the air
And cry for a switch

Father, father
(Father, help us, come on)
Everybody thinks we're wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
(Who are they to judge us)
Together, we can all be strong
(United we stand, divided we fall)

You know we've got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today

Barricades (brother)
Can't block our way (brother)
Don't punish me (brother)
With brutality (brother)
Baby, talk to me (brother)
So you can see

Yeah, what's going on
(What's going on)
Hey, what's going on
(What's going on)
Somebody tell me what's going on
What's going on
(What's going on)

What's going on 'cross seas
Every minute a child
Dies by this disease
In record numbers indeed
Got mamas crying out please

My baby, hold on
My child ain't done nothing wrong
Still I wanna holler
Ask them why they don't bother

Oh, no, oh, no
Make me turn to my father
And ask him why they all
Got a trapped soul

I can feel what was bothering Marvin'
Why his words forever remain
Dealing with these modern day problems
'Cause of ignorance surrounding me
And my constituents

Too many infected
Too many lives diminishing
Nobody say Protestants, Jews,
Blacks and Whites, Latinos and Asians

Pray together
Less fight
We better unite
As genocide chemical war
And the rich and the poor
Know that God delivers a cure

It's a shame
Our reality is devastating
People praying for a cure
Dying while they're waiting

Ask the Lord for the comfort
And strength to face it
All the kids with dreams
Won't get the chance to chase it

Makes me sad
Think about the lives
They would've had
Think about the orphan babies
Got no moms and dads

How can we sit back
And not try to make it right
We gotta come together
We gotta fight for life

Somebody tell me what's going on
(What's going on)
We got human beings
Using humans for a bomb

But everyone wanna live
Don't nobody really wanna die
You feeling me, right (right)
I can't be watching people die (die)
And watching people cry

Let me break it down for a minute
If there's enough room here
For you and for me
There's plenty of room
For some humanity

Tell me what's going on
Got to tell (tell me)
What's going on


Lyrics submitted by richie

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