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, eh eh

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, oh oh oh

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
Yeah, what's going on
Ah, what's going on

In the mean time
Right on, baby
Right on brother
Right on babe

Mother, mother, everybody thinks we're wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply 'cause our hair is long
Oh, you know we've got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today
Oh oh oh

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
C'mon talk to me
So you can see
What's going on
Yeah, what's going on
Tell me what's going on
I'll tell you what's going on, ooh ooh ooh ooh
Right on baby
Right on baby

Lyrics submitted by yuri_sucupira

What's Going On Lyrics as written by Marvin P Gaye Alfred W Cleveland

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +2
    General CommentI believe this is about Viatnam. One of Marvins mant greats.
    Joyceyon May 23, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is so beautiful, but the situation between him and his father is even more sad when you hear the lines about their conflict...

    Personally, I believe Marvin Gaye died because he was too good for this world...he deserved more than this place
    TheSyndicate88on July 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHooray for the original, wonderful, beautiful song. Thanks, Marvin, wherever you may be right now.
    funkboyon May 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentListen.... enough about Tupac and Biggie, who stood for violence. Let a man rest in the same kind of peace that he stood for - R.I.P. Marvin Gaye!
    suckmykisson May 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah...good song
    DADSonACIDon April 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great song that has a message too
    its definitely an antiwar song, and the war of marvin gaye's generation was vietnam
    "don't punish me with brutality" police brutality
    its a political song, in a way. but its gorgeous too. i loved it when cuba gooding jr sang it in jerry magurie
    lily(myoneandonly)on October 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha, that was funny as hell whe ncuba goding sang that
    MSK941on January 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAPC is the awesome for covering this song.
    sation January 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song means so much to me, not least because my father used to have this playing all the time when i was a kid.

    If you listen really closely you can hear so many different layers to this song, it is truly amazing. the emotion in Marvin's voice in this song is unparalleled by any other singer i have heard in recent years.

    The song speaks very openly and candidly about racism, war, sexism and even ageism.

    Marvin, wherever you are, what you've given to this world in this song is a lot. Thank God for you!!
    preshpearlon March 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBasically, I see it as a call for communication instead of using violence to resolve conflicts.
    ho-juon March 16, 2006   Link

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