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Fri Jul 3, 2020, 02:07 PM

People Got To Be Free

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kentuck Jul 2020 OP
Ohiogal Jul 2020 #1
niyad Jul 2020 #2
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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 02:22 PM

1. From wiki....

All the world, over, so easy to see!
People everywhere, just wanna be free.
Listen, please listen! that's the way it should be
Peace in the valley, people got to be free.

In the song's coda, Felix says in a half-sung, half-spoken voice, that the "Train of Freedom", is "about to arrive any minute now", that "it has been long, long overdue", and that it's "coming right on through", before the song's fade with Felix saying "Chug" repeatedly.

While "People Got to Be Free" was perceived by some as related to the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy earlier that year, it was recorded before the latter's death. In fact it was partly a reaction to an ugly encounter wherein the long-haired group was threatened by a group of strangers after their tour vehicle broke down in Fort Pierce, Florida.[6]

The song is clearly a product of its times; however, two decades later writer Dave Marsh included it as number 237 in his book Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles of All Time, saying in reference to, and paraphrase of, the song's lyric, "Ask me my opinion, my opinion will be: Dated, but NEVER out of date."

After this song came out, the Rascals would only perform at concerts that featured an African American act; if those conditions were not met, the Rascals canceled several shows in protest.

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 05:17 PM

2. Thank you so much for pod ting this.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 05:18 PM

3. Thank you!

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