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What's Going On - Dupri Original Mix Lyrics

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What's going on, tell me
People dying
People crying
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
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 why

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

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
Tell me
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 politically blind
Can't see the signs of endangered times
What's going on

Tell me
What's goin' on in the world today
I'd rather be dead than to turn my head away
We got this first world vision
Too comfy to lift up 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
Together we can all be strong
United we stand, divided we fall
Oh, 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
Somebody tell me
What's going on
What's going on
Somebody tell me
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 momma's crying out please
My baby hold on
My child ain't done nothing wrong
Still I want to 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
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 everybody wanna live
Don't nobody really wanna die
You feelin' me, right
I can't be watchin' people die
Watchin' people cry
Let me break it down for a minute
There's enough room here for you and for me
There's plenty of room for some humanity

What's going on
You gotta show me
What's going on
Show me
Yeah, tell me
What's going on

(This song Marvin Gaye song, performed by Bono and many others, can be found on the What's Going On single)