Get Together

Love is but a song we sing—
Fear’s the way we die.
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry.
Though the bird is on the wing
And you may not know why.

Some may come and some may go—
He will surely pass.
When the One Who left us here,
Returns for us at last.
We are but a moment’s sunlight—
Fading in the grass.

If you hear the song I sing—
You will understand, listen.
You hold the key to love and fear—
All in your trembling hand.
Just one key unlocks them both—
It’s there at your command.

Come on, people now;
Smile on your brother;
Everybody get together;
Try to love one another right now.

I said come on, people now;
Smile on your brother;
Everybody get together;
Try to love one another right now.

By: Chester William Powers, Jr. (1937-1994)

Get Together – Jesse Colin Young – No Nukes 1979

Commentary: I’m one of the lucky ones—whose life was touched by this 1960’s love-and-peace anthem—I have formed my core beliefs on this notion of liberty for all. The message still rings true in my heart now, as it did back then. This song came out at a time when America was blowing apart—riots in the streets; civil-rights and Vietnam raging; neighbor kids drafted and sent to war—never to return; and families failing because of generational differences. It was a turbulent time in the USA, and many people thought their country was on the verge of becoming a failed state. Even though our current crisis in the 2020’s sound like a replay of the panic that existed approximately 50 years ago—some of us still believe, we can fix the world, and make it better. If not for us, for our children and grand-kids.

“What do the lyrics mean to me? Well, first we can see that this song is appealing to peace and brotherly love. Another interesting part of the song shows the polarity of love versus fear. The song is telling us here that fear and love have to be dealt with together. If we can deal with them together, we will be at peace during our brief stay on earth and when we die.
By 1969 when ‘Get Together’ was re-released, there was a lot of fear and hatred not only in the United States but in other places around the world. In the United States, there was a lot of fear and hate towards all Communists… Remember at that time in history, the U.S. was locked in a bitter cold war with the Russian and Chinese Communists.
Domestically, there was fear and hatred between the races, and also between the establishment and war protesters as evidenced by racial riots in American cities and the Kent State student shootings on May 4, 1970. In 1969, America needed to get together and try to love one another.
There was also a lot of fear in other places around the world… How can we forget the fear and hatred between the Arabs and the Jews which was manifested in the 1967 War?
The song ‘Get Together’, however, undoubtedly is directed toward the United States and is primarily concerned with ending the fear, hatred, and killing between the Americans…” Excerpt from The Meaning of “Get Together” by The Youngbloods

“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” By: Mahatma Gandhi

“Ignorance breeds fear. We fear those things we don’t understand. If we don’t put a lid on that fear and keep that fear in check, that fear in turn will breed hatred because we hate those things that frighten us. “If we don’t keep that hatred in check, that hatred in turn will breed destruction.” By: Daryl Davis

“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.” By: Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Bible, Matthew 5:9

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