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Sly & the Family Stone — Everyday People
Album: Stand!
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7.7

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Total ratings: 1255









Released: 1969
Length: 2:19
Plays (last 30 days): 3
Sometimes I'm right and I can be wrong
My own beliefs are in my song
The butcher, the banker, the drummer and then
Makes no difference what group I'm in
I am everyday people, yeah, yeah

There is a blue one
Who can't accept the green one
For living with a fat one
Trying to be a skinny one
Different strokes
For different folks

And so on and so on
And scooby dooby dooby
Oh sha sha
We got to live together

I am no better and neither are you
We are the same, whatever we do
You love me, you hate me, you know me and then
You can't figure out the bag I'm in
I am everyday people, yeah yeah

There is a long hair
That doesn't like the short hair
For being such a rich one
That will not help the poor one
Different strokes
For different folks

And so on and so on
And scooby dooby dooby
Oh sha sha
We got to live together

There is a yellow one
That won't accept the black one
That won't accept the red one
That won't accept the white one
Different strokes
For different folks

And so on and so on
And scooby dooby dooby
Oh sha sha
I am everyday people
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Got sick of it in the 60's. Still one that I skip.
 inbagt wrote:

This is a good example of commercials ruining older songs for me. 




Doesn't ruin it for me but is annoying. The current stupid coffee commercial using 25 or 6 to 4 is this years example.
Perfect to groove into the weekend on a Friday arvo 
"... and so on and so on and scooby  dooby dooby..."  The Deep lyrics of our generation
 naumni wrote:

Please, more Sly & the Family Stone !!  Always gets me movin'.




I  Agree!!
Just a fine fine set of music happening on this Friday - the message here aptly captured!
 Stefen wrote:

Kinda liberal.



Liberal doesn't come to my mind. My prescription for you is to watch  "Summer Of Soul".
Doesn’t get any better than this.
 (former member) wrote:



Is that Derek Rodman?
 inbagt wrote:

This is a good example of commercials ruining older songs for me. 



also "Heard it through the gravevine" 
Y'all wanna see a great Sly set? Check out Summer of Soul. Streaming on Hulu.
"Lost" concert footage from Black Woodstock, Summer 69
 bitbanger wrote:
Now this must have been one heck of a show!


My very first show ever! I was maybe 11 or 12, Sly came out very his very funky big blue hat! 
When I was a kid, you couldn't get cooler than Sly Stone. He was the man. I was a white kid raised in a black neighborhood in the city. I wouldn't trade it for the world, I felt nothing but love. 
Now this must have been one heck of a show!
This is a good example of commercials ruining older songs for me. 
Gotta love that stage name "Sly Stone"
A 60s classic in a tight 2:20...

1969




{#Crown}


 Wardleader wrote:
{#Hug}{#High-five}{#Kiss}{#Group-hug}{#Heartkiss}

 
{#Cowboy}
{#Hug}{#High-five}{#Kiss}{#Group-hug}{#Heartkiss}
Please, more Sly & the Family Stone !!  Always gets me movin'.
 LaurieinTucson wrote:
I hear cowbell in everything now
 
I think you have a fever.
I feel a strange urge to buy a Toyota...
I hear cowbell in everything now
 joshtime wrote:
always thought he was singing 'i hate everyday people'... which makes me laugh.

 

What about William Shatner's song about "ordinary people?"
 RParadise wrote:
Amazingly, the bass player seems to just be playing one note throughout the entire song.  And yet . . .

How does he do that?

 
It takes a lot of discipline.  Incidentally, that's Larry Graham - one of the most talented and innovative electric bass players ever - playing on this tune. 
 coolpeople_rule wrote:


Because it speaks to the soul.

 
yes

beautiful 
 Stefen wrote:
Kinda liberal.

 
try Gil Scott Heron " The Revolution Will Not Be Televised "    that I  also agree with . or perhaps  " talkin ' world war 3 blues " by bob fershur
Classic tune, great message.
GOT'A GET UP & DANCE TO THIS
 Rozsa wrote:
Never gets old this one. {#Dance}

 

Because it speaks to the soul.
Never gets old this one. {#Dance}

And so on and so on and Scooby dooby doo-bee

Genius!


{#Dancingbanana}
Had to check to see if I was in 'Replay' mode lol interesting list all on the same theme .. nice one Bill
 Stefen wrote:
Kinda liberal.
 
Yeah. And? Is this an observation, or a reproach? Either way, somehow, "I love elite people" or "I shoot everyday people" doesn't quite have the same appeal. 
DUDE!!  Give me a little warning before you light off the afterburners on this WayBack machine!
Great song, way back when made a tape mix and segued this into Kraftwerk's Computer World, give that a try Bill!
What a gem!!!
Great song.  My only complaint is that it ends too soon.
 Stefen wrote:
Kinda liberal.
 

the original 99% song
Amazingly, the bass player seems to just be playing one note throughout the entire song.  And yet . . .

How does he do that?
rich
always thought he was singing 'i hate everyday people'... which makes me laugh.
Scooby doobie doobie...gets me every time!{#Dancingbanana}
Kinda liberal.
More Sly!
I went to go see them back in '68 in Chicago at the Grant Park band shell along with Muddy Waters  but after Muddy Waters played they never showed up and a riot ensued. Muddy Waters was good anyways...
ooooooohhh sha sha

enough said. {#Yes}
This song is fantastic, and too short.  Gets me moving every time.
...whatever happened to arrested development?..i always like their cover...
This is still so refreshing!

and scooby doobie doobie!
{#Cheers}
 livemuzc wrote:
Speaking of oldies, need and opinion.....only music in town tonight is Gary US Bonds....id it worth going to?? i'm unfamiliar.....
Never seen him, but any hero of Bruce Springsteen's is a hero of mine. :)

Speaking of oldies, need and opinion.....only music in town tonight is Gary US Bonds....id it worth going to?? i'm unfamiliar.....
 Hippostar wrote:
Kinda makes you want to buy a Chevy, huh.
Aaarghh!!!

On an old '80 cassette tape I made I segued this grand song into Kraftwerk's Computer World and that's all I can think of; Bill new segue can you cue up for me?
the quintessential message of the 60's. makes me think of the rascals and the youngbloods. a 10 everyday in my book.
Kinda makes you want to buy a Chevy, huh.
Ok to hear here once in awhile. It drove me nuckin' FUTS back in the day when it was overplayed to DEATH on the radio.
 spotcheckbilly wrote:
Great song. Guess you had to be there. By there I mean the smoke-in at U of MD in 1971.

Propably. To me, this is one of the bands I hear critics raving about, so I put it on my "to discover" list only to find out I don't get what they're getting. Different folks for different strokes. Enjoy.

 lophrequa wrote:

i don't know G but i want to go there {#Sunny}
 
Jump on,,,,,,{#Motor}

Just a good fun song. Definitely one of my favs by Sly and fam. Thank you falettinme hear this agin!!
Great song. Guess you had to be there. By there I mean the smoke-in at U of MD in 1971.

gjeeg wrote:
Where did music like this GO?

i don't know G but i want to go there {#Sunny}
Where did music like this GO?
Zep wrote:
But it dances well - and it works great with kids. Solid 7.
i gave it a 10 for being a STONE CLASSIC! %^D
Inflatablewoman wrote:
It's a very silly song.
But it dances well - and it works great with kids. Solid 7.
Thanks Bill! Great song, great message. If you had heard it when it was first released in the late 60's, which I did, I suppose it would have a different impact on you than hearing it now. Everyone has feelings attached to music in relation to what is happening at the time they first heard it.
purple_love wrote:
A classic...........
It's a very silly song.
Love the lyrics (with the exception of the the whole scoobie doobie carziness) but I can't really stomach the song.
Love it!
daveturnley wrote:
Read the new Vanity Fair profile of him. He's odd, for sure, but he seems to have put himself back together.
That's great to hear! I'll check it out, Thanks!
heyjoe3577 wrote:
This is one of my favorite songs ever. The message is great. The beat is great. Too bad Sly went all loony tunes.
Read the new Vanity Fair profile of him. He's odd, for sure, but he seems to have put himself back together.
This is not a bad song. But almost an 8 as rating average ?? That type of song would be proposed today and we'd think : " What a silly song "...
We got to live together!
I know I'm supposed to like it. I just don't.
I can't help but imitate that little thing the dude does at the end of "we got to live togethuoouUUHH"
This is one of my favorite songs ever. The message is great. The beat is great. Too bad Sly went all loony tunes.
purple_love wrote:
A classic...........
...from a great album!
purple_love wrote:
A classic...........
Agreed, very 'period'. Please do not play too often. This group put on one of the worst concerts I have ever attended.
A classic...........