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Takin' It To the Streets

by

The Doobie Brothers



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This song was written by Doobie Brothers keyboard player and lead singer Michael McDonald, who joined the group when Doobie guitarist Tom Johnson fell ill. The words were partly inspired by an essay McDonald's sister wrote, hence the lyrics, "Take this message to my brother."
2006 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks performed this on the show and recorded it for the B-side of this first single, "Do I Make You Proud?" (thanks, Sara - Silver Spring, MD, for above 2)
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Comments (5):

Sounds almost political to me, but I suppose anything could....very vague and up from the bottom everywhere kind of thing, and now we have to take it to the streets
- william, birmingham, AL
This band rocks Live,sounding great,and Black Water was my only favorite,when they were together
- Jorge, Bronx, NY
The original lead singer of the Doobies who fell ill was Tom JOHNSTON, not "Johnson."
- Robin, Rockville, MD
This marked a shift in the doobie Bros music at the time a more R n B, soul feel, which was a great change..
- Jim, Long Beach, CA
The LP Taking it to the Streets is excellent. It marked a new sound for the Doobies with McDonald's R&B keyboard style and vocal stylings. Johnson and bass player Tyran Porter also contributed memorable cuts.
- Charles, Charlotte, NC
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