We Can Be Together

Album: Volunteers (1970)
  • We can be together
    Ah you and me
    We should be together

    We are all outlaws in the eyes of America
    In order to survive we steal cheat lie forge fred hide and deal
    We are obscene lawless hideous dangerous dirty violent and young
    But we should be together
    Come on all you people standing around
    Our life's too fine to let it die
    We can be together

    All your private property is target for your enemy
    And your enemy
    Is we
    Da da da da da da da da da
    Da da da da da da da da da
    We are forces of chaos and anarchy
    Everything they say we are we are
    And we are very
    Proud of ourselves

    Up against the wall
    Up against the wall fred (motherfucker)
    Tear down the walls
    Tear down the walls

    Come on now together
    Get it on together
    Everybody together
    We should be together
    We should be together my friends
    We can be together
    We will be

    We must begin here and now
    A new continent of earth and fire
    Tear down the walls
    Tear down the walls
    Tear down the walls
    Tear down the walls
    Tear down the walls
    Won't you try Writer/s: Paul L. Kantner
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group, Wixen Music Publishing
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 9

  • Bruce from New Orleans, La"Up Against the Wall, Motherf--ker" had its lyrical origination with the MC5 (Motor City 5 -- from, not oddly, Detroit). The origin of the original phrase is somewhat more obscure, old and, no doubt, shrouded in the mists of time.
  • Husunzi from Neijiang, China'Most of the lyrics for... "We Can Be Together"... were used virtually word for word on a leaflet written by [UAW/MF member] John Sundstrom, and published as "The Outlaw Page" in the East Village Other.' Not sure if this means Paul Kantner borrowed the words from UAW/MF or vice versa. Anyone know anything else about this coincidence?
  • Julian from Minneapolis, MnUh, Fyodor -- it was the other side's fault. Or weren't you actually there?
  • Jay from Hope, AbThis song was the cry for change that was only ever partially heard. It was a plea for humanity to return before everything collapsed, and while it went only partially heeded everyone got a taste of things to come.

    I wish their luxury cars would have been stolen, too, but haven't you read the essay "Death of the Author" by Barthes? The author is irrelevant, get over it. All that matters is the words. You'll find hypocrisy in everyone - just judge the words themselves and stop trying to feel superior simply because the author reaches out to heaven and fails to grasp it. Are you truly so saddened by your own failures to reach your dreams you can only spit vritually at others who have equally failed but at least tried?

    How sad. Oh well.
  • Doug from Oakland, CaTrish,the Movement peaked in May,1970.After that,it was all downhill.
    We Can Be Together came out in the first part of 1970 when it appeared that the entire country was on the brink of chaos.
    One wonders what would have happened if someone tried to steal one of the Airplane's luxury cars and told Grace and Marty,"Hey,all your private property is a target for your enemy"
  • Steve from Birmingham, AlEskimo Blue Day
  • Fred from Laurel, MdThe remark about the Baxter's album is interesting, because they at least got the s-word into the soundtrack of an album-I remember hearing it on the recording. I don't remember the song or album title, but the lyric was, "...the great American dream doesn't mean s--- to a tree." Tony, was that what you were referring to, and are you saying they didn't get the word into the printed lyrics; or that in a different battle, over the song I excerpted from above, they couldn't get the word into the song at all?
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoThis very self-conscious hippy movement manifesto does a good, if inadvertent, job of laying bare the movement's contradictions and confusion as it advocates unethical behavior for some supposedly higher morality, destruction for the sake of peace and a divisive stance for the sake of togetherness. Oh, I know it's supposedly all the other side's fault. It always is, isn't it?
  • Trish from Old Forge, Pai'm pretty sure that up against the wall mother****ers was not originated by the airplane. this is what protesters and SDS members heard quite a bit from national guardsmen and pigs all over america in the mid to late 60's. this song did not come out until 1970, well after most of the underground movement's main protests and rallies had ended
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