Leroy from Ca.I love Bob Marley, Yusef Cat Stevens Islam, Johnny Nash! Such true humanitarians through music!!! & I am a Christian. This song is trying to equate racial equality with selfish rich greedy people who won't help the starving poor all over the world. I recommend anyone fooled by this song to listen to song Start Right Here.
60s Baby from Mi And CtThe song is profound I. Its simplicity. The nursery rhyme implications, the teasing childlike singing of the lyrics, the simple chord exchange ... All of it reaches you on some level as if teaching children the wrongness of discrimination and racial or socioeconomic prejudice. The immature nature of discrimination ... I've loved and adored this and and Sky's genius nearly my entire 57 years. I was so lucky that my teenage brothers and sister were so into the music scene in the late 60s and 70s. Try blessed me with the best music ever made in my opinion.
Ralph from Indianapolis Sly had a way to promote good things while condemning the the bad ones. This song is similar as it promotes peace amongst people despite their race, color or creed. Read the lyrics and think about it.
Seventhmist from 7th Heaven"The world is black; the world is white..."
Chris from San Francisco, CaNot only it's two chords only as mentionned earlier by John, but I notice that the bass line is played on one key only the whole song through. Fantastic song.
John from Nashville, TnTwo chords (C and G) and the truth. What a song!
Jack from Brookline, MaI LOVE how Dave highlights the KEYWORD to his comment how: Aressted "ATTEMPTED" to RE-CONVEY the same message...haha! They tried, but pretty much FAILED MISERABLY at it! The songs are completely incomparable..no question to which song was extremely more influential, better and more culturaly important. And also, it is pretty SAD that Rolling Stone put this all the way UP at 145 out of 500...In my mind it should be in the top 10 at LEAST. Everyone in the world should listen to this song at least ONCE, and I mean REALLY listen to it. In my mind, it is certainly one of the most IMPORTANT songs ever recorded.
Dave from Cardiff, WalesIn 1992, R&B act Arrested Development scored a UK #2 hit with "People Everyday", which was based on the original by Sly Stone and attempted to re-convey the same message
Andy from Arlington, VaThis is #145 on the Rolling Stone top 500 songs.
Max from New York, United Statesvery cool song, from a now under raited band
Mike Campbell from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers played the slide guitar on "Sixth Avenue Heartache." There is a connection here - Wallflowers lead singer Jakob's dad, Bob Dylan, played with Tom Petty in The Traveling Wilburys.