Everyday People

Album: Stand! (1968)
Charted: 36 1
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  • 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
    And different strokes for different folks
    And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo

    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 bein' such a rich one that will not help the poor one
    And different strokes for different folks
    And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo

    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
    And different strokes for different folks
    And so on and so on and scooby dooby doo

    I am everyday people Writer/s: Sylvester Stewart
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 10

  • 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
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