♫ People ♫

♫ … are the luckiest ♫ people … in the world …

Oh … hi!  Heh heh … don’t mind me … just singing a clippet from tonight’s music post while rolling some smokes.  I get my music inspirations during showers and rolling smokes.

Tonight’s song has a two-fold purpose … for one thing, one of my readers is a fan of Barbra Streisand, and given what a wonderful friend she has been of late, trying to keep me up when I would fall down, I wanted to play something special for our friend Ellen.  Second, given the madness of the world today, with isolation becoming increasingly the ‘norm’, I think this song has significance … people who NEED people.

According to SongFacts …

Composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill wrote this for the 1964 Broadway musical Funny Girl, starring Barbra Streisand as real-life entertainer Fanny Brice. While some sources claim “People” was a cast-off from the 1962 animated version of A Christmas Carol (starring the nearsighted Mister Magoo), Styne biographer Theodore Taylor disputed the theory.

The songwriting duo met in Palm Beach, Florida, to hash out songs for Funny Girl. They realized they needed a tender song to reflect the complicated romance between Brice and her gambler/con artist boyfriend Nick Arnstein. Taylor described the scene in his 1979 book Jule: The Story of Composer Jule Styne: “Jule turned to his collaborator Bob Merrill, ‘You told me the other night to work on [the lyric] ‘a very special person.’ I think I’ve got a helluva melody for it.’…’Great,’ Merrill yelled. ‘But now it’s not gonna be just a ‘special person.’ Listen.’ Then he ad-libbed, while Jule played the melody again: ‘People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world.'”

Styne and Merrill knew they had something special when they finished the song, which took just 30 minutes to write – if only they could convince the producers, who cut the tune from early tryouts. Merrill fought to keep the song in the musical, which seemed to be a losing battle until Streisand was permitted to sing it one night and it brought the house down.

This was Streisand’s breakthrough hit and marked several firsts in her career. Not only was it her first single to land in the Top 10, it was her first one to even break the Top 40. It was also her first chart-topper on the Adult Contemporary tally. That same year, she re-recorded it for her first #1 album, People.

Barbra Streisand

People who need people,
Are the luckiest people in the world
We’re children, needing other children
And yet letting a grown-up pride
Hide all the need inside
Acting more like children than children

Lovers, very special people
They’re the luckiest people in the world
With one person (one person)
One very special person (one very special person)

A feeling deep in your soul (in your soul)
Says you were half now you’re whole
No more hunger and thirst
First be a person who needs people
People who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world

No more hunger or thirst
First be a person who needs people (people need people)
People who need people
Are the luckiest (luckiest) people in the world

People who need people in the world
People who need people (send them your love)
Who need people
People who need people in the world (people who need people)
Send them your love (oh those people)
People who need people in the world (people who need people)
(Send them your love)
(People who need people in the world) people who need people
(Send them your love) people
People who need people in the world

(Send them your love)

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Carmine Appice / Mark Stein / Tim Bogert / Vincent Martell
People lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

27 thoughts on “♫ People ♫

  1. Ahhhh..now I get it!
    After all these years of huffin’, puffin’ and chuffin’ about how ‘People who need people….what’s that all about!’
    Now I see it!!…Of course….
    Thanks Jill (and everyone else who contributed to this post).
    If I’m not careful, there’ll be flower pots on the battlements of this tower of mine!

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  2. Jill, it is a great song, sung well by a very talented singer. Helping others is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. It is a psychic income.

    I recognize that may sound foreign to some, but outreach is a way to serve one’s faith. Plus, we do need each other, as we tend to be social beings. Even if it is just hanging with one’s “peeps” it is helpful. Or, going to visit older folks who crave the company.

    David Brooks wrote of a Greek term in “The Social Animal,” called “thumos.” It means a sense of recognition and belonging. It is key to feel a sense of belonging. The ones who go it alone have bigger obstacles.

    So, people who do need people aren’t just lucky, they are being normative. Keith

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    • In general, I think that people are social animals and do need human companionship. But, throughout my life, I’ve come to view it in the words of Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of all”, where she sings: “And so I learned to depend on me”. So, while my life is richer for many of the people who are in it, I don’t ‘need’ them. Sigh. Still … it is a good song and I’m glad you liked it!


      • Thanks Jill. While we should learn to depend on ourselves, I feel we should not hesitate to ask for help. I was watching a nature show about herds of deer (or it may have been elk). The dominant stag does not dictate decisions. In fact, the herd members will notice things – water, predator, etc. – and act. The leader will follow along. I found this comforting knowing that animals shared responsibility.

        I do recognize people are different and some take in information in an introverted manner, while others are more extroverted, and even some are mixtures of both, being able to toggle one side down or up (this is me). I do believe we need each other more than we think. I am reminded of the teary-eyed homeless man in New York who told someone “you are the first person to speak to me in a month.”

        At least that is my two cents. Keith

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        • You’re right, of course, but asking for help comes hard for some of us. I’m thankful that today, I am in a position to be able to offer help rather than needing to ask for it … though I don’t have much, but what I have is shared.

          We are all products of our life’s experiences, from the cradle on, and we never stop evolving, I think. I am not today, the person I was 30 or even 20 years ago. I’ve changed because of people who have come into my life, because of situations I’ve had to find a way to cope with, and because due to maturing, I’ve reviewed and re-assessed things from way back when. Your two cents are, as always, worth a million!

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  3. A great song, but as a comment on life not so much. Need is a very strong word, and if you “need” others you are not really content in yourself, or by yourself.
    There was a time, of course, I thought I needed people, especially those I thought I was in love with. I was certainly in “something” with them, lust for one thing, but as I gained experience and found out who I was, I stopped needing people. And that was when I truly learned how to be in a relationship with others. When you know what you have to give, instead of knowing what you want to take, that is true love.
    I think women know this internally, somehow, but it did not come naturally to me, or most of the boys and men I knew in my life. They were takers, often sucking the life right out of the partners they believed they loved.
    So no, people who need people are not lucky, and the people they need are definitely unlucky.

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    • While I totally agree with you about the word “need” … I do not ‘need’ anyone, but an glad for having certain people in my life … I don’t need a song to be a social commentary in order for me to enjoy it. And no, not all women understand the difference, and in fact far too many are as clinging vines, needy wenches (sorry, I’m not a fan of humans in general right now, nor of my fellow womenkind).


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