♫ Where Is The Love ♫

Tonight, I was going to play Midnight at the Oasis … until I realized that I had played it not once, but twice in just over a year already, and it didn’t go over all that well last time I played it.  So as I listened to the song, I scrolled down the YouTube suggestions on the right of my screen, and hit upon this song, originally by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway.  

This was written by percussionist Ralph MacDonald and bass player William Salter. They wrote the song hoping The 5th Dimension would record it, but MacDonald was working on the session for the Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway album, and when they needed one more song, he offered it to them.

Flack and Hathaway were good friends who both attended Howard University. Their first collaboration was a cover of Carole King’s You’ve Got a Friend. This led to an entire album of duets, which contained this hit.  Six years later, Flack and Hathaway teamed up again for The Closer I Get To You, which hit #2 in the US. Flack also recorded successful duets with Peabo Bryson (Tonight, I Celebrate My Love) and Maxi Priest (Set The Night To Music).

The song won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.  It charted at #1 in the U.S., #29 in the UK, and #35 in Canada.  It has been covered by numerous people, including Helen Reddy, but the one I find I liked best, after Flack & Hathaway’s version of course, is the one by Sérgio Mendes & Brasil ’77, so I am including that one here as well.

Where Is the Love
Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack

Where is the love?
You said, was mine, all mine
Till the end of time
Was it just a lie?

Where is the love?
If you had, had a sudden change of heart
I wish that you would tell me so
Don’t leave me hangin’ on the promises

You’ve got to let me know
Oh, how I wish, I never met you
I guess, it must have been my fate
To fall in love with someone else’s love
All I can do is wait
That’s all I can do, yeah yeah

Where is the love? (Where is the love?)
Where is the love? (Where is the love?)
Where is the love? (Where is the love?)
Where is the love? (Where is the love?)
Where is the love? (Where is the love?)
Where is the love? (Where is the love?)
Where is the love? (Where is the love?)
Where is the love? (Where is the love?)

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Mac Donald Ralph / Salter William
Where Is the Love lyrics © Universal Music – Z Tunes Llc, Reservoir 416, Tennman Tunes, Bmg Ruby Songs, Printz Polar Publishing, Songs Of Universal Inc., Antisia Music Inc

3 thoughts on “♫ Where Is The Love ♫

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  2. Jill, good song. Roberta Flack has a mellow and soothing voice. Hearing her harmonize well is not a surprise. I was struck by “First time ever I saw your face” and “Killing me softly” which launched her career. Keith

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