♫ Everyday People ♫ (Redux)

Most often, I just like a song for the music … the tune, the singer(s), the rhythm, and there is no real rhyme nor reason … I just like what I like.  But there are a few songs that I also like for the message, and Everyday People is one of those.  Today, in the U.S. and other parts of the world, the message is one that … is even more relevant than it was in 1968 when this song was released.  Today, the bigots, homophobes,  and racists, those who believe they are somehow “better” than others, seem the loudest voices in the land.  It disgusts and sickens me, some days so much so that I just want to bow out of the human species.

The meaning in this song isn’t deep, mysterious or cryptic … it is quite simple:  we are all the same … everyday people.  Nobody is better than another.  Personally, I think this song should be required to be played in every church, synagogue and mosque throughout the world, for it gets down to the basics of what religion ought to be about.  You get this message down, then the rest follows naturally.

The song was originally released by Sly and the Family Stone in 1968 and was the first single by the band to go to #1.

milk.h1The song was used in the movie Milk, about gay rights activist Harvey Milk who, in 1977 when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, became the first openly gay elected official in the United States.  Less than one year later, on November 27, 1978, Milk was gunned down along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone.  The shooter was Supervisor Dan White, a conservative board member who had campaigned on a platform of law and order, civic pride, and family values.  The movie is worth a watch, if you haven’t seen it.milk shootingSly & the Family Stone was a mash up of musical styles with band members of different genders and ethnic backgrounds — they lived the message they sang about.  And now, I’ve chattered enough … just listen …

Everyday People
Sly & the Family Stone

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

Songwriters: Sylvester Stewart
Everyday People (from Milk) (Re-Recorded / Remastered) lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

28 thoughts on “♫ Everyday People ♫ (Redux)

  1. Pingback: ♫ Everyday People ♫ (Redux) — Filosofa’s Word | Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News

  2. Redux of comment from Dec. 12, 2020:
    This is why I listen to the words before I commit to liking a song. A pleasant melody or catchy chorus cannot overcome songs of hatred or cruelty for me. Sly and the Family Stone were way ahead of their time, but really they were long overdue. The hippie movement was long overdue. But those who opposed us won out in the end. Power rules, even over peace and love. Trump is proof of that.
    If the human race doesn’t get it soon, maybe they never will…

    The above comment explains my approach to music: It may not have to be meaningful but it has to be nice, or at least friendly. This song is all of those. What I like is that it gives good advice rather than must asking a question. Sly made it personal:
    “I” am everyday people
    That way, when you sing along, you are singing that “you” are everyday peope too. If only everyone who sings it believed it!

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    • I’m with you, Clive … I no longer believe that the day will come when humans set aside their prejudices and learn to live together in peace and harmony. I once believed in that dream, but no longer. I’m glad you liked the song!


  3. There were a plethora of well meaning songs back in this era, weren’t there?. The unique aspect of this one is that it warned about everyone’s prejudices.
    Because back then there were dirty little secrets letting slip here and there.
    You are quite right Jill, it should be played- everywhere.

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