In honor of the New Year now upon us, I selected another song from the Ye ‘Ol Decade of the 1970s to christen 2014. Wake Up Everybody (1975) was Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ last Top 40 hit. The smooth and soulful lead vocal was performed by none other than Teddy Pendergrass, in one of his last numbers with the group.
The lyrics, written by John Whitehead, Gene McFadden and Victor Carstarphen, seemed to fit our time once more.
Wake up everybody, no more sleepin' in bed No more backward thinkin' time for thinkin' ahead The world has changed so very much from what it used to be So there is so much hatred war an' poverty Wake up all the teachers, time to teach a new way Maybe then they'll listen to whatcha have to say 'Cause they're the ones who's coming up and the world is in their hands When you teach the children, teach 'em the very best you can The world won't get no better If we just let it be The world won't get no better We gotta change it, yeah, just you and me Wake up all the doctors, make the ol' people well They're the ones who suffer an' who catch all the hell But they don't have so very long before the judgment day So won'tcha make them happy before they pass away? Wake up all the builders, time to build a new land I know we can do it if we all lend a hand The only thing we have to do is put it in our mind Surely things will work out, they do it every time The world won't get no better If we just let it be The world won't get no better We gotta change it, yeah, just you and me
And if you think it doesn’t pertain, reflect back to the words of Carl Sagan, as highlighted by Adam Frank (on Facebook and on Twitter) in his NPR piece that included the following video from Adam Winnik and Hans Zimmer:
A Happy New Year to us all.