May 21st, 1971 – “What’s Going On” asks Marvin Gaye

On this day in 1971 Marvin Gaye’s truly ground-breaking album “What’s Going On” was released.  The single “Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology Song)” was released a few weeks later, on June 10th, a date which has competing interests.

Woo ah, mercy mercy me
Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Where did all the blue skies go?
Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east
Woo mercy, mercy me, mercy father
Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seas, fish full of mercury
Ah oh mercy, mercy me
Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Radiation under ground and in the sky
Animals and birds who live nearby are dying
Oh mercy, mercy me
Ah things ain’t what they used to be
What about this overcrowded land
How much more abuse from man can she stand?
Oh, na na…
My sweet Lord… No
My Lord… My sweet Lord

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