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The Youngbloods — Get Together
Album: Elephant Mountain
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Released: 1969
Length: 4:31
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Love is but a song we sing
Fear's the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry
Though the bird is on the wing
And you may not know why

Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

Some may come and some may go
He will surely pass
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last
We are but a moment's sunlight
Fading in the grass

Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

If you hear the song I sing
You will understand, listen
You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It's there at your command

Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

Come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now

I said come on, people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now
Right now
Right now
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 mrselfdestruct wrote:
Listening with headphones and I hear some kind of talking low in the mix? What the hell is that?
 
I don't know. Always been there, though.
timeless...  the lyrics tho 
 gmichaelt wrote:

You may be thinking of the Pedalians. Totally different.
 
or perhaps La Pleiade, a group of 16th-century French Renaissance poets.
 Proclivities wrote:

They only send out one guy, with no companions - he shows up on a small bicycle.
 
very witty, Proclivities!
Never gets old. Along with Darkness Darkness some of the best from a really good groupaguys
 westslope wrote:
Rather fond of this piece.  Another part of the soundtrack of youth.

Love the rudimentary stereo production! 
 
this flac stream is revealing all kinds of wonderful!
 Proclivities wrote:
They only send out one guy, with no companions - he shows up on a small bicycle.
 
You may be thinking of the Pedalians. Totally different.
Rather fond of this piece.  Another part of the soundtrack of youth.

Love the rudimentary stereo production! 
Get Together was not on "Elephant Mountain", it was released on "The Youngbloods" in 1966.

Still a great song after all these decades...
 CyrusPaul wrote:
Just listening to this again and wondering why this hasn't been covered with a new spin on it.  As the relevancy to today is so clear, seems like an obvious candidate for a new take on this classic. 
 
Don't need one. This stands the test of almost half a century, and is as close to perfect as it gets. 
Just listening to this again and wondering why this hasn't been covered with a new spin on it.  As the relevancy to today is so clear, seems like an obvious candidate for a new take on this classic. 
 nutrod42 wrote:

I hadn't considered that (probably because I'd never heard of the Pleadeans until now). If that was the case, wouldn't it be "When the ones that left us here return for us at last"? {#Smile}
 
They only send out one guy, with no companions - he shows up on a small bicycle.
Forever a classic. Right on then, just as much or more now. 
Chalk up another "I never noticed that before" to the lossless format - I just now noticed the verbal "bass line" which somehow escaped my ears all these years.  Damn great tune.  Sorry to ANYONE who hears this and thinks of lost loved ones in ANY war.  Long Live RP and PEACE to all of mankind!!
PLUR
all religion summed up into one line:

We are but a moment's sunlight, fading in the grass.
 haretic wrote:
meauclaire wrote:

 
This should be our national anthem.
                                                                                                            

nutrod42 wrote:

Maybe without the Jesus reference. Still a great song, though.

 
Really?  I always thought that reference was to Pleiadian precursors! 

{#Stupid}
 
I hadn't considered that (probably because I'd never heard of the Pleadeans until now). If that was the case, wouldn't it be "When the ones that left us here return for us at last"? {#Smile}
meauclaire wrote:

 
This should be our national anthem.
                                                                                                            

nutrod42 wrote:

Maybe without the Jesus reference. Still a great song, though.

 
Really?  I always thought that reference was to Pleiadian precursors! 

{#Stupid}
Really takes me back this. I was 18 and having the time of my life. Oh where did the time go!
 meauclaire wrote:
This should be our national anthem.

 
Maybe without the Jesus reference. Still a great song, though.
This should be our national anthem.
In 1968 when this song came out I was just a little kid, about 7 or 8.  My brother joined the army and went away forever.  It just came over me like a wave, watching him walk out the door in his uniform on his way to Vietnam.  I was just a little kid.
 nomnol wrote:
A classic that will survive forever.

 
I hope this song will last forever.  

Wonderful groove, wonderful sentiment.

Graham
Somewhere in Kuwait
Something that has bothered me since I first saw this album art:

What is that "pile of red stuff" in the foreground of the album cover? Is it a pile of natural-casing hot dogs? What is it supposed to represent?
Nice PSD from u2
Greatest peace song ever. 
             


                                     Ahhhhh, yes. Get together {#Drool}
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 Jeff09 wrote:
The song that should be played for every person in this country (US), every day, for the next four years....

 
I like this song, but I'm not sure if there's any song I'd want to hear every day for the next four years...well, except maybe "Java" by Al Hirt.
 freddyfender wrote:

No Sir.  Now is not a time to blindly follow this snake oil salesman.  It is a time for hyper-vigilance and action to stop him and his ugly policies. 

 
That too...
 Jeff09 wrote:
The song that should be played for every person in this country (US), every day, for the next four years....

 
No Sir.  Now is not a time to blindly follow this snake oil salesman.  It is a time for hyper-vigilance and action to stop him and his ugly policies. 
 {#Notworthy}Jeff09 wrote:
The song that should be played for every person in this country (US), every day, for the next four years....

 


 Jeff09 wrote:
The song that should be played for every person in this country (US), every day, for the next four years....

 
Amen!
The song that should be played for every person in this country (US), every day, for the next four years....
 dragon1952 wrote:
Wait...let me go do a quick bowl first {#Drunk}

 
OK, time to catch up. It's way past 4:20 here. Enjoy.
Wait...let me go do a quick bowl first {#Drunk}
 Boy_Wonder wrote: it almost looks like Richard Hammond standing on a chair behind the Stig.
The Youngbloods from 1968 (thanks Wikipedia) ... so why do they have The Stig with them!!!  Is that early Clarkson and May in the background?

(I realise this may mean nothing to most of the world....)
The Youngbloods 1968.JPG



 


The Youngbloods from 1968 (thanks Wikipedia) ... so why do they have The Stig with them!!!  Is that early Clarkson and May in the background?

(I realise this may mean nothing to most of the world....)
The Youngbloods 1968.JPG


G O L D E N.
 
A 10 for me.  So many memories of being 18, ready to graduate, summers on Cape Cod, student deferment, and off to college.  College in Boston.  Thank you Bill.
mellow? no way this is mellow, fool

 
Oh the memories. I get so nostalgic and mellow whenever I hear this.

{#Kiss}Summer of peace and love it was indeed. I wish it never went away.

C'mon people....love one another. Right now.  
A classic that will survive forever.
 Steely_D wrote:
We are but a moment's sunlight, fading in the grass...

This song should be the National Anthem, and shame on the folks who grew up during this but lost track of their/our dreams.

 
didn't the Younbloods or their record comapny or some other group send copies of this single to all members of congress to be the new national anthem?
We are but a moment's sunlight, fading in the grass...

This song should be the National Anthem, and shame on the folks who grew up during this but lost track of their/our dreams.

 
This came on this weekend while I was browsing Ace Hardware. I think I startled the ladies to my right when I suddenly whispered along with the song

if you hear the song I sing you will understand LISTEN 
 jbuhl wrote:
I was ~ 11 when this came out.  My parents burger joint next door, me lying it bed and the juke box playing these 45s next door.  It's like a time machine when I here this stuff.

 
I was 20 when this came out. I was throwing teargas canisters back at the man at MD University. The song never seems to loose it s relavance. 9.2
I was ~ 11 when this came out.  My parents burger joint next door, me lying it bed and the juke box playing these 45s next door.  It's like a time machine when I here this stuff.
 ScottishWillie wrote:

I love this old fashioned stereo when different instrument come out each channels (as against being split between both sides). I’m sorry that this kind of recording/mixing has gone out of fashion.



 
Agreed...  

I love this old fashioned stereo when different instrument come out each channels (as against being split between both sides). I’m sorry that this kind of recording/mixing has gone out of fashion.


 zepher wrote:


Classic Song.... The guitar takes me back to a place long ago in a galaxy far away.... Some things never go out of style.



 "Signs, signs, everywhere a sign..." . Even more so these days! And, lovely young women? I'd better not look at them for too long, My daughter and wife would not approve :-)  The world has not become a better place, I fear, despite my youthful hopes and dreams.
 



We are but a moment's sunlight, fading in the grass...

This song should be the National Anthem, and shame on the folks who grew up during this but lost track of their/our dreams.
Listening with headphones and I hear some kind of talking low in the mix? What the hell is that?


Classic Song.... The guitar takes me back to a place long ago in a galaxy far away.... Some things never go out of style.


For me, this is the archetypal '60s song.  It's about peace, love, understanding, with some groovy '60s guitar riffs, from a San Francisco band.  Puts a smile on my face.
If the "civilized world" has, in its blind march toward the future, simply walked on past the sentiment expressed so beautifully by this song I fear that true humanity may all, indeed, be lost forever. 
 
Immortal! We are sunlight, fading in the grass...Yet I swear, there is more to it than that...there is a Quantum Thing to it that defies logic
 JonesJR wrote:
I was Military when Get Together was new, and we needed it then. I thought we would not make those mistakes again; we were a new generation. Well here we are making mistakes again and I am ashamed. It is different now, there is wisdom, but the mean people are loud, I hope it is a minority.
 

 
The next generations forget if they haven't lived it, and today you have a corporate infotainment media pounding them non-stop, owned by sociopaths that have a stake in the wars and fascist insanity for profit. Same shit, different decade. Example: General Electric owns NBC, also makes nuclear power plants and engines for military aircraft. That's the spin we'll get on the idiot box.

I was military in the early 80's but then we had the USSR holding us back. Today's military is not the one I was in, and I'd never support what it's done since the Neo Cons usurped our foreign policy in 2000 and invented "turrurrism" for one-size-fits-all perpetual conflict. They make Nixon look like Little Bo Peep. I'd have to go AWOL.

A Shrub says the Turrur Alert color today is Orange, but don't worry just go shopping while Smooth Black Dude says yeah we tortured a few folks, but hey we hear ya! At least NSA and AT&T does...

There's no draft, but they dreamt up Stop Loss instead. Convenient to keep the middle-class mom's out of the streets and screaming to Congress (what Congress?) that their kids are forced into needless wars. You can bet if there was a draft, the U.S. in the Middle East would have stopped long ago and probably no 9/11 but the Neo Cons learned their lessons from Vietnam: keep the economy fairly bad and you'll have plenty of under-employed cannon fodder for imperialism.

America should be ashamed, and throw the bastards out.


Bums me out that Jesse Colin-Young is hardly known by most of the people I know.  I'll say, "...but remember Jesse Colin-Young's music" and they say..."Who?"   :(  I check on him on the web now and again, know that he is alive, thinking he is still performing, but one just never hears about him anymore.  His work with the Youngbloods and on his own are both great!
I was Military when Get Together was new, and we needed it then. I thought we would not make those mistakes again; we were a new generation. Well here we are making mistakes again and I am ashamed. It is different now, there is wisdom, but the mean people are loud, I hope it is a minority.
 
that's great bev!   just knowing a friend is trying to help gets our positive energies going
I was struggling once, awhile back, and a dear friend put this song on and played it over the phone for me.

"...LISTEN: you hold the key to love and fear ...just one key unlocks them both..."

It was a beautiful gesture and a lovely moment.  And yeah, it made a difference.
This song, many other songs, many rallies, a few dead protesters, it all eventually pushed the USA to withdraw from Vietnam with its tail between its legs.  

The USA continues to kill large numbers of innocent civilians but it is getting increasingly difficult and costly to do so. 
So good
No comments? I think they get erased every so often? I already rated this song and I always look at the comments. Anywho GREAT classic song {#Group-hug}   Hmmm must have abeen a glitch NOW I see plenty of comments lol
Love Jess Collin Young
 
One of the most important songs ever written.....Listen....

­First few times I listened to this on Radio Paradise I assumed it was listening to the Birds. Don’t think this was ever a hit on this side of the Atlantic?

Wonderful wonderful song.


I would support making this our national anthem.
 oldsaxon wrote:

I agree. We can say it won't make a hoot in hell but then that simply ensures it won't. Speak up, tell your associates what you think. What can they say? Peace love and understanding is silly? Do you even want to know them if they think that?

 
Come on, peace, love and understanding are boring.  We need more extremes.  That's cool!  More hate, haters, hater haters, fear, villains, heroes, idols,  "war on ____", actual wars, bombs,...  Sorry for the sarcastic rant, but sometimes the truth is just too boring. 
Interesting... today is Jesse's birthday.
 TerryS wrote:

True. true, but how much is genuine and how much lazy thinking?

 
I agree. We can say it won't make a hoot in hell but then that simply ensures it won't. Speak up, tell your associates what you think. What can they say? Peace love and understanding is silly? Do you even want to know them if they think that?




Terriffic!
This song always make me think of Spinal Tap's "Listen...to what the flower children say" shhhh... we love you....
What a great song.
Happy sounds {#Good-vibes}
 easmann wrote:
stalfnzo wrote:
Ah, the naiveté of youth. We all thought that LOVE would conquer hatred. We were wrong. Man's inhumanity towards man is the rule, and we will fall because of it.

Nice song, though.

Otomi wrote:
Try it on a small scale, in your social networks (both physical and virtual), and watch the ripples spread.
 
Interesting idea. The amount of hatred on these song boards, perpetrated by purported music lovers, is astounding.

 
True. true, but how much is genuine and how much lazy thinking?
 westslope wrote:

Large red bananas.

 
Not as tasty, IMHO
 EarthMama wrote:
What's that on the cover of this album? A stack of summer sausages?

 
Large red bananas.
What's that on the cover of this album? A stack of summer sausages?
Can I slip a word in here extolling the virtues of nuclear war?
Clark_Novato wrote:
#1 hippie song of all time.


On_The_Beach wrote:

Well, maybe. Scott McKenzie's "San Francisco" is right up there.
Summertime will be a love-in there.  ; )

 
I think a tie for #1 is in order.
 Otomi wrote:

Try it on a small scale, in your social networks (both physical and virtual), and watch the ripples spread.

 
"May the Long Time Sun
Shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light
within you
Guide your way on"
...The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
 stalfnzo wrote:
Ah, the naiveté of youth. We all thought that LOVE would conquer hatred. We were wrong. Man's inhumanity towards man is the rule, and we will fall because of it.

Nice song, though.
 
Try it on a small scale, in your social networks (both physical and virtual), and watch the ripples spread.
I like the Byrds-like jangling on the guitars in this one an awful lot. As a kid I heard it in an era of mystery and mayhem and it shines eternal
Always wanted to know what a "trembling hane" was.
Ah, the naiveté of youth. We all thought that LOVE would conquer hatred. We were wrong. Man's inhumanity towards man is the rule, and we will fall because of it. 

Nice song, though. 
 freemusic wrote:
 zepher wrote:

"Freedom Rock"

It seems so strange now.... Seeing appreciation now for that time when anyone in uniform was despised or misunderstood....  Listening to this song from that time....

I thank this country for finally thanking those that were never thanked.    (Even though I served, I never consider myself to have sacrificed, and feel very odd when someone finds out I served.)   

I join everyone in thanking those that truly did sacrifice for us.



 
I love this song a I thank u for your service... It was a noble war bravely fought and sadly lost
Owned this on vinyl, what a great album. My favorite cut is "Darkness, Darkness"

Produced by Charlie Daniels. Hmm.
 Clark_Novato wrote:
#1 hippie song of all time.
 
Well, maybe. Scott McKenzie's "San Francisco" is right up there.
Summertime will be a love-in there.  ; )
It does drone on a bit, doesn't it?
Still, good song, that could be 90 seconds shorter. 
My wife and her sister used to sing this jewel to perfection. Sweet! {#Sunny}
 freemusic wrote:

I served 67-69.  Got news for you, everything that was done to end that atrocity was well worth it.  And the urban myth of returning vets being spit at etc was just that.  The war protestors did more for the vets than all the authorities ever did.  In a war, the one who gets you killed is the enemy. (thanks to Catch-22 and paraphrased) 
 zepher wrote:

"Freedom Rock"

It seems so strange now.... Seeing appreciation now for that time when anyone in uniform was despised or misunderstood....  Listening to this song from that time....

I thank this country for finally thanking those that were never thanked.    (Even though I served, I never consider myself to have sacrificed, and feel very odd when someone finds out I served.)   

I join everyone in thanking those that truly did sacrifice for us.



 


 hippiechick wrote:
Sing this song loud, and sing it clear!
 
Hippiechick loves this song.......groovy!
 
Seems safe to say songs like this are not being written and becoming hits anymore.
Please include examples in disagreement. 
when this song was popular, people were spitting on Viet Nam vets as they landed and came back from a tour of duty of pure hell...and now their countrymen are spitting upon them. I cannot imagine how that must have felt, but a needle came to the rescue. I was in 4th grade, yet very aware of the madness of this war. Get Together qualifies as a protest song from that era
Although I have no history with this song and it is not really my type of music, 
I do appreciate its authentic/cozy sound. No tweaking, real. Nice real-people-voice doubling. Rare these days.
Just being an old tune from an era of classics, does not make this a great tune.
Are you really listening?

Slow, dull, amateurish.   But I like it.

kingart wrote:

I'll say that again. 

kingart wrote:

        Only a hopeless cynic would dismiss this song. One of the greatest of its kind, of its time, of this time. A classic. 

And I will say it with you once more.  C'mon people, now, smile on your brother.
Still works for me, after all these years.


{#Heartkiss}
up, up..up.. ............... gently..
 kingart wrote:
Only a hopeless cynic would dismiss this song. One of the greatest of its kind, of its time, of this time. A classic. 

 
I'll say that again. 
Sometimes this can hit you upside the head in such a way like you ain't never heard it countless times all through your life, and then, you can be sure it's REAL that it reached you in the first place
 zepher wrote:

"Freedom Rock"

It seems so strange now.... Seeing appreciation now for that time when anyone in uniform was despised or misunderstood....  Listening to this song from that time....

I thank this country for finally thanking those that were never thanked.    (Even though I served, I never consider myself to have sacrificed, and feel very odd when someone finds out I served.)   

I join everyone in thanking those that truly did sacrifice for us.


 Cynaera wrote:
My long-lost friend loves Jesse Colin-Young, so every time I hear a Youngbloods song, I just remember him and wonder where he is and what he's doing. This song has connotations for me, far and beyond those of my link with my friend, although I still wish I  knew where he was...
 
I agree !!! This is a pinnacle song.. as far as long lost friends go..
I recently, after all my life, found out my grandfather was born in the Azores Islands. 
I had lost all connection with my Portuguese relatives.
Last March I was on the free trial of Ancestry.com.... 
I thought my first first cousin Betti was in Oregon... I hadn't seen her since we were teenagers in 1965. 
After many days of searching I found her !!! then called a phone number posted there on Ancestry and... She answered..  what a scream!! 
That very day, within an hour she was holding and dusting a picture of the two of us when we were 5 years old!!!
Talk about psychic... I flew to the USA, drove to Oregon and held her in my arms... It was surreal... 
So don't give up... you will find your friend I am sure of it. Cheers! 


 Clark_Novato wrote:
#1 hippie song of all time.

 

Indeed.  Where's my headband and leather fringe jacket?
OOps. Meant to respond to the Decemberists.
And thanks for that.....
 Cynaera wrote:
My long-lost friend loves Jesse Colin-Young, so every time I hear a Youngbloods song, I just remember him and wonder where he is and what he's doing. This song has connotations for me, far and beyond those of my link with my friend, although I still wish I  knew where he was...
 
Just bumping this great lady's comments to the front of the line.
Must be my lucky day.  Stuck in the earbuds and here is Bill winding up this blessed classic.

Message to the world:  C'mon people, now; smile on your brother!
On wrong album I think you will find should on the The Youngbloods?
 d-don wrote:
Thanks for playing this beautiful song.
 

Yes, I agree...  what a classic...


"Freedom Rock"
Dang, what a set:

Vince Guaraldi Trio — Cast Your Fate
Ray LaMontagne — Be Here Now
Youngbloods — Get Together

Bill does it again. {#Notworthy}
Oh, RP. Your talent for the segue can not be underestimated. Ray LaMontagne's Be Here Now leading into this? Sublime.  {#Meditate}
Sing this song loud, and sing it clear!
One of my all time favourites..
#1 hippie song of all time.

I also agree with with OldSaxon - Ridgetop is an unheralded classic..
Great message. Too bad the human animal is always looking for something to hate in its earthly companions
 coloradojohn wrote:
The original, to inspire and show and encourage how it's done.  Has it been equaled?  The challenge perhaps lives on!  Bravo, Youngbloods and RP!  Dig it!  Renew and Re-Activate your Original Package Reminder!  Hook into it!  The Vibe never dies, it just translates onto other planes...and other planes translate onto...  YEAH, BABY!
 
You nailed it again coloradojohn. Absolutely sublime. A true anthem of the time. What a voice. What a song.
.."if you hear the song i sing / you will understand (listen)"..