Power To The People

In the 1960s and the early ‘70s, this phrase indicated that individuals needed to take the control away from governments and institutions, and John Lennon advocated this in his song ‘Power to the People’.  He did not shy away from controversy, but he was not really a leader of any kind, as he just wanted to write music that the people could sing along with.  Since John Lennon also wrote ‘Give Peace A Chance’, he is just as much of a revolutionary activist as he was a member of the pacifist movement.  The times they were a changing and nobody was saying “love is all you need” any more.

John Lennon sang lead vocals, played electric guitar and piano with Klaus Voormann who knew the Beatles from the time they spent in Hamburg, and worked with Harry Nilsson and the Bee Gees on bass guitar, Billy Preston who backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke and Ray Charles also playing piano and keyboards, Bobby Keys who toured with the Rolling Stones for more than 45 years on saxophone, Jim Gordon who played in Derek and the Dominos on drums and Yoko along with Rosetta Hightower who was in The Orlons and others sang backing vocals.

Power to the people was said as a form of rebellion against The Establishment, because people believed that they were being oppressed.  It was used to protest the rich, the ruling class that was dominating society, and many students used it to protest America’s military campaign in Vietnam.  The song was written by John Lennon and recorded on his 1970 debut solo album Plastic Ono Band and this song eventually made it to #7 on the charts.

Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

Say we want a revolution
We better get on right away
Well you get on your feet
And into the street

Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

A million workers working for nothing
You better give ‘em what they really own
We got to put you down
When we come into town

Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

I gotta ask you comrades and brothers
How do you treat you own woman back home
She got to be herself
So she can free herself

Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on
Now, now, now, now

Oh well, power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

Yeah, power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on

Written for FOWC with Fandango where today’s prompt is Power.

6 thoughts on “Power To The People

      1. No he wasn’t…that is what makes me like him more…of course it caused him trouble in the mid-seventies…with the FBI tapping his phone and the goverment trying to kick him out of the country…he won though.

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