Father, father, everybody thinks we're wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply because our hair is long
Oh, you know we've got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On lyrics meaning


The reference to "father" has widened now. Those in charge, the elders, just wouldn't listen to the youth. They were so fixated on their own political, economic and social viewpoints that it came to constant and violent confrontation.

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