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The Doobie Brothers - Listen to the Music

{Intro}

[Verse 1]
Don't you feel it growing, day by day
People getting ready for the news
Some are happy, some are sad
Woah, gotta let the music play

What the people need is a way to make them smile
It ain't so hard to do if you know how
Gotta get a message, get it on through
Oh now mamma don't you ask me why

[Chorus]
Oh, oh, oh listen to the music
Oh, oh, oh listen to the music
Oh, oh, oh listen to the music
All the time

{Bridge}

[Verse 2]
Well I know you know better
Everything I say
Meet me in the country for a day
We'll be happy and we'll dance
Oh, we're gonna dance our blues away

"Listen to the Music" is a song recorded by The Doobie Brothers on their second album Toulouse Street, released in 1972. It was written by Tom Johnston, the band's lead vocalist and guitarist. The song was their first big hit in 1972 and it remains a concert staple for the band. Johnston told Songfacts, that Listen To The Music "was all based around this somewhat Utopian view of the world. The idea was that music would lift man up to a higher plane, and that world leaders, if they were able to sit down on some big grassy knoll where the sun was shining and hear music - such as the type I was playing - would figure out that everybody had more in common than they had not in common, and it was certainly not worth getting in such a bad state of affairs about. Everybody in the world would therefore benefit from this point of view. Just basically that music would make everything better. And of course I've since kind of realized it doesn't work that way."

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