WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW – RICH PASCHALL

Peace and Love Songs, by Rich Paschall


With all the hate, violence, disease and anger in the world, it seems like a good time to reach for some peace and love.  There was a time when music spoke to the social conscience of society.  In the late 1960s and the 1970s in particular, the force of music moved our hearts and our society away from war and civil disruption and toward a calmer more loving society, at least on the surface anyway.  The rallies, the marches, and the songs all spoke, or should I say sang out, to the need we had then to stop the violence.

No H8

No H8

It’s a much different society today.  When we return to a normal way of life,  perhaps a few months from now, I am not sure the rallies for peace and songs about love will move us in the right direction.  It doesn’t hurt to try, however, so I bring you some moments of peace.  You will be able to find all of these and a few others on a playlist on my YouTube channel.

So, it’s time to ask “What’s Going On?” as we look “From A Distance” for “Joy To The World.” “People Got To Be Free” and “We Have Got To Have Peace.”  Sing out in joy with the “Rainbow Race” and “Let There Be Peace On Earth.”

10. Get Together – The Youngbloods, 1967.
Love is but a song to sing
Fear’s the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry

09. Why Can’t We Live Together? – original Timmy Thomas, 1972 – Sade, 1984.
Tell me why, tell me why, tell me why.
Why can’t we live together?
Tell me why, tell me why.
Why can’t we live together?

08. Why Can’t We Be Friends? – War, 1975.
I seen ya around for a long, long time
I really remember you when you drank my wine
Why can’t we be friends
Why can’t we be friends

PHOTO: The Beatles, left to right, Paul McCartney, George Harrison (1943-2001), Ringo Starr and John Lennon (1940 – 1980) arrive at London Airport February 6, 1964 (Photo by Getty Images)

07. Imagine – John Lennon, 1971.
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

06. Give Me Love – George Harrison, 1973.
Give me love
Give me love
Give me peace on earth

05. Peace Train – Cat Stevens, 1971. This was Stevens’ first Top 10 hit in the US.
Oh, I’ve been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Some day it’s going to come

04. Give Peace A Chance – John Lennon, 1969. This Lennon/Paul McCartney composition was Lennon’s first solo single.
All we are saying is give peace a chance
All we are saying is give peace a chance

03. All You Need Is Love – The Beatles, 1967.  Another Lennon/McCartney song was a single in ’67 and Britain’s contribution to the first worldwide television broadcast by a satellite link.
All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

02. Love Train – The O’Jays, 1972.  It was their only number 1 record.  Here they ride with the Soul Train too.
People all over the world (everybody)
Join hands (join)
Start a love train, love train

01. What The World Needs Now Is Love – Jackie DeShannon, 1965. The popular tune was written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach.
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some but for everyone

For 6 through 10 above, click on the title to go to the video. Since you have had to “Hunker in the Bunker,” you may wish to hear all of them together, along with a few bonus plays. Click on the playlist to go to 15 Peace and Love songs.

15 thoughts on “WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW – RICH PASCHALL

  1. Reblogged this on rjptalk and commented:

    As we look at all the unrest in the world, it seems like a good time to once again seek peace and love through music. Be sure to click on “View original post” at the bottom to head over to SERENDIPITY for a few moments meant to lift your spirits.

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  2. I’ve been listening to a lot of Beethoven. His music is so immersive that when I’m listening, there’s nothing else. Not to mention watching yet another rerun of the entire West Wing series to remind us of what it was like to actually HAVE a government!

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      • Rich, agree about Sheen and most of the folks in his administration, even Toby Ziegler who annoys the heck out of me.

        Boston, ’71 (?). A memorial service for John Lennon. Boston Common, twilight – packed with people. They were singing “All we are saying is — give peace a chance”. Poignant. On my live shots, I did a BRIEF scene setter and went with the music which said all that needed saying.

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