Edwin Starr: WAR

Original video of Edwin Starr singing his famous song: “War”

[Original Music video from 1969] Originally written under the Motown label, and first performed by The Temptations, “War” was later re-released as a single with Edwin Starr as vocals. This version is considered a more emotional version and has become the most popular protest song ever.

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Temptations Version

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Lyrics

One, two, three, four
Get down
What is it good for?
All right (yeah, yeah, yeah)

War, huh, yeah
What is it good for?
Ahh…

War
I despise
It means destruction to innocent lives
War means tears
To thousands of mothers’ eyes
When their sons go out to fight
And lose their lives

War, huh, yeah
What is it good for?
Nothing

War, huh (whoa, whoa whoa Lord)
What is it good for?
(Alright) Nothing

War, it ain’t nothin’ but a heartbreaker
The thought of war blows my mind
War has caused unrest
In the younger generation
Who wants to die?

War, huh, yeah
What is it good for?
Alright, war, war, war

War, huh (whoa, whoa whoa Lord)
What is it good for?
Alright, nothing (war!)
War

Alright
Come on

Let me get a straight line
Right now, in the middle, right here
Straight line
Come on
Come on!
Right down the middle

Here you go, here you go
Okay
This side of the room, stop
Don’t do nothing
This side of the room, clap your hands

Okay
On the count of four
As loud as you can
You’ll say, “War”
I’ll say, “Huh, yeah”
You’ll say, “What is it good for?”
I’ll say, “Absolutely”
You’ll say, “Nothing”
Have you got that? (Yes!)
I didn’t hear you, have you got that? (Yes!)
One, two, three, four

huh yeah
(What is it good for?)
Absolutely (nothing), yeah, yeah

Whoa, whoa, whoa, yeah
(What is it good for?)
Alright, bring it in

Okay
This side of the room
Alright
Now, I want you to do the same thing but better
Can you do that? (Yes!)
I didn’t hear you, can you do that? (Yes!)
One, two, three, four

huh yeah
(What is it good for?)
Absolutely (nothing), yeah, yeah

Whoa, whoa, whoa, yeah
(What is it good for?)
Alright, yeah

Which side was the best?
I can’t here you, which side was the best?

Tell you what, I’ll find out
Everybody clap your hands, come on
Okay
It’s gonna be you
And me
And the drummer
It sounds like this

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: B. Strong / N. Whitfield
War lyrics © Stone Agate Music


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