For the past few days, "We Got To Have Peace" has been going through my head
And the people in our neighborhoodNo record collection is complete without at least a best-of collection from Mayfield. Other songs you may have heard include "Move On Up," "Future Shock," "Pusherman," "Kung Fu," and from the Impressions, "People Get Ready" and "Amen." The Very Best of Curtis Mayfield is a great place to start with his solo material, while the 2-disc The Anthology 1961-1977 has mostly Impressions songs (surprisingly omiting "We Got To Have Peace"). "We Got To Have Peace" originally appeared on Roots (no connection with the novel and TV miniseries), and Superfly was Mayfield's most popular album, hitting number one on the Billboard charts.
They would if they only could
Meet and shake the other's hand
Work together for the good of the land
Give us all an equal chance
It could be such a sweet romance
And the soldiers who are dead and gone
If only we could bring back one
He'd say, "We got to have peace
To keep the world alive
And war to cease"
We got to have joy
True in our hearts
With strength we can't destroy