Recently, I performed at a show in Charlotte, NC and one of the songs I performed was a version of “Wake Up Everybody” recorded by John Legend featuring the Roots. However, the original composition was recorded by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, featuring Teddy Pendergrass on lead vocals.
If you’re familiar with the song, each verse has an iteration of the phrase “Wake Up” which assumes that a person or situation has been sleep for a period, usually sleeping too long. For example, Wake up everybody no more sleeping in bed; Wake up all the teachers; Wake up all the doctors; or Wake up all the builders. The amazing thing about a great song is that if it’s truly inspired, its “lives” beyond its original life cycle.
The Message in the Song
In these turbulent times we are now living, I believe we all need a “wake up” call. We have been sleeping in this dream world believing that if we just keep our eyes shut, things will work out fine. This song let’s us know that if we want to make this world a better place, it’s up to us collectively to make the change. One person, one interaction, and one relationship at a time. Read the lyric to the chorus of the song written by songwriters – Victor Carstarphen, John Whitehead, Gene Mcfadden.
The world won’t get no better if we just let it be
The world won’t get no better we gotta change it yeah, just you and me
Let us be the change that we want to see. We must stop thinking that someone else will solve the world’s problems and understand it’s up to us all. We can do it but it means we’ll need to; Wake up all the teachers to teach us a new way of thinking, Wake up all the doctors to develop cures and antidotes to our worlds diseases, Wake up all the builders to build a world of justice, equality and compassion, and Wake up all the believers to believe that with God all things are possible.
And as the song says, “We can change it yeah, just you and me.