Sly and the Family Stone live 1974
You’ve been sitting much too long, there’s a permanent crease in your right and wrong
There’s a midget standing tall, and a giant beside him about to fall
Stand. Stand. Stand.
They will try to make you crawl, and they know what you’re saying makes sense and all
Don’t you know that you are free…if you want to be.
(rap) “Seems like every time you get a whole bunch of lights on ya, people have a tendency to want to sit down, and check it out you see, they want to sit down and check it out. So they go home and say, man, that wasn’t nothin’. Shoot, they ain’t did nothin’. You’re in it too, the song is about all of us. You know what I mean. If you believe in anything at all, what do you believe in? What. Well, then, stand on up for it, what’s wrong with ya. Stand up for whatever you believe in, that’s what it is. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.” (Na na na na na na na na.)
[For vintage Sly, at the peak of his game, see Sly and the Family Stone live at the Harlem Cultural Festival, Mount Morris Park, Harlem, NY June 29th, 1969.]