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What's Going On


Written by Alfred ClevelandMarvin GayeRenaldo Benson
Produced by Cyndi Lauper & Lennie Petze
Executive Producer: David Wolff
Engineered and mixed by Brian McGee
Additional mixing by Jason Corsaro
Arranged by Cyndi Lauper, Lennie PetzePeter Wood & Adrian Belew
Background Vocals: Cyndi Lauper
Linn Drums: Jimmy Bralower
Drums: Anton Fig
Bass: Neil Jason
Keyboards: Peter Wood
Guitar: Adrian Belew
Guitar: Robert Holmes
Edit Version Mixed by Alex Sadkin & Phillip Thornally
Additional production by Shep Pettibone

Release Information

A short version of the song (first 3 minutes of another remix version) appears on "DMC July 88 Previews, DMC 66/3, 1988 12"

  1. Cyndi Lauper - What's Going On (Shep Pettibone Club Mix)


Director: Andy Morahan
Producer: John Diaz
DP: Juan Ruiz Anchia
Editor: Larry Jordan
May be found on Twelve Deadly Cyns... And Then Some video.


Mother, mother

There's too many of you crying

Brother, brother, brother

There's far too many of you dying

You know we've got to find a way

To bring some lovin' here today

Father, father

We don't need to escalate

War is not the answer

For only love can conquer hate

You know you've got to find a way

To bring some understanding yeah today

Aw, picket lines, picket signs

Don't punish me with brutality

Talk to me so you can see

Oh what's going on,

Tell me what's going on


Mother, mother

Ev'ry body thinks we're wrong

Baby who are they to judge us

'Cause our hair is long

You know we've got to find a way

To bring some understanding here today

Good God


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