THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
195-The Impressions-People Get Ready
1965-Has never charted in the UK.
Best Bit-At 1.54.In the words of George Michael,’Because I gotta have faith,faith,faith,I gotta to have faith,faith,faith.’
From a religious point of view the lyrics encourage believers to hang on to their faith as a peaceful afterlife is promised,it also promises that those who have done wrong will be punished.The civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. named ‘People Get Ready’ the unofficial anthem of the Civil Rights Movement in America,and often used the song to get people marching or to calm and comfort them.
The Impressions were founded as ‘The Roosters’ in Chattanooga,Tennessee in 1958,this songs writer Curtis Mayfield(see also best songs 719) joined shortly after when the band moved to Chicago.
On August 13,1990,Mayfield became paralysed from the neck down after stage lighting equipment fell on him at an outdoor concert in New York.He died from complications of type 2 diabetes on December 26,1999.
‘So people get ready there’s a train comin,’you don’t need no baggage,you just get on board.’
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