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Marvin Gaye - The world is just a great big onion

Identifier

004960

Type of spiritual experience

Background

Did Marvin Gaye know the symbolism when he wrote this?  I found it so intriguing a  possibiity I decided to include the song

 

A description of the experience

The world is just a great big onion

The world is just a great big onion
 & pain & fear are the spices that make you cry
Oh, & the only way to get rid of this great big onion
Is to plant love seeds until it dies,

Hey world! We got a great big job to do
Yeah, we need you, & everybody who loves truth
Don't you know we've got to clean up this place & reach far high,
We gotta be headstrong about rightin' the wrong
& make a mountain of happy souls;

The world is just a great big onion
& I don't care, it's the face people like to wear
 & the only way to get rid of this great big onion
Every one single soul's got to do their share
 
So come on, let's knock on every door
Tell them love is the answer
Whether they're rich or poor,
For we don't care what you do
How you look, or your status claim, baby
No no, because brothers & sisters
From now on, is gonna be everyone's name,

 The world is just a great big onion
& pain & fear are the spices that make you cry
Oh, & the only way to get rid of this great big onion
 Is to plant love seeds
Now everybody, got to plant love seeds
Come on & plant love seeds
Until it dies

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