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Canned Heat - Let's Work Together

Identifier

026823

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

"Let's Work Together" as it was subsequently titled, is a blues song written by Wilbert Harrison, which was released in 1962. In 1969 and 1970, the song was a hit for Harrison and has been recorded by a variety of artists, including Canned Heat and Bryan Ferry, who had chart successes with the song.

Shortly after the release of Wilbert Harrison's "Let's Work Together", Canned Heat recorded their version of the song. Unlike their previous singles ("On the Road Again", "Going Up the Country", and "Time Was") which featured vocals and harmonica by Alan Wilson, for "Let's Work Together" Bob Hite provided the vocals, with Wilson adding the slide-guitar parts. The song was prepared for release as a single in December 1969, but after learning that Harrison's song was becoming popular, the band delayed their release until Harrison's song had run its course.

In the UK, where Harrison's single failed to generate interest, Canned Heat's version was released in January 1970. It became their biggest UK hit, reaching number two on the UK Singles chart during a stay of fifteen weeks.

A description of the experience

Canned Heat - Let's Work Together

 

"Let's Work Together"

Together we'll stand
Divided we'll fall
Come on now, people
Let's get on the ball

And work together
Come on, come on
Let's work together
Now, now people
Because together we will stand
Every boy, every girl and man

People, when things go wrong
As they sometimes will
And the road you travel
It stays all uphill

Let's work together
Come on, come on
Let's work together, ah
You know together we will stand
Every boy, girl, woman and man

Oh well now, two or three minutes
Two or three hours
What does it matter now
In this life of ours

Let's work together
Come on, come on
Let's work together
Now, now people
Because together we will stand
Every boy, every woman and man

Ah, come on
Ah, come on, let's work together

Well now, make someone happy
Make someone smile
Let's all work together
And make life worthwhile

Let's work together
Come on, come on
Let's work together
Now, now people
Because together we will stand
Every boy, girl, woman and man

Oh well now, come on you people
Walk hand in hand
Let's make this world of ours
A good place to stand

And work together
Come on, come on
Let's work together
Now, now people
Because together we will stand
Every boy, girl, woman and man
Ah, yeah

Well now, together we will stand
Every boy, girl, woman and man
Ah, yeah

The source of the experience

Canned Heat

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