Ball of Confusion

Yesterday I was riding in the car and a song I have heard so many times came on: Ball of Confusion by The Temptations. If you have never heard the song, it was one of their hit songs from 1970, written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong. The vocals were sung by Dennis Edwards, Eddie Kendricks, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin, and Otis Williams, while the instruments were provided by the Funk Brothers. The song has a catchy tune, and you can move to it, but it is the words that resonate with me. Tina Turner would even go on and do a version of the song later on. The words of the song expressed the climate of 1970 and scarily rings as true to the climate of 2020…50 years later! I thought to myself, if people listened to the words of this song written 50 years ago right now, it would be a hit today. If some artist of great esteem were to remake it now, it could actually be a theme song for the movements that stretch across our country at the current moment.

The song speaks on several epidemics our country is currently facing, racism, bigotry, bullying, drugs, suicide, unemployment, the voting system, and yet people continue on with life as if nothing is going on. The only thing that this song didn’t predict 50 years ago is that we would be neck deep in a pandemic that is well on it’s way to killing 300,000 Americans or more. The lyrics of the song say:

“People moving out, people moving in
Why? Because of the color of their skin
Run, run, run but you sure can’t hide
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
Vote for me and I’ll set you free
Rap on, brother, rap on

Well, the only person talking about love thy brother is the preacher
And it seems nobody’s interested in learning but the teacher
Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration
Aggravation, humiliation, obligation to my nation

Ball of confusion
Oh yeah, that’s what the world is today
Woo, hey, hey

The sale of pills are at an all time high
Young folks walking round with their heads in the sky
The cities ablaze in the summer time
And oh, the beat goes on

Evolution, revolution, gun control, sound of soul
Shooting rockets to the moon, kids growing up too soon
Politicians say more taxes will solve everything
And the band played on

So, round and around and around we go
Where the world’s headed, said nobody knows
Oh, great Googamooga
Can’t you hear me talking to you?

Just a ball of confusion
Oh yeah, that’s what the world is today
Woo, hey, hey

Fear in the air, tension everywhere
Unemployment rising fast, the Beatles new record’s a gas
And the only safe place to live is on an Indian reservation
And the band played on

Eve of destruction, tax deduction, city inspectors, bill collectors
Mod clothes in demand, population out of hand, suicide, too many bills

Hippies moving to the hills, people all over the world are shouting
‘End the war’ and the band played on

Great Googamooga
Can’t you hear me talking to you?

It’s a ball of confusion
That’s what the world is today, hey, hey”

While all of the lyrics may not be exactly spot on, it is so close that it is scary. I listened to the song and thought I was watching a musical version of my local and world news. We are in living in one big ball of confusion and no one wants to admit that we are repeating history…this song is confirmation. Suicides, unemployment, fear, and tension are rising with the tide. The difference between these things and the tide; the tide goes down, and at the rate we are going it doesn’t look like any of these things will be going down any time soon. We have to take a step back and evaluate ALL the things this song addresses , and more. What side do you want to be on on; confusion or solution? I say, find the love within, find your place in the movement, and do not add to that big BALL OF CONFUSION!

Published by Assorted Tales

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