Sly & the Family Stone – Everyday People

Sly & the Family Stone was a great band. This song was released in 1968 and it peaked at #1 in the Billboard 100 and #36 in the UK Charts. Sly arranged this song perfectly with great dynamics for the chorus. A great piece of songwriting and arranging. It would have been a hit whenever it was released.

Billy Preston played organ on this single and the song has been used in many movies, tv shows, and commercials.

“Everyday People”
Sometimes I’m right and I can be wrong
My own beliefs are in my song
The butcher, the banker, the drummer and then
Makes no difference what group I’m in
I am everyday people, yeah, yeah

There is a blue one
Who can’t accept the green one
For living with a fat one
Trying to be a skinny one
Different strokes
For different folks

And so on and so on
And scooby dooby dooby
Oh sha sha
We got to live together

I am no better and neither are you
We are the same, whatever we do
You love me, you hate me, you know me and then
You can’t figure out the bag I’m in
I am everyday people, yeah yeah

There is a long hair
That doesn’t like the short hair
For being such a rich one
That will not help the poor one
Different strokes
For different folks

And so on and so on
And scooby dooby dooby
Oh sha sha
We got to live together

There is a yellow one
That won’t accept the black one
That won’t accept the red one
That won’t accept the white one
Different strokes
For different folks

And so on and so on
And scooby dooby dooby
Oh sha sha
I am everyday people

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

6 thoughts on “Sly & the Family Stone – Everyday People”

  1. Jeez I hate to keep repeating myself– but another great song. For that short window of time- Sly and The Family Stone were truly great. This being their most remembered song?

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    1. They did release quite a few songs…last night I didn’t know which one to pick… but yea I believe this would be the best known.

      That 1971 book goes over him making “There’s a Riot Going On”…really dark.

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  2. Sly was a musical genius. If not for his horrible drug habit, he would have been even more influential and well known. Yes, he was a fantastic arranger as you point out. He also surrounded himself with first class musicians, like Larry Graham. Graham is a fantastic bassist who invented the slapping technique. Sly’s soulful singing on this track inspired me to try to “learn” the soulful singing “technique”. I’ve been able to emulate it, but it really does come from within.

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    1. He really was a musical genius.
      The last I heard he won a settlement that might recoup some money a manager basically stole from him.
      From what I read about “There’s a Riot Goin On” it was a miracle he finished it because of the drug problem.
      Some musicians I’ve worked with just have it…whatever that is… They do have to work regardless but to some it is within.

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