Rare Earth – I Just Want To Celebrate

Rare Earth was signed to Motown. This song peaked at #7 in the Billboard 100 in 1971. It was off of their album One World. This was Rare Earth’s last top 10 single. This band is still together today playing gigs.

The song has been in countless commercials and movies.

From Songfacts.

Rare Earth was the first all-white pop act signed to Motown Records, who created a subsidiary for them to record on which was conveniently called Rare Earth Records. The group was Motown’s effort to change with the times, not so much to appeal to a white audience but to get songs on FM radio. In Motown’s system, they had studio musicians playing on most of the songs, so Rare Earth, which was a full band, didn’t fit their formula. This caused some problems as the group didn’t adapt well to the Motown system of recording all the instrumental tracks followed by vocals and overdubs. This song was their most successful original effort – they had hits with covers of “Get Ready” (#4) and “(I Know) I’m Losing You” – and it broke new ground for Motown, providing a Top 10 hit with a white group. One World was their third Motown release, and it was produced by a Tom Baird, who also worked with Diana Ross and Gladys Knight & The Pips.

I Just Want To Celebrate

One, two, three, four

I just want to celebrate another day of livin’
I just want to celebrate another day of life
I put my faith in the people
But the people let me down
So I turned the other way
And I carry on, anyhow

That’s why I’m telling you
I just want to celebrate, yeah, yeah
Another day of living, yeah
I just want to celebrate another day of life
Had my hand on the dollar bill
And the dollar bill flew away
But the sun is shining down on me
And it’s here to stay

That’s why I’m telling you
I just want to celebrate, yeah, yeah
Another day of living, yeah
I just want to celebrate another day of livin’
I just want to celebrate another day of life

Don’t let it all get you down, no, no
Don’t let it turn you around and around and around, no

Well, I can’t be bothered with sorrow
And I can’t be bothered with hate, no, no
I’m using up the time but feeling fine, every day
That’s why I’m telling you I just want to celebrate
Oh, yeah
I just want to celebrate another day
Oh, I just want to celebrate another day of livin’
I just want to celebrate another day of life

Don’t let it all get you down, no, no
Don’t let it turn you around and around, and around, and around
And around, and round, and round
Round, round, round, round
Round, round, round, round
Round, round, round, round
Don’t go round

I just want to celebrate
I just want to celebrate
Well, I just want to celebrate
Said I just want to celebrate (celebrate)
I just want to celebrate (I want to celebrate)
I just want to celebrate (I got to celebrate)
I just want to celebrate

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

36 thoughts on “Rare Earth – I Just Want To Celebrate”

      1. Well I didn’t give them much of a chance when they lost the first two games in NY in 1981– until they lose 4 they still have a shot!

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      2. I was watching that one Tuesday night with Cosell announcing… That one is my favorite World Series…over the 88 because 1. It was beating the Yankees 2. My childhood players that finally won after 3 other attempts including 74

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      3. I enjoyed that one because at the time it looked like another yankee beating dodgers series and then quickly turned around… and it was the last yankee World Series for what 14 years? The Stump Merrill Era was my favorite time for the Yankees during my lifetime. Second the Horace Clarke Era.

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      4. Stump Merrill…wow I havent heard that name in a while. He managed the Nashville Sounds for a little while when the Sounds were a Yankees farm club.

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      5. Stump seemed like a decent fellow- certainly not the type of flash The Boss liked- I think that was the period where The Boss was suspended?

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      6. yes he was suspended early on for illegal contributions to Richard Milhaus Nixon and then in the Winfield case. The Yanks were better off with a suspended or silent George I believe.

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      7. I consider that the reason they started to win again in the 90s…he couldn’t trade everyone. Gene Michael did a great job with them when George was banned…
        I remember the Winfield stuff… that ended up helping the Yankees a great deal. I did feel bad for Don Mattingly.

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      8. Mattingly a class act- missed out on the glory years before his career and after it ended… The best thing Steinbrenner did in the 90’s was stay out of the way

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      9. There were a number of Hall of Fame careers that got side tracked in the 80s- Mattingly one you can’t blame on anything he did. Some of the others- self destructed.

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      10. Yea it didn’t make sense. He was a monster and then it just went down…. did Murphy have an injury?
        I thought Eric Davis was going to break out but then he got hurt pretty bad…

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      11. No known injuries to Murphy- after 30 i think he had one pretty good season and that was it. He looked like a certain HOF’er at the age of 30. I could see if he was a big guy- like say the Kung Fu Panda- those fellas tend to age poorly but Murphy kept himself in good shape… I think he will eventually make it to the HOF- but he looked like a first ballot guy at one point.

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      12. I was rooting for him to make 400 home runs when he was with Colorado.
        What do you think about Fred McGriff?
        Other than the bad commercial he was a dangerous hitter. Do you think he will make it?

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      13. McGriff came awfully close to 500 home runs. He was seen as a clean player. I’d give him a 50-50 shot at making it with the veteran’s committee down the road.

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      14. He wasn’t flashy or controversial- and if you look at his career- was very very consistent but didn’t have 1- one monster season which helps or 2- the magic #3000 or #500. Eddie Murray got those numbers- he is in- another fella that was pretty consistent but never had a Jim Rice 1978 kind of year that everyone remembers. The Crime Dog just seemed like a nice fella that always produced- and he did have the best posture in baseball…

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      15. You are right about the posture lol… He was very consistent. He was great for those Atlanta teams…one of the best pickups they did…but no he didn’t have a monster year like Andre Dawson either.
        Murray was good even when he got older…

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      16. McGriff was also one of those mistakes the Yankees made in the early 80’s when all they wanted was big names- trading a young Crime Dog to Toronto.

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      17. I’m glad you reminded me of the Yankees…I forgot completely about that. I do remember the Padres traded him to the Braves I believe. I’m trusting my memory on this.

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      18. He came to the Dodgers near the end but he got hurt right away. I was excited to see him in a Dodger uniform. I think they were hoping he would hit 500 there but he never could play.

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      19. Funny how some players you forget even played for some teams- at the end- Killebrew with the Royals for example, Carlton with the Indians.

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      20. Off the top of my head I can’t recall all the players in that deal but it was a big deal for both sides….looked it up- McGriff and Tony Fernandez for Alomar and Carter… I think Toronto got the best of that deal. Alomar was a great all around player- too many people remember him for the spitting incident and not for how great he really was.

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      21. Yes they did win that deal. He was a great player… those early 90s Toronto teams were stacked. I remember seeing that replay of the “spit” over and over.

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