Canned Heat – Let’s Work Together

“Let’s Stick Together” was originally recorded by Wilbert Harrison in 1962. Eight years later, the American singer had a hit with a modified version, “Let’s Work Together,” which was covered by Canned Heat.

The song peaked at #26 in the Billboard 100 in 1970.

Canned Heat was a good blues band and their appearance at Woodstock raised their fortunes. They would end up with 3 top 40 songs and 2 more in the top 100. Going Up Country and On The Road Again were the band’s best-known hits. They were doing well but it came to an end when guitarist/vocalist Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson died on September 3, 1970. No one knows if it was a suicide or an accidental overdose of Seconal.

Canned Heat continues to this day but they were never as successful after Alan passed away. Bob Hite is singing this song.

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

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

 

 

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

29 thoughts on “Canned Heat – Let’s Work Together”

  1. I love Bob Hite. Unfortunately he too passed away from a drug overdose. To me, his voice is the Canned Heat signature. At the time of his death, Hite had one of the largest R&B record collections in the world. Canned Heat was a really good band with really good musicians that were addled by drugs. Rock star overdose was so common in those days that it became a stereotype. What a waste.

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  2. Legend has it that Bob “The Bear” Hite took the name “Canned Heat” from a 1928 recording by Tommy Johnson called ‘Canned Heat Blues’, a song about an alcoholic who desperately turned to drinking Sterno, which is cooking fluid that gives you a cheap but dangerous high.

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      1. No but in 2006 they were playing at this really small place in California where I was working, but I finished my work one week before their show. It would have been nice to see them in this small place, but with out Wilson and Hite, it would not have been the same thing.

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