Isley Brothers, The - Fight The Power (Part 1 & 2) Lyrics




Time is truly wastin', there's no guarantee, yeah
Smile is in the makin', we got to fight the powers that be
Got so many voices, saying all the same, yeah,
Killing up all around me, faces full of pain

I tried to play my music, they say my music's too loud
I tried talking about it, I got the big runaround
And when I rolled with the punches I got knocked on the ground
By all this bullshit going down, hey

Time is truly wastin', there's no guarantee, yeah
Smile is in the makin', we got to fight the powers that be
I don't understand it, people wanna say yeah


Those that got the answers, red tape in the way
I could tend to it easy, let's just have some fun naw, naw
Seekin' my satisfaction, keeps me on the run

I tried to play my music, say my music's too loud
I tried talking about it, I got the big runaround
And when I rolled with the punches I got knocked on the ground
By all this bullshit going down, oooh

Time is truly wastin', there's no guarantee, yeah
Smile is in the makin', we got to fight the powers that be
Fight it baby, yeah, woo, hey, even you and I can fight the power
Fight it, fight the power





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  1. Michelle Jackson

    🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Comic Power

    Has anyone done a mashup between this version and Publuc Enemys?

  3. Ray Lopez

    Junior high school late 70s early 70s homegirl’s homeboys doing the soul train line throwing the signs up in the air good times

  4. Carlos Cooper

    You've said Bert!

  5. Alda Rizzo

    one song that keeps on dancing, needs no introduction

  6. Kenneth Scott

    I was born in 1979 ,and this song has it's own meaning for being Black that society will never understand until they attempt to walk in our shoes thru it all. They wont so manifest this power within! That's what black means excellence through adversity. BLACK LUV 4EVER!

  7. George Morin

    I try to play my music.....story of my life....

  8. Forrest George

    [Verse 1]
    Time is truly wastin’, there’s no guarantee, yeah
    Smile is in the makin’, we've got to fight the powers that be
    Got so many voices, saying all the same, yeah
    Killing up all around me, faces full of pain

    [Refrain]
    I tried to play my music, they say my music’s too loud
    I tried talking about it, I got the big runaround
    And when I rolled with the punches I got knocked on the ground
    By all this bullshit going down, hey

    [Verse 2]
    Time is truly wastin’, there’s no guarantee, yeah
    Smile is in the makin’, we got to fight the powers that be
    I don’t understand it, people wanna say yeah
    Those that got the answers, red tape in the way
    I could tend to it easy, let’s just have some fun now, now
    Seekin’ my satisfaction, keeps me on the run

    [Refrain]

    [Verse 3]
    Time is truly wastin’, there’s no guarantee, yeah
    Smile is in the makin’, we got to fight the powers that be
    Fight it baby, yeah, woo, hey, even you and I can fight the power
    Fight it, fight the power (repeat to end)

  9. msmusicmaestro61

    You got to fight the powers that be!

  10. NIC FEL

    2009 The number, another summer...

  11. John Harris

    45 need to hear this song #fight thepower

  12. gwendolyn smith

    Still standing and fighting the power!All day all night! ✊

  13. Alda Rizzo

    This has always been my favorite dancing song, now it is the song TO FIGHT THE POWERS TO BE, we will roll the punches and not back down, one life, one soul, not on my own, many will join the fight, the time is here, I BELIEVE!!

  14. Rob Watne Music

    An old hippie recommended me this song after I bought her Grab for your Guns vinyl.

  15. Gerry Glenn

    Y doesn't this song have hundreds of millions views?

  16. Master Builder

    Mmm mmm mmm!Oh I'm fighting that power alright.😁🎃

  17. theresa webb

    jusy
    t love this music the isley brothers are legends.

  18. theresa webb

    This is classic they're legends this is the greatest or one of the greatest .tunes.

  19. Phil McCarthy

    Lead off track on one of the greatest albums of all time . Searing funk on side 1 and liquid love ballads on side 2. The Isley's were on top of their game at this time and only the GO FOR YOUR GUNS album from '77 is at the same level. Either way 44 years later this is still as fresh and funky and soulful as it was in '75 .

  20. Michele Steward

    😎😎😎😎😎😎

  21. Mable Papillion

    Need a concert with all that was with parliament ! Come on am waiting!

  22. Alda Rizzo

    This is the best dancing tune to hit the disco scene ever, give it 100%, we can dance and --wait for it --FIGHT THE POWER TO BE!  We got the power, stand up, stand up, free speech, stop shutting us up, dance, we got the power, c'mon, I BELIEVE< WE GOT TO FIGHT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Judy Ledbetter

    Bust A Groove Gentlemen!!! Yeah!!!😀
    Isley Brothers Forever 💘
    God Bless.

  24. Basil Shahiyd

    Baddest tune they ever did..
    Second to none!!!

  25. badad0166

    The 45's my friend and I got were stamped off centre so there was this extra flange effect. It was like being on a Tilt-A-Whirl. NOT better than intended but different. Whoosh....

  26. Occams OX

    yes. funk. we all have the funk.

  27. blackchemist2013

    The only song dad allowed me to curse while singing! Lol

  28. Edward Hackett

    I love the Isley brothers my favorite group.

  29. William Magaw Jr

    "Fight the Power" (sometimes titled as "Fight the Power (Part 1 and Part 2)") is a song recorded by The Isley Brothers, who released the song as the first single off their landmark album, The Heat Is On. The song is notable for the usage of the word bullshit, which was censored during radio listens.


    The song was sparked in a 1975 recording session in which guitarist Ernie Isley, inspired by the news, wrote two songs: "Fight the Power" and an anti-poverty ballad titled "Harvest for the World".
    The group ended up recording both songs on the same day and eventually
    picked "Fight the Power" as the song to release first. "Harvest" would
    be featured on the album of the same name and would be released as the first single off that album.


    The song was written almost fully by Ernie Isley with additional instrumental background composition by the band's keyboardist Chris Jasper. After playing the track on his guitar to his older brothers, Ronnie, Rudy, and O'Kelly,
    the vocal trio cut a unison lead vocal track in one take. Ernie was
    taken aback that Ron had uttered "bullshit". When asked why he said the
    word, Ron simply replied, "because it needed to be said" and "it's what
    people want to hear."


    The song reflected a negative opinion of authority
    figures, a feeling shared by all the band members, which can explain
    the intensified vocalizing by Ron, Rudy, and Kelly. Later, the trio
    added in the background chant, "fight it!" to merge in with the
    brothers' vocal ad-libbing near the end. Though the track had a unison
    lead style, onstage during performances, Ron Isley would sing the
    majority of the song with his older brothers chipping in during some
    parts. As was with the majority of their recordings during the so-called
    3+3 era, Ernie Isley and Chris Jasper had to share composition and lyrical credit with the other Isley members.


    The song was released in May 1975 and became one of the group's most popular recordings, reaching #1 on the R&B singles chart and crossed over to the pop charts reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
    Due to its strong dance flavor, the song was played heavily at dance
    clubs helping the song to land at #13 on Billboard's dance chart. "Fight the Power" gave the brothers their first song to peak in the top 20 on three different charts.


    The success of the song also helped its album, The Heat Is On, reach #1 on the pop chart. The song's lyric, "we gotta fight the powers that be", would be interpolated years later by rap group Public Enemy on their 1989 song of the same name. The intense style of the record would be repeated by the Isleys during other recordings including "Livin' in the Life", "Climbin' Up The Ladder" and "The Pride", which like "Fight the Power" before it, included a unison lead vocal by Ron, Rudy, and Kelly. The song was used in a 2015 TV commercial for Nespresso featuring George Clooney and Danny DeVito. It was also used in the 1998 film Out of Sight, which stars Clooney and is coproduced by DeVito.

  30. Sly Slaughter

    Take heed.

  31. tammy abney

    This is got to be the best soul band ever! The guitarist should be in the hall of fame.......

  32. 36 EPC

    This song makes me go hard at the gym 💪🏽

  33. Don’tell Gucci

    FIGHT THE POWERS THAT BE

  34. Markus Lock

    Good so to jump rope too.

  35. linda yeargan

    Best Music EVER!!!!

  36. Kim Kelly

    Fight the power Say NO toTrump

  37. why me

    This music was not understandable when I was a young boy but now this is the shit

  38. Willie Jones

    Play ernie, play.

  39. Daniel Burns

    this song went to #4 on the pop charts in 1975!!!

  40. Angelo Adams

    My favorite Isley Brothers song! This is it. Love all their hits tho!

    Ernie Johnson

    This happens to be my favorite Isley Brothers album. The ballad side had a lot of babies made.

  41. DoubleEdged7

    Needs more hand clapping

  42. Kara Kelly

    Shout out to David Stephens. Bossier. 70s. Fight the power. First kiss. Yeah.

  43. Christopher Hayes

    Part II when they really started fighting the power if your BLACK POWER FIST ain’t in the air for the whole time while you nodding your head u don’t have a soul

  44. Jamil Russ

    Still listening in 2019, love old school, fuck Trump

  45. D. TlERRA AYERS

    "FIGHT THE POWER"
    YOU CAN'T HELP,
    BUT TO LOVE THOSE

    POWERFUL LYRICS THAT SPEAKS

    THE TRUTH WITH CONVICTION,

    YES. FACTS NOT FICTION.

    AND NOT IT'S TIME TO
    GET THOSE PHONES RINGING,

    CALL UP THOSE GREAT
    ATTORNEYS THEN TAKE
    TO THE STREETS

    AND DOWN TO CITY HALL TO KEEP HOPE

    ALIVE FOR EQUALITY
    AND RESPECT FOR ONE

    ANOTHER YES
    "FIGHT THE POWER"

    TO SUCCEED VICTORIOUSLY IN

    HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL MANKIND, UNTIL
    YOU WIN AND THEN

    "MOVE ON" HOLD YOUR
    HEAD UP, STAND TALL AND BE STRONG YES
    "MOVE ON"

  46. D. TlERRA AYERS

    NOW "THE ISLEY BROTHERS HAS ALWAYS PRODUCE

    GREAT LYRICS TO THEIR MUSIC AND WITHOUT A DOUBT THEY CAN

    BRING ON THE FUNK
    TO THE CRACK OF DAWN

    AND WITHOUT A DOUBT THEY TODAY 2019 ARE
    STILL THE BEST

    YES #1 FROM THE DAY
    THEIR EXCELLENT

    MUSIC CAREERS CAME TO BE OH YES #1

    YES, YES I MUST CONFESS, FROM THE EAST COAST

    TO THE WEST COAST

    SO VERY MUCH OUTSTANDING.

  47. bennymutant

    ....Okay. Let's go to Detroit.

  48. An eye for two eyes

    Respect!!!✊🏾💪🏾👊🏾

  49. Diana Campanella

    Oh YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. SIGMAMAN69

    The Bullshit Song, LOL

  51. Phillip Conner

    Happy belated Ron 80years young

  52. Keith Dixon

    New Conceets in the Summer only Tha Isley Brothers 2020

  53. Terry ,scordo

    What a great era to grow up 60s 70s 80s Too Young in the 50s

  54. Jacob Hubbard

    One of the easiest basslines to play, but goddamn if it doesnt make you make you move.

  55. Daphne Moore

    Yess jamming 70s baby

  56. Tina j W

    This is so hype 🎶🎶🤸🏽

  57. Mlchael Wray

    2️⃣🤩0️⃣1️⃣😎9️⃣👊🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵🎼🎼🔊🇺🇲

  58. Andy Rock

    Could the White Man Mexican Asian Russian Hungarian make this kinda music? Nooooo

  59. Tom

    All I have to say is: FUNK YOU!!!!

  60. mj artist

    FIGHT IT FROM RED TO BLUE 2020 YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO

  61. Barbara Richmond

    Play My Music Too Loud!' I am my own power, so I am not affected by all the bull " sht" (spelling correct, okay), going. down!!!

  62. Glenda Perkins

    On the dance floor now!!! time is truly wasting. Hey hey hey!!!

  63. Sam Bradley

    Happy May Day to the International Proletariat & Peasants! ✊✌

  64. stuckinthemiddle withu

    So many nay sayers all that Bullshit going round fight the power

  65. DaFunkstator

    This is my Funnk revelation in time \nn/...

  66. Brandon Velasquez

    I can't believe nobody has put they are here because of Rush Hour. So let me be the first. "This is ciggaweed!"

  67. 田山三枝子

    Thankyot❤☺😆💕💚

  68. Shawn Shorter

    Ferociously Funky Classic by The Isley's

  69. Darius Sampson

    The Bernie Mac Show brought me here! Nice music!

  70. Greg Theos

    That synth bass is INSANE.

  71. Stephen Trevino

    Fight the power Bullshit going down 🍷

  72. Randolph Church

    The best!

  73. Damien Moye

    This song has deep spiritual significance. Fighting the Powers of this evil, demonic world. #Ephesians 6:12#

    Kirk Dilworth

    I hear you brother, and one of them is Donald J. (Aka the Joker) trump, get rid of that clown

  74. Thomas Paull

    Was this song playing when Homer Simpson was kicking a mailbox and Barney yelled "I'm with you Homer, fight the power!"

  75. Lovesoaps

    Great music!!

  76. Fred Gregory

    Perfection

  77. Darlene Johnson

    Jamming in college!

  78. RushLimprod

    If this doesn't lighten your load and put a smile on your face.... you just might be a Republican

    Lovesoaps

    Rush started this on his bumper rotation years ago. FIGHT THAT POWER!!

  79. Mzmaryd

    If you can do what I can you got the power! Fight it! Fight the Power✊🏿

  80. Mzmaryd

    The wall to wall stereo bumping and shaking everything with that bass.

  81. Shawn Shorter

    Ferociously Funky Classic Masterpiece by The Isley's

  82. Lee James the one and only.

    5kw per in my house! ERNIE '---- love you!!!!

  83. Planet Claire Has Big Hair

    Sing the DAMN SONG, Isleys.., Fight IT....Man I wish music of today grabbed at ya and made ya get down and funk it out /dance.....in a second no matter where you are

  84. MrTeatreeoil

    You gotta be feelin this tune Colin keapernick?

    Ced Bigby

    Oh hell yes

  85. James Bowers

    Keep the dream alive

  86. J Sharp

    Rudy getting ready to kick ass..

  87. nopain209

    There is no guarantee

  88. Frank

    play this at ANY party, and watch what happens....

  89. Ricky Wright

    These were true heavy weights music

  90. Darlene Zamora

    We all grew up with The Isley Brothers. . . Who doesn't remember Fight The. Power ?;

  91. Oded Fried-Gaon

    #OdedFriedGaon #OdedMusic #Audioded

  92. Sidney Atkins

    This is the first R&B group ever to use a cuss word in a song BULLSHIT

  93. Awilda Martinez

    my brothers favorite song rip

  94. Veronica Brown

    💯💕🔥

  95. nopain209

    Fight these cops who kill us Fight the power

  96. Gary Malloy

    Pure early funk 🎶

  97. Fred Gregory

    Best funk song ever with great meaning. We worked and changed our county from red to blue. It can be done.

    Ced Bigby

    I have to agree Fred so much Funk.U should check the whole album👍

  98. claudette jacobs

    add this to play list while waiting in traffic and start bouncing in the morning on the way to work . love it fucking amazing music