John Mellencamp - Peaceful World Lyrics




Come on baby take a ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

People know this world is a wreck
We're sick and tired of being politically correct
If I see through it now but I didn't at first
The hypocrites made it worse and worse
Lookin' down their noses at what people say
These are just words and words are okay
It's what you do and not what you say
If you're not part of the future then get out of the way

Come on baby take a ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

Racism lives in the U.S. today
Better get hip to what Martin Luther King had to say
I don't want my kids being brought up this way
Hatred to each other is not okay
Well I'm not a preacher just a singer son
But I can see more work to be done
It's what you do and not what you say
If you're not part of the future then get out of the way

Come on baby take a ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

Lay back the top and ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

The money's good and the work is okay
Looks like everything is rollin our way
'Til you gotta look the devil in the eye
You know that bastard's one big lie
So be careful with your heart and what you love
Make sure that it was sent from above
It's what you do and not what you say
If you're not part of the future then get out of the way

Come on baby take a ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

Lay back the top and ride with me
I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
Everything is cool as can be
In a peaceful world

Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Hey yeah
Hey yeah





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  1. whatisit

    Master-peaceful!

  2. JoAnne Mazurek

    This song didn't get the attention or airplay it should have

  3. Thompsongs

    This song goes to show that a good message can come from someone you may not really agree with much. And it's just a good tune.

  4. Erin Schultz

    I am an Indiana born Hoosier that’s witnessed more harm than good on our society; at the end of day let’s try our best to find our inner peace within.

    Thanks y’all and God bless!
    #AmeisterAmericaINC🇺🇸

  5. palermo italy

    Johnny's. A real musicans and artist......hands down
    He doesn't wright no pop songs ......👍👍👍👍

  6. Ho Chi Mints

    I've been looking for this song for a long time. RIP John

  7. Riku Perhoniemi

    Plus the drums sound. Oh my god how good. Mellencamp always had a strong and interesting snare sound

  8. Riku Perhoniemi

    Were a big fan between 1992-1994, then somehow lost Mellencamp. Ok, this is alredy real old song, but for me it is new. And what a song it is!!! As usual, production is soooo airy and fresh!!1

  9. Kerry Molineux

    Would be a GREAT song for Pete to use!!!

  10. R Gray

    Love you hearts

  11. Chris Davis

    Me and my middle Daughter Gabrielles song. Lay back the top and take a ride with me......

  12. R Gray

    I Love this song ... it has been a long time since we used to hear this at work ...
    it has just been a long time ...

  13. Michael Covington

    Trump2020 #KAG

  14. R Gray

    555666 Love You Hearts !!!

  15. Paula Petraszek

    This was on the radio when 9 11 happened. I remember it just like it was yesterday and think about it often.

    Frank Kiser

    You are absolutely right.. I actually saw him live in concert on September 15, 2001 in Hershey PA believe it or not, and he played this as it was brand new at the time. It was pretty wild I will never forget it I actually thought for sure the concert was going to be cancelled, being just 4 days after 9-11 and the state the country was in, but they did have the concert.. I remember so well just even driving down there the feeling of somber almost eerie, not like the feeling on the way to any other concert I have ever been to..
    Not a whole lot of people showed up, understandable, MAYBE a few thousand. And I remember three guys standing near the front rows draped in American flags, and people began chanting USA USA... Whole thing had a very patriotic feel to it. And Mellencamp said some pretty emotional statements..
    Anyway sorry for rambling on a bit lol..
    Comment just caught my eye and it stoked a memory... Great song

  16. David Pate

    Damn, spot on for like ever, John always falls on the right side of history, Check it Out!

  17. OC WRESTLING

    2 of the GREATEST of all TIME singing one of the Best songs EVER

  18. Kodie King

    I love this song

  19. R Gray

    Stay warm hearts...just love that solo......

  20. R Gray

    love you folks........it's really cold now...here

  21. Sid Latch

    We are all the same race human

  22. Tina Mendel

    Super underrated

  23. Kristin-Art L.

    Woke up with this song on my mind. Stuck there all day. And I just realized, it's Martin Luther King Day! Perfect!

  24. Wendy Rydel

    2015 to current. Jamie please.........................

  25. Zelda Williams

    Happy Birthday John!❤
    I love your music!🎉🎉🎉🌷🎵🎶✌👏👏

  26. Marci Mizzou

    Happy birthday John!!!

  27. Tim Torres

    U have always rocked! We need love between us all now more than ever.

  28. Courage Karnga

    John, we love your honesty. Also, I love India Arie singing with him.

  29. R Gray

    til you gotta look the devil in the eye...You know that bastards one big lie

  30. Stephanie Coates

    This song, although awesome, still reminds me of 9/11. It played on the radio the morning of 9/11 as I drove to work before the attacks 30 minutes later. Creeps me out now as I listen today, especially at 2:39

  31. Hallz911

    content of character !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Larry Kuehn

    I love this song.

  33. R Gray

    So be careful with Your heart and what You love,
    make sure it was sent from above :)

  34. R Gray

    It was difficult to figure out exactly what that instrument was that did the killer solo...it was so processed ....they did the live gig on late night......and it was apparent that it was a violin

  35. R Gray

    Everything is cool as can be........great instrumental

  36. Rich Brinda

    Right On dambo!
    Right On.

  37. R Gray

    If you're not part of the future then get out of the way

    Michelle Band

    One of the best lyrics ever.

  38. R Gray

    People know this world is a wreck

  39. R Gray

    Moneys' good , works okay, looks like everythings' rollin our way...'til you gotta look the devil in the eye.....you that bastards' one big lie

  40. Gunter Hartmann

    its a great song with a good message, super sound and wonderful india arie.

  41. Michael Bernfeld

    Racism lives in the USA today
    Better get hip to what Martin Luther King had to say
    I don't want my kids being brought up this way
    Hatred to each other is not okay
    Well I'm not a preacher just a singer son
    But I can see more work to be done
    It's what you do and not what you say
    If you're not part of the future then get out of the way!

  42. Erin Schultz

    #Vote
    #Independent
    #Schultz2020
    #Schultz2024
    #Helmsburg
    #Indiana
    #FarmAide
    #FFA
    *I am A. Erin Schultz and I approve this message, y’all!

  43. Gulle Weck

    Wie ein alter guter Wein! ...

  44. michelle little

    🖤fuckin love this song!

  45. Melody Walker

    This song has the same melody as "Mmmm Bop" by Hanson, LOL.

    Zelda Williams

    Nope!!👈👈👈👈👈👈

  46. R Gray

    So be careful with Your heart and what You love...make sure that it was sent from above !

  47. R Gray

    Loved this song when I 1st heard it ...on a mail run in my van . Had no idea what it was about....flipping channels...and ran into it and really liked it . This song is kind of old ..well 2004 ....I liked it made me feel good about things...working for the US postal service was distressing ...
    You folks have a great holiday God Bless :)

  48. randsonic

    If you're not part of the future then get outta the way

    R Gray

    s ' right

  49. Tina Castro

    This song is the jam this is what I listen to on long car rides

  50. Catlu1732

    I don't remember why I went down reading through the comments but boy was that a mistake,. I was already depressed. Apparently this came out around 9/11 and so the haters (democrats) had to rag on Pres Bush. Oh, and the comment just before this one was another one. Isn't it funny how the republicans wanted revenge on binLaden (that means war) and the democrats just wanted to apologize to binLaden, thinking that we our country surely did something to piss the poor guy off. And since we pissed him off, he had planes flown into the world trade towers killing 3,000+ people. War costs money....we didn't start it, binLaden did. By the way, LOVE the song John.

    Sandy Todd

    And yet it was the Democratic President who got Bin Laden. Why do Republicans live on lies? Bush went into the wrong damn country which is what Democrats were against.

  51. Michael Alexander

    Dude is cool as you like. Brilliant song.

  52. Arletta Sloan

    Why have I not heard of this song or ever heard it on the radio? It sounds good, in all sorts of ways!

  53. Bernard McNulty

    What an amazing voice this woman has, what a duet, just brilliant

  54. Stacey Fisk

    I have always loved John Cougar Mellencamp but this song is one of his best.....also I can't stop playing this song and I saw u first......great artist all the way around I've been listening to his music for almost 35 yrs now......

  55. RichardFeynmanRules

    Come on baby take a ride with me
    I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
    Everything is as cool as can be
    In a peaceful world

    People know this world is a wreck
    We're sick and tired of being politically correct
    If I see through it now but I didn't at first
    The hypocrites made it worse and worse
    Lookin' down their noses at what people say
    These are just words and words are okay
    It's what you do and not what you say
    If you're not part of the future then get out of the way

    Come on baby take a ride with me
    I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
    Everything is cool as can be
    In a peaceful world

    Racism lives in the USA today
    Better get hip to what Martin Luther King had to say
    I don't want my kids being brought up this way
    Hatred to each other is not okay
    Well I'm not a preacher just a singer son
    But I can see more work to be done
    It's what you do and not what you say
    If you're not part of the future then get out of the way

    Come on baby take a ride with me
    I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
    Everything is cool as can be
    In a peaceful world

    The money's good and the work is okay
    Looks like everything is rollin our way
    "Til you gotta look the devil in the eye
    You know that bastard's one big lie
    So be careful with your heart and what you love
    Make sure that it was sent from above
    It's what you do and not what you say
    If you're not part of the future then get out of the way

    Come on baby take a ride with me
    I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
    Everything is cool as can be
    In a peaceful world

    Lay back the top and ride with me
    I'm up from Indiana down to Tennessee
    Everything is cool as can be
    In a peaceful world

    Hey yeah
    Hey yeah
    Hey yeah
    Hey yeah

  56. EraserHead777

    This came out right after 9/11, I always thought it was said in defiance of those who were responsible and hoping we would live in fear after that event. By the video, it looks like not was not the intent, but at the time I think that issue was closer to people's conscience than this one, which pretty much most people are past, at least where I am from....

  57. Gary Simmons

    Well Charles - This was released right before 9/11. The fact that we were attacked & the whole country watched over 3,000 Americans die a violent death might have had something to do with the mood. Genius

  58. CartoonCritter1985

    Such a beautiful song, not played nearly enough on the radio.

  59. lester smith

    A beautifull duet its what you do not what you say

  60. Kat Vanover

    never heard this from MY HUSBAND lol
    LOVE IT

  61. Infidel4Life

    It's what you do not what you say. Live it.

  62. seelenbalsam

    this is what the USA needs today....!!!!!

  63. Tommy Monroe

    What an artist!

  64. David Hanna

    More relevant now than ever.

    DralionProductions

    And "Authority Song".
    #resist

    Zelda Williams

    yessss!!😔

    Zelda Williams

    DralionProductions indeed!!

    Wendy Effertz

    AMEN! Let's keep on "Makin America Great!!!

  65. Charlie Fettig

    When it comes to Ari herself, or John, its people like this who live in a world far beyond doing things based on the level 'am I gonna be listed in the credits?  John has had many great musicians join him and leave him over the years.  Ate through them like popsicles, too!  But anytime I had the opportunity of engaging with this level of people I sense a people all individually focused having mainly there single one purpose is the final completion of joined efforts to produce a piece of art together, have juices and bagels together in passing, get their pay, and jolly out for another creational gathering episode in their career.  It's all about the music!  I think this is partly an explanation for John's lackadaisical premiering of such inclusions and who did what when?  He could do a better job of crediting all participants per performance?  He will have to for his next album release.  It is going to be a dynamite crossing over to country-ism while enabling him to step back in time create songs as if he had written them many years ago?  Might be kinda real Mellencamp-ish to the ears folks!  Might be rated #1 on all charts?  I havn't bought a cd in years.  But I can't wait for this!  Wait til you hear a song originally called Grandview!   shhhh!  It's nice and level, baby!

  66. Roberto Clemente

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN!!! Don't read the posts below because testosterone is still running rampant and men are still killing each other with words. LOVE YOU BROTHER!!!

  67. Michael Alexander

    JM at his very best. Incredible song. Voice is fire.

    Aaron Becker

    fire? you're an idiot

  68. Fireside Roze

    We can hope for peace. Hope is all we have.

    R Gray

    lets do it

  69. Michael Ashton

    I remember hearing this song a couple of weeks after 9/11....

  70. Chris Hamilton

    I remember this song on the radio in the uncertain days after 9-11. It made me feel better.

  71. Godinjcinme

    I'm don't know if YouTube can change info about the song or video after the fact, but when you go to more info, India Ari gets credit for the song. Are people not seeing this or am I missing something?

  72. Charles Jannuzi

    One of the best songs JM ever did--too bad the US was in such a hating, bombing, killing mood when the song was released.

    Vincent

    Well put Stanley.

    Vincent

    With that windy response from you Chuck, I come to the conclusion that I cannot fix stupid! Oh yea, it was a inside job! IDIOT!

    Vincent

    Chuck you trash Tabletop & yet your the man mans with a kitty on your pic! Oh that says a lot!

    Vincent

    Hey Chucky, if ya hate it here so much , move the fuck over there!

    Charles Jannuzi

    Tabletop, Vinny and Stan. And what has to be the ugliest gyrine I have ever seen. LMFAO.

  73. Charles Jannuzi

    It's sung as a duet with India Arie--NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT.

  74. Riia Luhtanen

    All I want is a peaceful world, but is too late?

    If YOU are not part of peaceful solutions, get outta the way.

    - my take on "cougar" ;-)

  75. johnjames1959

    May 2016 be a better year than the one just gone.

  76. johnjames1959

    If your not part of the future,then get out of the way.

  77. S. Peters

    John Mellencamp did not sing this alone. If you want to post a song about racism, INCLUDE THE BLACK WOMAN WHO SANG A MAJOR PART in your credits and title, please. India Arie did a wonderful job here and is a magnificent singer. Give credit where credit is due. Peace.

    Honey bunn

    i can read this Uploaded on 25 Oct 2009
    Music video by John Mellencamp performing Peaceful World. (C) 2001 John Mellencamp
    Category
    Music
    Licence
    Standard YouTube Licence
    Music
    "Peaceful World (feat. India.Arie)" by John Mellencamp maybe get some glasses hey,

    kenny mace

    S. Peters Shut up.

    Darcey Vandecar

    S. Peters his purpose is to end shit like you, yeah big deal another person isn't included but pay attention to all his other music, lyrics, etc. damn

    Charles Jannuzi

    Now the information about India Arie is missing from the text below the song.

    R Gray

    STFU....she was paid a lot of money to be part of this song ....
    more than likely signed a contract....that she would be singing on this song .
    Admittedly, without her....the song would have probably sucked...
    haha blessings

  78. Tang

    Does it ever bother anyone else that India Arie has been given absolutely no credit here on youtube?

    Charles Jannuzi

    It's there, you have to click on SHOW MORE. She didn't write the song, she just sang it as a duet with JM, the writer, producer, and person who played on the song as well. She did an excellent job though.

    Tang

    I didn't say she wrote it or produced it. And when *I* posted this, I'm almost certain that credit wasn't there. If you'd notice, my comment was done 8 months ago. PLENTY of time to change credits. Still, it should be up there in the song title, imo.

    Charles Jannuzi

    I agree because it is a duet.

  79. R Gray

    at 2:05 is an awesome instrumental that brings us all home....amazing

  80. Ms. Sandolla

    Racism lives in the USA, Get hip to what Marting Luther King had to say, I don't want my kids being brought up this way, Hatred to each other is NOT okay!

    none

    i think most honest to god racists are dead now. instead we have hucksters on all sides trying to make it out to be a big problem because the more people they convince that there is a problem = more power for the huckster.
    but ultimately you know it doesnt really matter if someone is a racist. it doesnt really matter if people hate others based on skin color. why? because we all know that person is a fool and society as a whole treats them as pariah.
    the problem becomes when people act on that hatred or racism - thats when it becomes a crime. nothing illegal about being a racist, plenty illegal about discrimination. it should be every bit as illegal to stoke racial tensions to try to earn a living from them.

    Tahira Watkins

    @none I have taken a lot of college classes (I have nearly finished my psychology degree), and there is TONS of research showing that racism is still very common. Just one example: fake resumes with stereotypical black names are far less likely to be called in for an interview (when resumes are otherwise identical). People just don't admit to being racist now, because they will be treated as pariahs.

    none

    @Tahira Watkins congrats on the degree. i got my psych degree back in 96.
    i am aware of bias. that is NOT the same thing as racism.
    racism is defined as believing one race (usually your own) is superior to other races and that other races usually have certain racial characteristics and traits.
    bias works with any group against all other groups.
    every group naturally favors its own group to the exclusion of other groups.
    i realize that the rev sharptons of the world make their living off of preaching that its a racial war of whites against blacks but its not true, nor is the antisemitism he espouses truth. hes just a con man. someone who discovered he can create a charity that makes 4 million and pay himself a million of that , not need to work hard with his hands, get power, and be important.

    none

    @Alfred Razzell yeah your right. my italian wife from sardegna whos blacker than black.. i married her a decade ago just to have something else to hide behind. and my very lightly dark daughter .. we just let her live with us so its another fig leaf to hide behind. right?

    but way to toss out calling someone a racist with zero proof except a few sentences written on youtube. your willingness to call "racist" and point the finger just amply demonstrates that YOU are indeed part of the problem.

  81. seelenbalsam

    Regards from Germany. ...a wonderfull song that goes direct in the blood :-)
    LOVE&PEACE is the answer in this crazy times
    MELLENCAMP IS ONE OF MY FAVORITS EVER !!

    Dillon

    @seelenbalsam I lived there. Loved it. Even the cold.

    Tom Wilt

    Geiler Song

  82. eddiemi

    with India Arie

  83. Brenda Pingleton

    And Amen..

  84. Ciera Bowles

    this song was one of my dads favorite songs. It was played at his funeral r.i.p day 1964/2010

    MelekBetul

    May he rest in peace...

    Ciera Bowles

    Thank u

    Joseph Reidy

    +Ciera Bowles what date in 1964 Ciera .. im 1964 also ....

    R Gray

    God Bless your dad

  85. Laurie Dykas

    Love this song... "Everything as cool as can be... " Oh ya...

  86. Sofie Ewing

    so true   comments below...

  87. Sofie Ewing

    Love M'shell!!!

    B Downs

    It's India Arie.

    Bryson MacDougal

    India Arie.

  88. dambo0706

    The thing about Mellencamp that I (and his many fans "get") about him is that he truly means what he writes and sings. He's the real deal! No bullshit. He writes and sings from the heart and if you don't like it, so be it. He's not going to change. He's not going to pretend. He's who he is to the core and it resonates through his music.

    Rick Klinger

    He's the 'Poor Man's' Springsteen...

    R Gray

    Spruce Bringsteen ?...well....fell asleep snawww

    R Gray

    Actually...early Top was amazoid

    Vincent

    Bruce is a coward who told the draft board he was gay. Can't stand his music anyways.

  89. Jason Phillips

    LOVE YOU JOHNNY !

  90. jrt2009

    John is and has always been relevant when it comes to social commentary.

    #mellencamprocks  

    Zelda Williams

    yes he does! Today is his birthday!
    His birthday brought me here. 🎉🎉🎶🎤😍

  91. Robert engblom

    john cougar mellencamp !! best

  92. Chuck Nagel

    An old school rock and roll poet.  Nice guy.  Kinda short but nice guy.

  93. Wendi Spisak

    its what you do, not what you say...hateful to each other is NOT OKAY...

  94. Wendi Spisak

    I LOVE this song...

  95. Donald Killeen

    where is he we've had too many lost progressives to the wayside.. time to buck up again. GET YOUR VOTE ON..PLEASE. NOVEMBER 2014