Michael McDonald - Higher Ground Lyrics

People keep on learnin'
Soldiers keep on warrin'
World keep on turnin'
Cause it won't be too long

Powers keep on lyin'
While your people keep on dyin'
World keep on turnin'
Cause it won't be too long

I'm so darn glad he let me try it again
Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
I'm so glad that I know more than I knew then
Gonna keep on tryin'
Till I reach my highest ground

Teachers keep on teachin'
Preachers keep on preachin'
World keep on turnin'
Cause it won't be too long
Oh no

Lovers keep on lovin'
Believers keep on believin'
Sleepers just stop sleepin'
Cause it won't be too long
Oh no

I'm so glad that he let me try it again
Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
I'm so glad that I know more than I knew then
Gonna keep on tryin'
Till I reach my highest ground...Whew!

Till I reach my highest ground
No one's gonna bring me down
Oh no
Till I reach my highest ground
Don't let nobody bring you down (they'll sho 'nuff try)
God is gonna show you higher ground
He's the only friend you have around

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Michael McDonald Higher Ground Comments
  1. Phil H

    funk at its best...

  2. Kenny Evans

    One minute in and that's cooking about as good as anything you'll ever hear.

  3. Jamel Wright

    I first heard Michael McDonald in 1986, Sweet Freedom. I heard him all my life but had NO IDEA who he actually was until 2007. God bless this voice. His songs got me through a lot of tough times.

  4. Phil H

    One of his best !

  5. John Dotcom

    Really he is best mane singer every colitis so pure
    If you can be reborn I want to his voice
    Cause it’s pure soul
    Rock on

  6. Kayleigh Lowe

    Bernie's solo is FIRE!!!!

  7. Margaret Jefton

    chief. muscicians. write. lord.

  8. Margaret Jefton

    floodings. higher. grounds. 2019. 3. 25. 19.

  9. Aldo Jose Chiavegatto


  10. spainishgirl

    Sing it... Mr. McDonald:))!

  11. Barbara Cartwright

    Love me some Michael McDonald

  12. Robin C. Baldwin

    Where are the Persons of interest???????? I reported the crimes now 22 years and I still look like a pumpkin head full of poisen and abuse, all the kings horses and all the kings men better put Robin together again and again and again, maybe the Santa reins of what is it that is the concern of your business happening, and where do people do or walk or live or speak or get what is theres without threats of dying every day of denial when life of themselves has been made clear over and over never understanding the word no or stop or never or what is your thing? holdey that soul in a presence that you only know things when you can connect in person, the only legal standing with any god I ever knew!  Again I never gave you persmission, where is my life hiding, I do not ever say or did I wanted to loose my life, or brought any kind of harm to myself. I am Lonnis mother of natural life, unfortunately other people chose to use my presence on this earth the very wrong way!  I don't claim or have anything to do with these matters, I am in my own world that is my right!  I have done everything knowing of legal matter in the USA to get mine!  yet I still have to save myself everyday suffering while I watch you assholes take everything and mine what you want!  Either make the right thing which is very easy with all the time and space of your nothingness!  I need and want my plans in life, I am and was a free American and worked and payed all I was told to, I made credit of that thing cards my responsibility and was good for me, not you and yours!!!!!! Back it up, make it right, break it down, you take to much, value time is little, waste and all is not necessary or makes sence numbers of peoples to great, to have to suffer in physical pain or time to much laboring or polluting just to live, how stupid, just live in the place, and do equal avenues to contribute to, but you must include and diserve this freedom with what is needed in your places, and care and world air is number 1, seeee with your eyes, we hold these truths to be self evident!  Cercomforence is it!  Circles of and what you need without taking others purposes!

  13. Flávia Darossi

    What a man!

  14. Brian Berkoff

    Who is the other guy on keyboards & backup vocals?

    Kayleigh Lowe

    Chuck Sabatino

  15. cea319

    Hey kids, live performance, with real musicians. THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL REAL TALENT!!!!!

  16. Djé

    Great band

  17. T Phillip Gee

    Classic!! Talk about JAMMING!! This is what I'm talkin about!! Thank you Michael McDonald!!

  18. Agent Smith

    Franku on the drums?

  19. Margareta Wållberg

    WOW!! What great musicians. Does anyone know the name of the musicians, each one of them? One more time WOW!!

  20. adahlamaga


  21. Sandy Tonkin

    LOVE this man!! Have for decades! Rock on Michael ❤️

  22. Paul Coover

    Funkiest men alive....you guys get my vote......The rythem  in the keyboards is out of this world....the vocals........the  red hot drummer.....and the killer guitar solo are all worken here.......really top...........I had a dream about heaven one time......It was the Biggest Musical Festival...This will do the trick......Who could follow this act.......That is ....who could perform next......and not look like kids......this is literally, hard to beat....Micheal's voice just cements it.....What a treasured accomplishment and  perfect capture.....of one perfect moment in time.

    Paul Rieselman

    +Paul Coover Thanks for that Paul....I mean come on...a unique voice among all white men...among all men..

  23. Jordan Ailshie

    Who is this drummer?

  24. Hulk2k6

    And That, Kids, Is HOW you Tear a House *DOWN*!


    no shit ! !

    Chris Winslet

    So true - and your three year old comment brought tears to my eyes.  This is a go to video for me whenever I feel like a boost

  25. Hugh Leather

    This is my favorite version of this great Stevie Wonder classic. What a band!

  26. threestarsunset

    god damn it michael i cant get enough of that soulful voice! i remember listening with my pops when i was a pup to the doobie bros and ever since then i been hooked on the man himself such a great artist! :D woo higher ground doo be doo lol

  27. mrguillemot

    will never forget George's facial expressions during Blink of an Eye on the London leg of the album tour - was quite a picture! Just love that track though, always on the ipod favorites list :-)

  28. Jan Luft

    'Yeah! Yeah!'

  29. Mike Himmel

    The freakin voice is amazing! Incredible soul. Lifetime pro. One of best vocalists in the world. Period!

  30. Walter Machcinski

    Awesome version!!! Would love this version on an album!! Saw him in the 90's..awesome show!

  31. ZeMadCat

    I normally do NOT like when the arrangements are modified, but I have always found that Michael McDonald's taste is very impeccable in pulling it off. This is another example of putting a spin on something that you will find yourself going back to all day! Hats off yet again sir!!!!

  32. Chris Henderson


  33. Endur

    Die old man

  34. Helen Beseda

    I've seen this one before - but man, the bass line is driving this thing. Well done.

  35. Helen Beseda

    Go Bernie!

  36. Spartanm333

    @mekongyouwrong - Agreed - Chuck Sabatino (transvalue.info/images/Sabatino-2.jpg) was Mike's running buddy from the early days in St Louis and this meant a great deal to both of them. Chuck always had great energy at the gigs and was a wonderful singer in his own right. Miss you dude!

  37. utoob92

    press 4 on your keyboard for the best part of the song

  38. Didde Skjelmose

    Michael will you be my man

  39. bronncohowie

    The main man just doing his thing.

  40. rsmyth1953

    Hot as a 4 balled bobcat!!!!!!!!!! Mike's the man! I just would like to know who scored the arrangement.

  41. funkfanNo1

    Thank god for MM

  42. jeff sheard

    @FinianDarby Don't sweat the knuckleheads. Michael is one of, if not the preeminent soul and R & B singers of the past three decades and has a huge fan base among the originators of the genre. That say's it all. Chuck, God rest his soul, was a tremendous musician who benefited every project he was involved with. Peace.

  43. Trevor B. Lewis


  44. k3304

    SMOKIN " !!!!

  45. TheBassoProfondo

    this band just yah mo burned the place to ground

  46. Michael McDonald

    Drummer is George Perilli

    Charles Louderback

    Michael McDonald 3929mamoth

  47. Finian Darby

    I'm so disappointed to read all the negative comments below. Michael McDonald us a soul icon. As for the comments about Chuck Sabatino on keyboards looking like Dr Phil with a beard, just shows how little these people know about the talent he brought to the band's performance at that time. RIP Chuck. Regarding the Doobies comments, I thought he added a whole new sound to the band which has stood the test of time. How many Grammies to prove it? Keep it up Mike, your the best!

  48. TheJuliusJT

    he's so WILD! maan... what a voice

  49. RxTim

    while i think his voice is unique and isnt bad at small doses, (to the people who gave this dude thumbs down) lets be serious, he fucked ruined the doobie brothers

  50. HH0603

    Amazing heavy funk. Nice guitar play

  51. bigskyduck

    White boy funk... this is killer!

  52. Will McDougal

    Got Clav?

  53. Rob campbell

    keyboardist looks like dr phil with a beard! lol

  54. pungooer

    Last week I tried to get hold of Michael McDonalds CDS here in Australia. Not so easy to get. Can only purchase as imports and have to pay a whole heap more....For a guy as talented as he (5 time Grammy award winner) his music should be readily available, but not the case. Very disappointing. I wanted to get his 2 Motown CDS. Anyway will keep looking. Love all his stuff. Watch him on Youtube everyday.

  55. Michael McDonald

    Guitar player is Bernie Chiaravalle -- Michael's guitar player since 1988 and still in his band.

    Coco Loco

    Awesome guitar! I hear some Buddy Guy & SRV in there!

  56. blackcavalier

    Who was that on the lead guitar for this. I've seen him before.