John Mellencamp’s Song “Peaceful World”

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I was reminded of this song when I saw from this week’s issue of “Isthmus” (Madison Wisconsin’s weekly free newspaper), that John Mellencamp plans to perform here on Tuesday night (June 2, starting 7:30 pm) at Overture Hall in downtown Madison.

Mellencamp wrote the song “Peaceful World” and it was released in 2001 but I had not heard it until I attended one of my son’s public middle school sings later that year. I liked it right away and it was fun seeing and hearing the entire Cherokee school perform the song with all its parts.

“Peaceful World”

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

Madison’s weekly newspaper ISTHMUS chose the show as an Isthmus Pick for Tuesday, June 2, and also reports each person in will receive a free download of Mellencamp’s 20th album: “Plain Spoken”.

The song appears on John Mellencamp’s “Cuttin Heads” album.

Read Concert Review, Unfortunately. Peaceful World was not on June 2nd’s setlist.

Read more about John Melloncamp.

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About Mike Neuman

Environmentalist; Father; Senior Citizen; Husband, School Crossing Guard; Green Bay Packer Fan; Wisconsin Badger Fan; Animal Lover; Humanitarian

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