Song of the Day #5,076: ‘Takin’ It To the Streets’ – The Doobie Brothers

‘Takin’ It To the Streets’ is the title song from The Doobie Brothers’ 1976 album, their seventh studio release. This was the first album to feature Michael McDonald on lead vocals, and he also penned this track and a few others.

McDonald’s arrival marked a significant shift in the band’s sound, from straight-forward rock to a fusion of pop and soul. It’s the post-1976 material that pops up on my favorite Yacht Rock radio station.

[Verse 1]
You don’t know me but I’m your brother
I was raised here in this living hell
You don’t know my kind in your world
Fairly soon, the time will tell

[Bridge]
Oh, you, telling me the things
You’re gonna do for me
I ain’t blind and I don’t like
What I think I see

[Chorus]
(Taking it to the streets)
Taking it to the streets
(Taking it to the streets)
No more need for running
(Taking it to the streets)

[Verse 2]
Take this message to my brother
You will find him everywhere
Wherever people live together
Tied in poverty’s despair

[Bridge]
Oh, you, telling me the things
You’re gonna do for me
I ain’t blind and I don’t like
What I think I see

[Chorus]
(Taking it to the streets)
Taking it to the streets
(Taking it to the streets)
No more need for running
(Taking it to the streets)
Taking it to the streets
(Taking it to the)

[Saxophone Solo]

[Bridge]
Oh, you, telling me the things
You’re gonna do for me
I ain’t blind and I don’t like
What I think I see

[Chorus]
(Taking it to the streets)
Taking it to the streets
(Taking it to the streets)
No more need for running
(Taking it to the streets)
Yeah, yeah

(Taking it to the streets)
Taking it to the streets
(Taking it to the streets)
Before it steps farther
(Taking it to the streets)
Oh, lord

(Taking it to the streets)
Taking it, taking it
(Taking it to the streets)
Hey, yeah ha
(Taking it to the streets)
Taking it to the streets
(Taking it to the streets)
No more need for running
(Taking it to the streets)
No more need for hiding
(Taking it to the streets)
Yeah, yeah, yeah
(Taking it to the streets)
No more
(Taking it to the streets)
Yeah, yeah
(Taking it to the streets)
Taking it, taking it
(Taking it to the streets)

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,076: ‘Takin’ It To the Streets’ – The Doobie Brothers

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Yeah, I’m definitely a bigger fan of the Michael McDonald led Doobie Brothers, though I’m sure that is sacrilege to rock purists.

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