Yes We Can Can

The Pointer Sisters

About Yes We Can Can

"Yes We Can Can" is a 1973 funk song recorded by the American R&B girl group the Pointer Sisters and released on the Blue Thumb record label. Written by Allen Toussaint, "Yes We Can Can" is a political song advocating unity and tolerance. The Pointer Sisters' version features intricate background vocals and Anita Pointer's lead vocal. The song is also used in the films The Associate, Big Momma's House, Ali, Maid in Manhattan, and Sunday Driver.


Year:
2004
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Now's the time for all good men
to get together with one another.
We got to iron out our problems
and iron out our quarrels
and try to live as brothers.
And try to find a piece of land
without stepping on one another.
And do respect the women of the world.
Remember you all have mothers.
We got to make this land a better land
than the world in which we live.
And we got to help each man be a better man
with the kindness that we give.
I know we can make it.
I know darn well we can work it out.
Oh yes we can, I know we can can
Yes we can can, why can't we?
If we wanna get together we can work it out.

And we gotta take care of all the children,
the little children of the world.
'cause they're our strongest hope for the future,
the little bitty boys and girls.

We got to make this land a better land
than the world in which we live.
And we got to help each man be a better man
with the kindness that we give.
I know we can make it.
I know darn well we can work it out.
Oh yes we can, I know we can can
yes we can can, why can't we?
If we wanna, yes we can can. 

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The Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sisters are an American R&B recording act from Oakland, California that achieved mainstream success during the 1970s and 1980s. Spanning over three decades, their repertoire has included such diverse genres as pop, disco, jazz, electronic music, bebop, blues, soul, funk, dance, country and rock. more »

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Written by: ALLEN TOUSSAINT

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10 facts about this song

Song Release
"Yes We Can Can" was released by The Pointer Sisters in 1973 as the first single from their self-titled debut album.
Song Writing
The song was written by a well-renowned New Orleans songwriter, Allen Toussaint.
Chart Success
Upon release, "Yes We Can Can" climbed to No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and had a week peak at No. II.
Cover Versions
Before The Pointer Sisters' rendition, "Yes We Can Can" had been covered by several artists including Lee Dorsey in 1970 and Barbra Streisand in 1971.
Music Style
The song combines elements of R&B, soul, funk, and jazz, showcasing The Pointer Sisters' versatile vocal harmonies.
Music Video
The music video for "Yes We Can Can" was released in 1973, featuring a spirited performance by The Pointer Sisters.
Grammy Nominations
The song earned The Pointer Sisters their first Grammy nomination in 1974.
Enduring Popularity
Even after several decades, "Yes We Can Can" remains one of The Pointer Sisters' most loved and recognized songs.
Social Message
The song features a socially conscious message, voicing optimism and unity in the face of adversity.
Inclusion in Popular Culture
"Yes We Can Can" has been featured in several films, TV shows, and commercials, reflecting its timeless appeal.

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