Classic Hit Academy, Songs about Friendship, Why Can’t We Be Friends - War

In this 1975 hit by the funk band War the line “Why can’t we be friends?” is sung four over forty times in under four minutes.

The song is unique that various members of the band exchange vocal duties from verse to verse. Each verse was sung by a different member of the band, with Brown singing the first. The line, “I may not speak right, but I know what I’m talking about,” is harmonica player Lee Oskar, who being from Denmark and was just learning how to speak English.

A song of global friendship, It was played in outer space when NASA beamed it to the linking of Soviet cosmonauts and U.S. astronauts for the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project.

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