Listen to the Music

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Listen to the Music

Oh it’s hard to beat the uplifting harmonies of the Doobie Brothers. This song was an easy joy to arrange in three-part chorus, with a little Bob Marley teaser at the end.

Composer & Copyright

Original song © Doobie Brothers, arranged for Wholehearted Chorus by Lisa G. Littlebird, inspired by this arrangement by the London Soul Choir.


Recorded by Sandor Nagyszalanczy on guitar, Lisa G. Littlebird on vocals.


Don’t you feel it growing, day by day
People getting ready for the news
Some are happy, some are sad
Woah, gotta let the music play

What the people need is a way to make them smile
It ain’t so hard to do if you know how
Gotta get a message, get it on through
Oh now momma don’t you ask me why

Woah, oh listen to the music
Woah, oh listen to the music
Woah, oh listen to the music
All the time

When I know you know baby, everything I say
Meet me in the country for a day
We’ll be happy and we’ll dance
Oh, we’re gonna dance our blues away

And if I’m feeling good to you and you’re feeling good to me
There ain’t nothing we can’t do or say
Feeling good, feeling fine
Oh, baby, let the music play


Bridge: Like a lazy flowing river
Surrounding castles in the sky
And the crowd is growing bigger
Listening for the happy sounds
And I got to let them fly

Chorus x4

Teaching Notes

This is a wordy one, and in our arrangement we had the chorus learn the first two verses (sung in unison) with soloists holding verses 3 and 4. But the chorus is such an easy joy, and the bridge so satisfying. The timing of the last line of verse 2 takes a little practice. A great concert closer. In this arrangement I tease in a little Bob Marley at the end. It works great with keyboard and percussion too… don’t forget the tamborine!

Key: E


Level of teaching speed/ difficulty (1 = very easy, 10 = very challenging)

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