It’s not black, it’s not white It’s not red, it’s not yellow It’s down to earth

Richie Havens

Mr. Havens’ death was announced Monday afternoon. He died of a sudden heart attack in his Jersey City home, according to booking agent Tim Drake.

Born in Brooklyn in 1941, Mr. Havens performed with the McCrea Gospel Singers in his native borough as a teenager before taking on the folk scene in Greenwich Village during his 20s.

“I saw the Village as a place to escape to in order to express yourself,” Mr. Havens said in a 2008 biography on his own Web site. “I had first gone there during the beatnik days of the 1950s to perform poetry, then I drew portraits for two years and stayed up all night listening to folk music in the clubs. It took a while before I thought of picking up a guitar.”

Mr. Havens landed a record deal in 1967, and released five albums before his legendary appearance as the opening performer at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969. He performed a lengthy set, and but was best remembered for the improvised song, “Freedom,” an improvisation of the spiritual, “Motherless Child.”

His cover of the George Harrison-penned Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun” was also among his best-known hits, making No. 16 on the U.S. pop charts in 1971.

Mr. Havens went on to found his own record label, Stormy Forest, and branched into acting in the 1970s — appearing in the 1972 stage interpretation of “The Who’s Tommy,” as Othello in the 1974 movie “Catch My Soul,” and alongside Richard Pryor in the 1977 film “Greased Lightning.”

Mr. Havens was also a producer of the 25th anniversary Woodstock ’94 festival.

In all, he put out 21 studio albums and went on several world tours. He also won the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award for his charity work in 1991, according to published reports.

Zippin’ up my boots, goin’ back to my roots
To the place of my birth, back down to earth
Not talkin’ ’bout the roots in the land
I’m talkin’ ’bout the roots in the man
Zippin’ up my boots, goin’ back to my roots
I’m homeward bound, got my head turned aroundGoin’ back to find myself
I can’t live with nobody else
Who’s living in the world and not be seen
Goin’ back, goin’ back right there an’ be meNot searching’ for riches I’ve had all the time
Finding out happiness is just a state of mind
Just a state of mindZippin’ up my boots, goin’ back to my roots
To the place of my birth, back down to earth, yes
Not talkin’ ’bout the roots in the land
I’m talkin’ ’bout the roots in the man, yes
Zippin’ up my boots, getting back to the roots
I’m homeward bound, got my head turned around, oh oh

Going home, I’m coming home
Going home, going home, were i do belong
i’ve got  my riches and I’ve got the time
Finding out happiness is just a state of mind
Just a state of mind, just a state of mind
Just a state of mind, yeah

Zippin’ up my boots, goin’ back to my roots
To the place of my birth, get on down to the earth

It’s not black, it’s not white
It’s not red, it’s not yellow
It’s not black, it’s not white
It’s not red, it’s not yellow
It’s not black, it’s not white
It’s not red, it’s not yellow

It’s down to earth, it’s down to earth
It’s down to earth, it’s down to earth

It’s not red, it’s not white
It’s not yellow , it’s not black
It’s not red, it’s not white
It’s not yellow , ït’s not black ….

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*Patricia Lohan *

Helping you find peace in your life.........*Sacred Sound Healing Practitioner * BodyMind Balancing Therapist * Reiki Master * Yoga Teacher

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