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People Get Ready

Sunday, December 30, 2018

On this  last Sunday morning in 2018, we chose to celebrate a heartfelt tune written by Curtis Mayfield. It reached number three on the Billboard R&B chart in 1965, another time of divisiveness and social unrest in our country that called for a signature song that could help hold our country together.

Rolling Stone magazine named “People Get Teady" the 24th greatest song of all time.

It was included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. It has also been chosen as one of the top 10 best songs of all time by a panel of 20 top industry songwriters and producers, including Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Hal David and others.

Mayfield's more than 50-year-old gospel tune has withstood the test of time because its metaphoric message is that regardless of what has happened, positive change can still happen if we passionately get ourselves together. 


A growing number of people all across the country are getting on board their personal redemption 'train to Jordan' and rising above racism, sexism, ageism, and standing apart from despair and desire for retaliation, effectively putting an end to the “what about” cycle of pain, while consuming less, embracing intellectual curiosity, and becoming empowered, proactive environmentalist to help stave off the effects of the climate changes already affecting every country, on every continent of the world.

People get ready

There's a train a coming

You don't need no baggage

You just get on board

All you need is faith

To hear the diesels humming

Don't need no ticket 

You just thank the Lord.



People get ready,

There's a train to Jordan

Picking up passengers coast to coast

Faith is the key, open the doors and board them

There's hope for all of those who loved the most.

Why Eva Cassidy 

We chose to present Eva Cassidy’s version of "People Get Ready" since her version never fails to touch our hearts.

We have faith that our country and our world will soon set aside political differences, and start peacefully coming together with the common goal of sustaining life on planet earth.  We sincerely wish our readers a happy and peaceful new year. 

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff