Yes, We Can Can

The first time I saw the Pointer Sisters on television, I thought, “What an unfortunate choice of clothing!”


Those gals were dressed in 1940s garb, which wasn’t very stylish back in the 1970s. Heck, it probably wasn’t “stylish” in the 1940s! It looked like something out of my Aunt LaVerta’s closet that she donated to a thrift shop. In fact, it very well could have been.

The ladies were singing, I think, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B,” which the Andrews Sisters had popularized decades before. If I closed my eyes, I could get past the way they were dressed. Those women have voices that will knock your socks off! I’ve always enjoyed their music full of jazz, scat, and be-bop. It’s definitely a joyful noise.

The fact that they succeeded in the music world is an interesting story, because they grew up in a household of “can’t.” Their daddy wanted to protect them from “the devil’s work,” so there was “no jewelry, no makeup, no dancing, no movies, and certainly no rock music.” They didn’t have a lot of money, and their clothing most often came from Salvation Army thrift stores. Though they weren’t fond of dressing that way as children, that look worked well for the music they would later sing on stage.

When I saw that Mo at Manic Monday had the word “can” as a prompt, the Pointer Sisters came to mind immediately. One of their songs is almost a “theme song” for me. Go ahead and play it in the background while you read some other blog posts for Manic Monday. I won’t be offended. Y’all make it a good day.

Remember we are in this together!

Yes We Can Can, by the Pointer Sisters

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.

  9 comments for “Yes, We Can Can

  1. March 10, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve been loving the music from the 1970’s recently. It’s been a whole lot of fun rediscovering music that was made before I was born! Haha I’m sure that you like hearing comments like that, huh?

    I haven’t gotten into the Pointer Sisters yet, but thanks for the link! It might be a CD to pick up next time I go for some.

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  2. March 10, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    I saw the Pointer Sisters in concert once… actually, it was the worst concert I’ve ever seen…
    You’re right – they always seem to have an unfortunate choice in clothes!
    I prefer to listen to their music without seeing the performers!

  3. March 10, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    I love the pointer sisters. Never did care for their clothes either, but I did enjoy their music. Have a great MM. 🙂

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  4. March 10, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    I thought of can can too. Not the Pointer Sisters though.

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  5. March 10, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve always loved their harmonies and even liked the clothes. It was so sad when June passed away a few years ago.

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  6. March 10, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    I don’t remember seeing the pointer sisters before… though I’ve heard them lots. Funny, the clothes seem strange from here and now, but so do the clothes everybody else was wearing.

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  7. freelanceguru
    March 11, 2008 at 6:22 am

    I love the Boogie woogie Bugle Boy.

    The song ain’t bad either.

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  8. March 11, 2008 at 6:37 am

    Great post and great music! I love the 70s! Welcome to MM!

  9. March 11, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Oh, that’s a good take on the “Can”. Thanks for the link to the video. That was fun.

    I kind of thought their clothes were funky, eclectic…

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