FCS Daily Music Video- ‘Let Em In’ Billy Paul on Soul Train (1977)


Possible meaning The knocking on the door is the message of non-violence that people, like Martin Luther, preach. The door represents your mind and the knocking is asking you to have an open mind. Notice that he does not refer to Martin Luther as Reverend. The religious aspect is ignored, possibly because religious ideology has been a reason for some violence in the world.

Lyrics below

Oh, I say, you’ve been misled
You’ve been had
You’ve been tookSomeone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bellDo me a favour
Open the door and let ’em in
Ooh, child, let the beautiful people inSomeone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Someone’s knockin’ at the door
Someone’s layin’ on the bedDo me a favor
Open the door and let ’em in
Ooh child, let the soul of people inPauly Williams was my twin
Elijah Malcolm, still our friend
Brother Martin, we can’t forget John

Bobby Maker
Louis Armstrong oh, oh
Lord, now, y’allLet the folks in, need to see my twin
Let the folks in, they be washing their sinsWe hold these truths to be self-evident
That all men are created equal and endowed by the Creator
With certain inalienable rights
When these rights are destroyed over long periods of time
It is your duty
To destroy or abolish that governmentPauly Williams was my twin
Elijah Malcolm, still our friend
Brother Martin, we can’t forget John
Bobby Maker
Louis Armstrong
Ah, ah, ah, Lord nowLet the folks in, I wanna see my twin
Let the folks in, we gonna sit in my den

Well America is in a unique position
She’s the only country in history in a position
Actually to become involved in a blood-less revolution
The only we way we’re gonna solve it
We gotta unite us
We gotta work together in unity and harmonyPauly Williams was my twin
Elijah Malcolm, still my friend
Brother Martin, we can’t forget John
Bobby Maker
Louis Armstrong oh, oh
Right nowSomeone’s knockin’ at the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell, they push it hard
Somebody’s ringing it, Lord
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell, they kickin’ hard

Do me a favor
Open the door and let folks in
Let the folks in, let the folks in, let the folks inSomebody better open the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bell
Somebody better open the door
Somebody’s ringin’ the bellDo me a favor, do me a favor
Open up your door, open up your door
And let the soul of people in
Gotta let the soul in, let the soul in
One at a timeI have a dream this afternoon
That the brotherhood of man will become a reality in this day
With this faith I will go out and carve a tunnel of hope
Through the mountain of despair

With this faith, I will go out with you
And transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows
With this faith
We will be able to achieve this new day
When all of God’s childrenBlack men and white men Jews and Gentiles
Protestants and Catholics
Will be able to join hands and sing
With the Negroes in the spiritual of old
Free at last, free at last
Thank God almighty, we are free at lastSomebody’s knocking on my door
Somebody’s ringing my bell
Somebody’s knocking on my door
Somebody’s ringing my bell

Somebody do me the favor do me the favour
Give it a chance
And let the people walk in
I wanna see their face
I wanna see who it is


Don Matthews
October 2021




Published by donmatthewspoetry

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