Drake's Hotline Bling vs. the 1972 original Why can't we live together by Timmy Thomas...

"Hotline Bling" is a song by hip hop recording artist Drake, released as a single digitally on July 31, 2015. The song's instrumental heavily samples R&B singer Timmy Thomas' 1972 song "Why Can't We Live Together".


The song is notable for its sparse, stripped-down production, which featured only a Hammond organ, percussion from an early rhythm machine and Thomas's passionate, soulful vocal. Thomas first sang it as an improvised number on his own nightclub, the "Denisse Lounge". Afterwards, as the audience loved it, with the help of his employees, he wrote it.

It was recorded in Hialeah, FL-based TK Records.

The lyrics of the original are still moving:

Tell me why, tell me why, tell me why
Why can't we live together?

Everybody wants to live together
Why can't we be together?

No more war, no more war, no more war
Just a little peace
No more war, no more war
All we want is some peace in this world

No matter, no matter what color
You are still my brother
I said, "No matter, no matter what color"
You are still my brother



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