Morning Song – If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)
As the story goes, one day Stax songwriter Raymond Jackson was heading out on his lunch break when he called to co-workers Carl Hampton and Homer Banks, “If you’re ready, come go with me“.
Being songwriters, they recognized a chorus lyric when they heard it. Writing for the Staple Singers in 1973, they knew the verses weren’t going to tell the story of some guys having lunch, or of a teenage romance. Being professionals, they had a funky, soulful, socially conscious hit song written before their next lunch.
No hatred will be tolerated;
Peace and love, all between the races;
Love is the only transportation,
To where there’s total communication;
If you’re ready, come go with me.