Yes We Can Can

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Now's the time for all good men
To get together with one another
Iron out their problems and iron out their quarrels
And try to live as brothers
And try to find peace within
Without stepping on one another
And to respect the women of the world
Just remember we all had mothers
Make this land a better land
Than the world in which we live
And help each man be a better man
With the kindness that you give

And I know we can make it (I know that we can)
I know darn well we can work it out
Yes we can, I know we can can
Yes we can can, why can't we
If we wanna yes we can can
I know we can make it, world
I know we can make it if we try
Yes we can, I know we can can
Yes we can, great gosh almighty
Yes we can, I know we can can

Take care of the children
Children of the world
They're our greatest hope for the future
The little bitty boys and girls
Make this land a better land
Than the world in which we live
And help each man be a better man
With the kindness that you give

I know we can make it (I know that we can)
I know darn well we can work it out
Yes we can, I know we can can
Yes we can can, why can't we
If we wanna, yes we can can
We can make it
I know we can make it if we try
Yes we can, I know we can can
Yes we can, great gosh almighty, yes we can
I know we can can, yes we can
I know we can can, yes we can
Why can't we if we wanna, yes we can can
Yes we can, I know we can can
Yes we can, great gosh almighty
Yes we can, I know we can can

Yes we can I know we can can, can can
Why can't we, if we wanna, yes we can can
Yes we can I know we can can, yes we can
Great gosh almighty
Yes we can
I know we can can

Yes We Can Can (Live 2005)
Written byAllen Toussaint
Performed byElvis Costello with The Allen Toussaint Band
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Allen Toussaint - piano
Anthony "AB" Brown - guitar
Chris Severin - bass
Herman LeBeaux - drums
Reginald Toussaint - percussion, musical director
Tracy Griffin - trumpet
Brian "Breeze" Cayolle - saxophone
Amadee Castenell - saxophone
Suzanne Bonseigneur - background vocal
Ed Russell - background vocal
Paul Shaffer - keyboards
RecordedSeptember 20, 2005, New York, NY
ReleasedAugust 22, 2006
VideosFrom The Big Apple To The Big Easy: The Concert For New Orleans, 2006

First known performance:
September 20, 2005, New York, NY
Last known performance:
April 27, 2008, New Orleans, LA
     (50 known performances)


Alternate versions

Yes We Can Can (Live 2006)
Performed byElvis Costello & Allen Toussaint featuring The Imposters, Anthony "AB" Brown & The Crescent City Horns
Horn arrangementAllen Toussaint
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, guitar
Allen Toussaint - vocal, piano
Steve Nieve - Hammond B3 organ
Davey Faragher - bass, backing vocal
Pete Thomas - drums
Anthony "AB" Brown - guitar
Amadee Castenell - saxophone
Brian "Breeze" Cayolle - saxophone
Joe "Foxx" Smith - trumpet
Sam "Big Sam" Williams - trombone
RecordedJuly 3, 2006, Montreal, QC, Canada
ReleasedDecember 5, 2006
VideosHot As A Pistol, Keen As A Blade, 2006


From The Big Apple To The Big Easy: The Concert For New OrleansFrom The Big Apple To The Big Easy DVD cover.jpg

Hot As A Pistol, Keen As A BladeHot As A Pistol Keen As A Blade DVD cover.jpg

Recordings by other artists

  • Lee Dorsey, on Yes We Can, 1970 ("Yes We Can Parts I & II")
  • José Feliciano, on Compartments, 1972
  • David "Fathead" Newman, on The Weapon, 1972
  • Young-Holt Unlimited, on Oh Girl, 1972
  • The Pointer Sisters, A-side of single and on The Pointer Sisters, 1973
  • Sly & Robbie, on Rhythm Killers, 1987
  • Harry Connick Jr., on Oh, My Nola, 2007

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