The Five Stairsteps – “O-o-h Child!”

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When you think of the ’70s, this song has to come to mind. This song has the coming of age throughout. One of the many great songs that were a huge part of my teenage years and which has remained a part of my life as an adult. When I want to go back in time to a place in life that was simple, less stressful, yet filled with love, fun, and innocence, I listen to this song, close my eyes and reminisce. 

The Five Stairsteps were formed in Chicago in 1965 and comprised of Burke family members Clarence Jr., James, Aloha, Kenneth, and Dennis. They got their name when “Momma Stairsteps” (as Betty Burke was affectionately called) noticed that her kids looked like stair steps when stood next to each other according to age.  Released in 1970 on the album titled “The Stairsteps,” the song peaked at #8 in the US.

This song of comfort and hope was written by Soul songwriter/producer Stan Vincent, who also worked with The Soul Generation and The Legionnaires.

Other artists to record this include Richie Havens, Daryl Hall, and The Edwin Hawkins Singers.

Verizon used this in a commercial television advertisement campaign. In 2007, the song was also used in a commercial for the ADHD Road Map to Success Kit. 

This features in a scene in Boyz and the Hood when Laurence Fishburne’s character is riding in his car with his son. When “O-o-h Child” comes up on the radio, he declares, “Man, I love this song!” and starts singing along to it.

A cover by Dino peaked at #27 on the Hot 100 in 1993. It was the fifth and last single to reach the Top 40 for the pop-dance singer.

Cubie Burke, the youngest member of the group, was only five years old when he sang on this. 

A new audience discovered this song when it was featured in the 2014 film Guardians Of The Galaxy and included on the soundtrack, which went to #1 in America. Hits from the ’70s play throughout the film, which stars Chris Pratt as a human who listens to them on his Walkman.

Director James Gunn played the songs during the shoot, so the cast had to hear them every time they did a scene where one was used. Pratt grew weary of “Escape (The Piña Colada Song),” but he said that “O-o-h Child” was the one that moved him the most.

Song Facts –

Ooh child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh child
Things’ll get brighter

Ooh child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh child
Things’ll get brighter

Some day, yeah
We’ll put it together and we’ll get it undone
Some day
When your head is much lighter
Some day, yeah
We’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day
When the world is much brighter

Ooh child
Things are gonna be easier
Ooh child
Things’ll be brighter

Ooh child
Things are gonna be easier
Ooh child
Things’ll be brighter

Some day, yeah
We’ll put it together and we’ll get it undone
Some day
When your head is much lighter

Some day, yeah
We’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day
When the world is much brighter

Some day, some day, some day, some day yeah
We’ll put it together and we’ll get it undone
Some day
When your head is much lighter

Some day, yeah
We’ll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun
Some day
When the world is much brighter

Ooh child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh child
Things’ll get brighter

Ooh child
Things are gonna get easier
Ooh child
Things’ll get brighter

Writer/s: Stan Vincent

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