Why Can't We Be Friends is the title track, and the final track, on the seventh album from California-based funk band War. The song was recorded in 1974, and it earned the group a Grammy nomination in 1976. That year War also was nominated for the song Lowrider, which appears on the same album. Why Can't We Be Friends makes a clear statement - that one shouldn't judge another by their differences. On the song each member of the band gets to sing their own verse. The harmonica player Lee Oskar from Denmark struggles on his verse, he was just learning to speak English at the time - "I may not speak right, but I know what I'm talking about."
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