Roebuck “Pops” Staples

The Staple Singers were an American gospel, soul and R&B singing group. Roebuck “Pops” Staples (December 28, 1914 – December 19, 2000), the patriarch of the family, formed the group with his children Cleotha (1934–2013), Pervis (b. 1935), and Mavis (b. 1939). Yvonne (b. 1936) replaced her brother when he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and again in 1970.

They are best known for their 1970s hits “Respect Yourself”, “I’ll Take You There”, “If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me)”, and “Let’s Do It Again”, which with one exception (“I’ll Take You There”) peaked on the Hot 100 within a week from Christmas Day. While the family name is Staples, the group used “Staple” commercially.

I’M JUST ANOTHER SOLDIER
Staple Singers

I’m just another soldier in the army of love
I’m just another soldier in the army of love
Hup, two, three, four, crying sometimes
Yes I know, I’m just another soldier in the army of love

Now hate is my enemy
I gotta find it day and night
Love is the only weapon with which I have to fight
I believe, short of love, for my family man

And one day I’ll hold the victory in my hand
That’s why, I’m just another soldier in the army of love
I’m just another soldier in the army of love
I’m just another soldier in the army of love
Hup, two, three, four, crying sometimes

Yes, I know, I’m just another soldier in the army of love
Now one John and Bobby, once ???, I must say

But the captain called them to that command post in the sky
This man is your friend, this army be me

And I believe if we get together right now
hatred will cease to be

I’m just another soldier in the army of love
I’m just another soldier in the army of love
Hup, two, three, four, crying sometimes
Yes, I know, I’m just another soldier in the army of love

I’m just another soldier in the army of love
Yes, I am
I’m just another soldier in the army of love
Yes, I am
I’m just another soldier in the army of love
Yes, I am