Curtis Mayfield - Move on up

First performance: 17/12/2000


Bruce performed the song 29 times as a snippet:
1999-08-06 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-08-01 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-29 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-27 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-26 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-24 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-20 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-18 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-07-15 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford
1999-06-27 Valle Hovin Stadion, Oslo, Norway
1999-06-26 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
1999-06-24 Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden
1999-06-23 Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden
1999-06-20 Gelredome, Arnhem, The Netherlands
1999-06-19 Gelredome, Arnhem, The Netherlands
1999-06-17 Weserstadion, Bremen, Germany
1999-06-15 Stadion Am Bieberer Berg, Offenbach, Germany
1999-06-13 Bruno-Plache-Stadion, Leipzig, Germany
1999-06-11 Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa, Italy
1999-06-07 Estadio De La Comunidad De Madrid, Madrid, Spain
1999-06-05 Estadio La Romareda, Zaragoza, Spain
1999-06-03 Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France 
1999-06-02 Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France 
1999-05-30 Parkbühne Wuhlheide, Berlin, Germany
1999-05-29 Parkbühne Wuhlheide, Berlin, Germany
2001-12-08 Convention Hall, Asbury Park
2001-12-06 Convention Hall, Asbury Park
2000-12-18 Convention Hall, Asbury Park
2000-12-17 Convention Hall, Asbury Park


"Move On Up" is a song by Curtis Mayfield from his 1970 debut album Curtis. Nearly nine minutes long on the album version, it was released as a single in the United States but failed to chart. An edited version of the song spent 10 weeks in the top 50 of the UK Singles Chart in 1971, peaking at #12, and it has become a soul music classic over the years.

Other cover versions

  • Destination
  • Just Blaze heavily sampled the song for Kanye West's 2006 single "Touch the Sky", using a slowed down version of the horns. 

Bruce on the artist

Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942, Chicago, IL–December 26, 1999, Roswell, GA) was an African-American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Mayfield is highly regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music. Curtis Mayfield was a two time inductee into the GrammyHall of fame and winner of the Grammy Legend Award and lifetimes Achievement Award which was personally presented by Bruce in 1995
  • 01.03.94 Grammy Awards, after "The Curtis Mayfield Medley"
"Curtis, on behalf of all the musicians gathered here on stage and in the audience, we wanna thank you for the lasting soul and the deep beauty of the music that you´ve made… you´ve been an inspiration to all of us and it´s an honor to be up here with you tonight and I´m glad to present you with the Grammy Legend Award, we love you…"
" There's a beautifully socially–conscious soul of Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, "We're a Winner," keep on pushin'. Just great, great records that just filled the airwaves at a time when you couldn't have needed them more. You just couldn't have needed them more. "A Woman's Got Soul," what a beautiful, beautiful record to women. "It's All Right." It was the sound track of the Civil Rights Movement. And it was here, amongst these great African–American artists, that I learned my craft. You learned how to write. You learned how to arrange. You learned what mattered and what didn't. You learned what a great production sounds like. You learned how to lead a band. You learned how to front a band. "
  • Bruce also covered a song (Gypsy Woman) on a compilation album of various artists: 
Celebrating the music of Curtis Mayfield. While many tribute albums are recorded after an artist has passed, this album was completed five years before Mayfield's death : released 1994. ( A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield )


Hush now, child
And don't you cry
Your folks might understand you
By and by
Just move on up
Toward your destination
Though you may find
From time to time

Bite your lip
And take a trip
Though there may be
Wet road ahead
And you cannot slip
Just move on up
For peace you can find
Into the steeple
Of beautiful people
Where there's only one kind

So hush now, child
And don't you cry
Your folks might understand you
By and by
Move on up
And keep on wishing
Remember your dreams
Are your only schemes
So keep on pushing

Take nothing less
Than the supreme best
Do not obey
You most people say
For you can pass the test

Just move on up
To a greater day
But just the lord'll make it
If you put your mind to it
You can surely do it

Just move on up
Move on up
We move on up
Oh, child, we just move on up
We move on up
Move on up