The album opens with the first of Mayfield’s Black pride anthem compositions, the titular “Keep on Pushing”, which became a top 10 hit on both the Billboard Pop and R&B chart. The cover interprets the title in the stupidest way: Don Bronstein’s photograph shows the group pushing Mayfield’s Jaguar E-Type. As if the song was about moving a broken-down luxury car, and not about the civil rights movement.
Now maybe some day / I’ll reach that higher goal
I know I can make it / With just a little bit of soul
’Cause I’ve got my strength
A great big stone wall / Stands there ahead of me
But I’ve got my pride / And I’ll move on aside
And keep on pushing