Macklemore- Same Love

So this is my first post regarding music, which is quite exciting. I’m going through a stage where mainstream music irritates me, and I no longer want to just download the UK Top 40 each week. For me music is an intimate and personal experience, so the idea that practically everyone I know is listening to the same song as me takes away the specialness of it. However; trying to find new artists is easier said than done and just because I am exploring different artists , I am not trying to be ‘hipster’ or want to listen to folk music. Although I enjoy most genres, I love rap, but its hard to find rappers that do not try to follow in the footsteps of Wiz Kalifa and sing about there ‘bitchez’.

When I heard Thrift Shop by Macklemore on Radio 1 I immediately liked it, mostly because of its catchy tune and lyrics, however it just seemed to be another one of those songs. You know, its everyone’s ringtone for a few weeks, and blasted from the back of the bus, forgotten when the next big thing plays for the first time. But one day, whilst exploring You Tube , I found myself typing Macklemore into the search bar. Ignoring the first hit, Thriftshop, I scrolled down finding a song called Same Love. Expecting nothing much I clicked onto it, weighing it up against my maths homework it seemed a better option. Listening to the lyrics though was intriguing  Not one mention of cars, bling or bitches, instead he was talking about something that mattered, some thing important and current, often a controversial subject-gay rights. I thought it would be a good idea to post the lyrics here also as when you read them you can really appreciate the effort that has gone into this song and actual meaning.

When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay
‘Cause I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight
I told my mom tears rushing down my face
She’s like “Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-k tripping, “
Yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she?
Bunch of stereotypes all in my head.
I remember doing the math like, “Yeah, I’m good at little league”
A preconceived idea of what it all meant
For those that liked the same sex
Had the characteristics
The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made rewiring of a predisposition
Playing God, aw nah here we go
America the brave still fears what we don’t know
And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago
I don’t know

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
I can’t change
Even if I try
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately?
“Man, that’s gay” gets dropped on the daily
We become so numb to what we’re saying
A culture founded from oppression
Yet we don’t have acceptance for ’em
Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser
It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins
It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference!
Live on and be yourself
When I was at church they taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service those words aren’t anointed
That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned
When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same, but that’s not important
No freedom till we’re equal, damn right I support it

(I don’t know)

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

We press play, don’t press pause
Progress, march on
With the veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
Till the day that my uncles can be united by law
When kids are walking ’round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are
And a certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a damn good place to start
No law is gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it’s all the same love
About time that we raised up

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
I can’t change
Even if I try
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
Love is patient
Love is kind
Love is patient
Love is kind
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
Love is kind

One of my favourite lines in this song is ‘But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago’ referring to the bible. I had been thinking about this a lot at the moment, and how much of an impact the bible has on peoples believes. I am a Christian, although I do not go to church but some things that the Bible states I do not always agree with. Gay rights is a prime example of this, and I think that is important to remember that although a lot of the morals that the Bible teaches are true, it was written a long, long time ago, and the world has developed since. Sometimes I think that people use religion as a shield as they cannot accept that others have different views to them. Whilst I am not trying to suggest that all Christians are wrong, and am in no way trying to cause offence, this is just my humble opinion.

I would love to know your views on this and whether or not you agree with me, thanks for reading 🙂

 

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2 Responses to Macklemore- Same Love

  1. That’s a great song. Good post, keep writing.

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