A Song A Day: Jan 29th – Where Is The Love?

29 01 2011

I’ll go out on a limb, and hazard a guess that this might be the least comfortable posistion that I’ll ever blog from. I had no idea that this day, nor this week would end up being pretty damn awesome. Through a bizarre set of circumstances and almost serendipitous timing, I’ve ended up this week with some nice new shiny toys, courtesy of an exchange due to a broken laptop under warranty from my local computer store, and my mobile phone contract being eligible for an upgrade. I’m still getting to grips with the new features, buttons and general whiz-bangarey (is that a real word) which makes looking at new gadgets so much fun! So the reason I’m in a slightly awkward posistion, is because i’m surrounded by boxes, packaging, and cables, with a sort of Daniel shaped area where I’m placed at this moment!

So after coming back from my local town this evening, I was sitting down to eat my dinner when the news came on. Nothing noteworthy there you may enquire, but considering the lead story on the 6 o clock news was the recent trouble in Egypt, it got me thinking. I was looking at the sequence of pictures along with the report of what happened. As I was watching this news report, I was suddenly reminded of a great song which seems to have more relevance and poignancy then ever before.

Today’s actions reminded me of the student protests in London last November at the changes to tuition fees. When you see these mass scenes of hysteria and rioting, it can’t help but to raise a few questions.I feel as though these questions are aptly covered in todays song choice. The song contains some wonderfully inspiring and moving lyrics and an absolutely fantastic chorus. The music video to this song was also very well-made. This really has to be one of my favourite songs ever – The Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love?

What’s wrong with the world mama?
People living like aint got no mamas
I think the whole worlds addicted to the drama
Only attracted to the things that bring you trauma
Overseas yeah we tryin to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin
In the USA the big CIA the Bloodz and the Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And if you hatin you’re bound to get irate
Yeah madness is what you demonstrate
And that’s exactly how anger works and operates
You gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love y’all

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can you practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father Father Father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?

It just ain’t the same all ways have changed
New days are strange is the world the insane?
If love and peace so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don’t belong
Nations dropping bombs
Chemical gases filling lungs of little ones
With ongoing suffering
As the youth die young
So ask yourself is the loving really strong?
So I can ask myself really what is going wrong
With this world that we living in
People keep on giving in
Makin wrong decisions
Only visions of them livin and
Not respecting each other
Deny thy brother
The wars’ going on but the reasons’ undercover
The truth is kept secret
Swept under the rug
If you never know truth
Then you never know love
Where’s the love y’all? (I don’t know)
Where’s the truth y’all? (I don’t know)
Where’s the love y’all?

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father father father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I’m getting older y’all people get colder
Most of us only care about money makin
Selfishness got us followin the wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting their young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what the see in the cinema
Whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality
Instead of spreading love, we’re spreading anomosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity
That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feeling under
That’s the reason why sometimes I’m feeling down
It’s no wonder why sometimes I’m feeling under
I gotta keep my faith alive, until love is found

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can you practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father Father Father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?

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8 responses

30 01 2011
10uta02

This is one of my favourite BEP songs – it shows that really popular songs can still have a message that’s worth listening to – thx for sharing it with us, I’ll definitely have this one in mind for further blogposts… Cheers, Uta

30 01 2011
djbaroque

You’re very welcome. This might just be m favourite BEP song. I think they’re the superbowl halftime show act this year, which seemed a little odd after a steady flow of rock and roll acts in past years (Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Who and Tom Petty) The message rang out true when this song was released way back when, and even today it still seems so fitting! Thanks for commenting!

29 01 2011
bwinwnbwi

Great blog, great song, great message!

29 01 2011
djbaroque

Thankyou for your kind comment. I really like your blog too!

29 01 2011
j00lsn

Dan has your Macbook broke?

29 01 2011
djbaroque

Nope! My iMac is still ticking along absolutely fine! Thanks for commenting!

29 01 2011
j00lsn

You’re welcome thanks for commenting on my comment

29 01 2011
djbaroque

No problem!

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