Love Is In Da Blog – Same Love

As I’ve mentioned before, I have my daughter to thank for many of my musical tastes in the last six years. I honestly am pretty lost without her constantly coming home and letting me know about new bands or what’s going on with bands we both like. I can’t tell you how she gained all her knowledge, some mystery of the Internet that I haven’t quite figured out, but she had it down, probably still does.

She knew band members on a first name basis. She knew when bands broke up or when one band member left one band for another. We seriously still talk about some band members on a first name basis, like they are our long lost friends. I miss those days!

She ended up going to a smaller high school (a charter school actually) geared towards the performing arts. I think it was a perfect fit for her and actually helped her grow and become the adult she is today. One thing that always amazed me was how much more mature some of the students were. I’ll grant that not all of them were, but there were more in a general sense than you would find scattered through the bursting hallways of a normal high school.

She came home from school one day and said, “Mom, you have to watch this video. You’re going to cry!” (That was always her marker on whether or not I would like it – if it would make me cry) We, of course, had to eat dinner and do all the normal household things, but when we could, we sat down to watch the video.

I have to admit that I did actually cry and the song still makes me cry. It actually gives me chills and echoes through my body as a kind of truth that I have known all along but haven’t been able to put into words as eloquently as I heard it on that day. The song didn’t make its way into mainstream audiences until probably six months later, which always makes me wonder how her and her friend’s came upon it, but I’m not sad she did.

If you haven’t heard it, I strongly suggest you click on the link and prepare yourself to cry! I’m also including the lyrics (from azlyrics) because they are just too brilliant not to write down and offer to the world. I was going to highlight my favorite parts, but I started to and realized I was basically going to bold the entire thing, so I’ll let it stand as is.

I’m of the opinion that Love is all we need and we should be more accepting and loving of everyone, not just when it’s comfortable for us, but all the time. We definitely need more love in the world.

The song is Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert.

“Same Love”
(with Ryan Lewis)
(feat. Mary Lambert)

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, trippin’.”
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
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

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 ’til 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
‘Til 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… sex

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
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

Love is patient
Love is kind
Love is patient
Love is kind
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
Love is kind


This post is part of Love Is In Da Blog hosted by Bee where her prompt today was The Rainbow of Love.
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