Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

No law is gonna change us, we have to change us.

Same Love is a song by the American hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and part of the their 2012 album The Heist. The song talks about love, homosexuality and acceptance, and was recorded during the Washington Referendum 74 campaign, which upon approval came to legalize same-sex marriage in the state of Washington.

The song reached the 1st place in Australia and New Zealand, and was placed in 11th on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. Additionally, in was nominated for Song of the Year at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

In an interview, Macklemore stated that Same Love was originated from his discontent regarding the too common existing homophobia and misogyny in hip-hop. According to him: “Those are the two acceptable means of oppression in hip-hop culture […] It’s 2012. There needs to be some accountability. I think that as a society we’re evolving and I think that hip-hop has always been a representation of what’s going on in the world right now.”

The lyrics tackle various issues faced by homosexual individuals. For instance, it criticizes the pervasive conservatism that stigmatises homosexuality and that sees it as a ‘decision’ as something that can be cured and treated – “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”. Furthermore, it mentions the feelings of despair that homosexual individuals, including children, endure as a consequence of the public judgment and bullying they suffer due to their sexual orientation – “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”.

Notwithstanding its success, Same Love triggered some controversy. As an example, an arts teacher, in Michigan, was suspended after playing the song in class due to its lyrics about homosexuality. This incident just reinforced the need for more songs like this one. Same-sex marriage has recently been legalized throughout the all country but legislation by itself is not enough to change mentalities and end discrimination. The fight for equality has to be resonant and fearless and has to make use of all means possible, including music. Same Love is must listen whether you are a fan of hip-hop or not, and definitely a great attempt to promote gay rights through music.

Lyrics:

When I was in the 3rd 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?

A bunch of stereotypes all in my head

I remember doing the math, like

“Yeah, I’m good at little league”

A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant

For those that like 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 pre-disposition, playing God

Ahh, 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’ve become so numb to what we’re saying

Our 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 in 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

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 a veil over our eyes, we turn our back on the cause

‘Til the day that my uncles can be united by law

Kids are walking around 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’s 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

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 (not crying on Sundays)

Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)

Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)

Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)

Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)

Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)

Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)

Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)

Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)

Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)

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Silvie Vale

Passionate about LGBT issues and human rights, Silvie Vale has recently graduated in Development and International Relations from Aalborg University, Denmark. She is specialized in Global Gender Studies and is particularly interested in creating awareness about matters of social justice. She loves travelling, researching and learning new things.
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