Song of the Day #2,015: ‘Same Love’ – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

macklemore_ryan_lewisGuest blogger Dana continues…

Dana’s Best Songs of 2013
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Same Love’

Here’s another song from an album I don’t own, but I can’t imagine not putting this song on a best of list. I was first exposed to the song through a live performance on the Colbert Report and I was completely blown away. I had liked some of the other hits by Macklemore from the radio, but this one was a cut above. Obviously, the social import of the song helps tremendously.

I am curious if this song merited consideration on your list and, if so, why it didn’t make the cut.

[Piano Intro]

[Verse 1: Macklemore]
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

[Hook: Mary Lambert]
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 [x4]

[Verse 2: Macklemore]
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

[Trombone Interlude]
I don’t know


[Verse 3: Macklemore]
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!


[Outro: Mary Lambert]
Love is patient, love is kind
Love is patient (not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,015: ‘Same Love’ – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

  1. Dana says:

    I hadn’t seen this video before. Very moving.

  2. Amy says:

    I hadn’t seen the video before, either, despite having heard the song about 1,652 times on the radio! Love the video and it actually gave me a chance to hear the song with fresh ears if that makes any sense. I, too, love this song for its social significance, as well as the way its message is expressed.

  3. Clay says:

    This is actually the first time I’ve heard this song, though I have heard a good deal about it over the year.

    I might have included this on my year-end list for the sentiment alone. It’s long overdue and effectively conveyed. I’m not all that impressed with the music or the rapping, though. I mean, it’s fine, but not the sort of rap that captures my interest.

    But I love the lyrics (and the video).

  4. Andrea Katz says:

    Practically an anthem in our car!

  5. pegclifton says:

    I agree the lyrics and the video are very special.

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