Lyrics for peace: part 2

Lyrics for peace: part 2

 

We are the word for Haiti (2010)

We are the World was a charity single launched in 1985 in order to raise money for humanitarian aid in Africa. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and then, sung by different international stars. In 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti and in order to do the same, another all-star cast of singers recorded a remake. The meaning of the song is very clear: we are the world. The values of humanity, unity, and solidarity are present in every verse. The message focuses on we have to stay together to build the future, a future based on peace. Here, it is important to remind us that no one is alone in this world; you will always find someone who supports you.

 ‘’When you’re down and out, there seems no hope at all
But if you just believe there’s no way we can fall
Well, well, well, well let us realize
Oh, that a change can only come
When we stand together as one, yeah, yeah, yeah…’’

‘’We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let’s start giving..’’

 

Marta Gómez – Para la guerranada (2014)

 

‘’Para la guerra nada’’, in English ‘’For the war, nothing’’, was a song released in 2014 by a well-known Colombian songwriter called Marta Gómez. According to the artist, she wrote this song thinking about the creations that people invent in order to make life happier. She believes in one world where people only dream and grasp positive things, without giving any minute to war. The song has different musical phrases regard to a nice and peaceful environment but each phrase ends with the same idea: war is the greatest damage that we can do. It is possible that the absence of war does not mean there is peace, but definitely, war is not the way to follow.

 ‘’For the wind a kite

for the canvas a brush.’’

 ‘’To love our planet clean air for you here I am

for the war nothing,

for the war nothing”

 

Sona Jobarteh – Gambia (2015)

 

Sona Jobarteh is a vocalist and composer from the UK and Gambia who strongly identifies herself with the latter. In 2015, Sona wrote this song in order to commemorate the 50 years of the Independence of Gambia. As its name indicates, the song regards the artist homeland. It shows a group of people proud of where they belong to, putting emphasis on the beauty and peaceful mind of the country and its people. Even though the focus is on one country, we can pay attention to the values that the song mentions, such as peace, unity, and development. Sometimes, it is interesting to think about how can be satisfied with our roots and at the same time, learn from the differences of others.

 ‘’Built-in peace and stability,

hosted by development and progress,

Humanity

and happiness is on all faces,

our outstanding country Gambia.’’

‘’We are proud…

Let us come together and unite

We are proud…

This is what will result in progress.’’

 

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Once A Day (2016)

 

Michael Franti is an American artist recognized by using its music as a vehicle for positive change but also, he has lots of projects related to peace and justice and especially, advocating for peace in the Middle East. ‘’Once a day’’ was written in 2016 and it was expanded very fast among the countries. According to the singer, from a negative personal experience, he and his family learned how to support each other in challenging moments. The lyrics transformed from a hopeful message into actual daily practice of gratitude and celebration of life throughout social communities. The positivity reflected in the song and the video tries to connect people in order to stay together and to deal with all that life brings us.

‘’So don’t you worry about  what people say
Raise your head up and be on your way
And it don’t matter if you fall today
Just get up, get up, get up, get up.’’

 ‘’Everybody oughta hug somebody, at least once a day

And everybody oughta kiss somebody, at least once a day…’’

 ‘’Spread your wings and fly
Peace in the Middle East, y’all…’

In conclusion, the importance of the songs’ messages is something almost undeniable in every part of the world. In these two articles, we tackled different songs from different genres and different periods of time seeing that in every place, in every moment, there are people with the same goal: giving peaceful messages to make this world nicer and why not, more melodic.

 

Carla Sala


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