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Where is the Love?

Posted 21 November 2003, 11.41 am by Green Mamba

[This was destined to be the opening post for Roadkill v365.2, but since circumstances cast my site into limbo, here goes…]

What's wrong with the world, mama
People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods 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 when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah
Badness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Nigga, 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, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send us some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

It just ain't the same, always unchanged
New days are strange, is the world insane
If love and peace is so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
Nations droppin' bombs
Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones
With the ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone
So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong
In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin'
in
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover
The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the love, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send us some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin'
Selfishness got us followin' in the wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids act like what they see in the cinema
Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead in spreading love we spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send us some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)…

[Justin Timberlake & Black Eyed Peas - Where is the Love?]


So why the hell would I submit an article that involves someone like Justin Timberlake. Don’t get me wrong, I have no personal gripe with Mr Timberlake or his partners in rhyme, Black Eyed Peas, but when it comes to the more popular hum-didi-daa crap that passes for music these days, I tend to cross my fingers followed by a robust, “Get beeehind me Satan!”.
I don’t blame the artists either, because they are merely products of a society who’s values have fallen to the wayside. The music of our time reflects the mindset of the population at large, so there is nothing surprising in the sad reality that the International Top 40 contains countless one liners. Back to “Where is the Love?”. When I first heard the song I didn’t know who the hell these guys were (because like I said, I’m not a fan), but the words struck home like a bad-ass-mother-fucker with a Louisville Slugger in his hands and a serious inclination to do some bodily harm in mind. After that every time I heard the song I tried to listen more carefully to the DJ afterwards, but every time I missed it. Then last weekend it came over the radio while I was at home and the wife promptly informed me that it was by Justin Timberlake and I said, “Fuck no?” and she said “Seriously” and I said “You’re shitting me?” and she said “Nope” and then the song was over and the DJ announced (clearly for a change) “Where is the Love by Black Eyed Peas and Justin Timberlake” and I sat there with my jaw near the floor for at least a minute.
That prompted a quick search at Google and there she was, two pages (two whole fucking pages) of lyrics (meaningful lyrics) in a world ruled by hundreds of nothing-more-than-one-liner-advertising-jingles-with-hyped-up-beats.
Still, the chances that I would ever buy anything involving Justin Timberlake is slimmer than an anorexic Ethiopian, but teaming up with Black Eyed Peas and using his fame to ask the world a meaningful question for a change, pushed him up a few notches in my little notebook of “How to fix a broken world?” Now if only people would start listening to the words instead of swaying mindlessly to the rhythm of the latest advertisement for spending-your-money-on-meaningless-shit-under-the-pretense-that-you-actually-need-it, maybe (just maybe) there is still some hope for the future of mankind.

zimbabe
on 17 February 2004, 12.55 pm
I hate you


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Props to Green Mamba for bringing the weirdness

Hmph

80s candy bars were pretty good

only because i traded it for a candy bar in the 80's.

lol we all know you don't have a soul ghoti

my soul for some carbs...

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