Where is the love?

Not too long ago, in the summer of 2003 in the U.S., a group calling itself “Black Eyed Peas” released a single entitled “Where Is The Love.” It would be the group’s breakthrough single– and it proved to be one of its biggest hits ever!

The song is about love and responsibility in achieving peace– love for our fellowmen and responsibility for our actions. What is very remarkable about the song are the lyrics. In the chorus, we can find the words “Would you turn the other cheek?” referring, of course, to the New Testament’s “Sermon On The Mount” by Jesus Christ. The reference to the bible verses can be found in Matthew 5:38-42 (as well as in Luke 6:27-31). In Matthew’s version, it says: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” [NIV]

The song is very timely, now as it was then. Its message is universal, not just for the U.S., but for every nation! The world needs peace, if not for us, for our children.

Whenever I hear this song, I cannot help but move my head to its beat– to the sides, to the front, to the back, up and down. But mostly, I’m just nodding my head in acknowledgment of the trueness of the song’s message. This has got to be one of the best-written anti-war songs ever, hip-hop or not! Its social realism is dead-on!

I don’t want to be clueless and searching for answers when “people got me, got me questioning: Where is the love?” I can’t be answering “I don’t know” to this question every time. Because I know that deep in my heart lies the answer also: Love. And it has to start with me.

Where Is The Love?

by the Black Eyed Peas

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

Madness is what you demonstrate

And that’s exactly how anger works and operates

Man, 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 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 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 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)

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’ our wrong direction

Wrong information always shown by the media

Negative images is the main criteria

Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria

Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema

Yo’, whatever happened to the values of humanity

Whatever happened to the fairness in equality

Instead of spreading love we’re 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

Now ask yourself

Where is the love?

Where is the love?

Where is the love?

Where is the love?

Father, Father, Father help us

Send some guidance from above

‘Cause people got me, got me questionin’

Where is the love?

Sing wit me y’all:

One world, one world (We only got)

One world, one world (That’s all we got)

One world, one world

And something’s wrong wit it (Yeah)

Something’s wrong wit it (Yeah)

Something’s wrong wit the wo-wo-world, yeah

We only got

(One world, one world)

That’s all we got

(One world, one world)

lyrics credit: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/b/blackeyedpeaslyrics/whereisthelovelyrics.html

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