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BEP “Where Is The Love?” Remake Is The Cry For Help We All Need To Hear

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The Black Eyed Peas hit song, “Where Is The Love?” released back in 2003 through their album, Elephunk, was remade by the group this year and it’s lyrics is more timely as ever.

The powerful music video opened with Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year old boy who washed up on a beach in Turkey after drowning because he and his family, like many others, chose to escape their terror ravaged country. This image hits you and already, you are reminded of how far the world has gone from compassion, humanity and love that young innocent lives have to perish.

Throughout the video, more images of those affected by hate appear, such the image of Omran Daqneesh, the 5-year old boy sitting in an ambulance, covered in dust and caked with his own blood, after being rescued from the rubble of his own home after a bomb hit their village in Allepo. Images of violence against African-Americans in the US and war-ridden countries like Pakistan were also flashed to show us that hate has become so wide-spread that indeed, it will make you think… where is the love?

“Whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality
Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity”

Sadly, Filipinos like you and me are not exempt from the hate that is now rapidly spreading in our country, where the war on drugs by the new administration have claimed more that 2,500 lives (and rising) from unlawful killings. One of the latest victims is a 5-year old girl named Danica May Garcia, who was shot in the head in a cross fire by unknown vigilantes reported to have been pursuing a suspected drug dealer.

Many celebrities joined BEP in the video to show their support, such as Usher, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Kendall Jenner, Shailene Woodley, Jamie Fox, Sean Combs, and many more.

In my mind, the question is simple: Will you be on the side of hate, or on the side of love? This is no time to be neutral. You have to choose a side. Choose love. For our children’s sake, please choose LOVE.

“Where Is The Love?”

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 HATE 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?
Or 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, old ways have changed
New days are strange, is the world insane?
If love and peace are 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?
Or 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)?
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’ the 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 and equality
Instead of spreading love we’re spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading us 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 ’til 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 with 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 with it (Yeah)
Something’s wrong with it (Yeah)
Something’s wrong with the wo-wo-world, yeah
We only got
(One world, one world)
That’s all we got
(One world, one world)

Lyrics from azlyrics.com

Photo: scoopnest.com

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