Today’s Quote #MLK50th

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., on the 50 year anniversary of his assassination, I am reposting a song by the Black Eyed Peas that I feel we all need right about now, especially with the leadership of the U.S. spewing so much hate, vile, ignorance, and intolerance towards multiple groups of people.

“The thing that we need in the world today is a group of men and women who will stand up for right and to be opposed to wrong, wherever it is.  A group of people who have come to see that some things are wrong, whether they’re never caught up with.  And some things are right, whether nobody sees you doing them or not.”  ~Martin Luther King, Jr., 15 January 1929 – 4 April 1968

Black Eyed Peas – One Tribe

Here are the lyrics should you rather not listen to the song:

Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh!
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh!
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-ooh!
Oh-whoa-oh!

One Tri…
One Tri…
One Tribe, one time, one planet, one race
It’s all one blood, don’t care about your face
The color of your eye or the tone of your skin
Don’t care where ya are, don’t care where ya been
‘Cause where we gonna go, is where we wanna be
The place where the native language is Unity
And the continent is called Pangaea
And the main ideas are connected like a sphere
No propaganda,
They tried to upper hand us
‘Cause man I’m loving this… peace
Man, man, I’m loving this… peace
Man, man, I’m loving this… peace
I don’t need no leader
That’s gonna force-feed a
Concept that make me think I need ta
Fear my brother and fear my sister
And shoot my neighbor with my big missile
If I had an enemy… (enemy)
If I had an enemy… (enemy)
If I had an enemy, then my enemy is gonna try to come and kill me
‘Cause I’m his enemy
There’s one tribe y’all

One tribe y’all
One tribe y’all
One tribe y’all
We are one people
Let’s cast amnesia
Forget about all that evil
Forget about all that evil
That evil that they feed ya
Let’s cast amnesia
Forget about all that evil
That evil that they feed ya
Remember that we’re one people
We are one people

One… one… one people (One People)
One… one… one people (One People)
One… one… one people (One People)

One tribe, one tribe
One tribe, one time, one planet, one (race)
Race, one love, one people, one (and)
Too many things that’s causing one (to)
To forget about the main cause
Connecting, uniting
But the evil is seen and alive in us
So our weapons are colliding
And our peace is sinking like Poseidon
But, we know that the one (one)
The evil one is threatened by the sum (sum)
So he’ll come and try and separate the sum
But he dumb, he didn’t know we had a way to overcome
Rejuvenated by the beating of the drum
Come together by the cycle of the hum
Freedom when all become one (one)
Forever

One tribe y’all
One tribe y’all
One tribe y’all
We are one people
Let’s cast amnesia
Forget about all that evil (evil)
Forget about all that evil (evil)
That evil that they feed ya
Let’s cast amnesia
Forget about all that evil (evil)
That evil, that they feed ya (feed ya)
Remember that we’re one people
We are one people

One… one… one people (One People)
One… one… one people (One People)
One… one… one people (One People)

One love, one blood, one people
One heart, one beat, we equal
Connected like the internet
United that’s how we do
Let’s break walls, so we see through
Let love and peace lead you
We could overcome the complication ’cause we need to
Help each other, make these changes
Brother, sister, rearrange this
The way I’m thinking that we can change this bad condition
Wait… use you mind and not your greed
Let’s connect and then proceed
This is something I believe
We are one, we’re all just people

One tribe y’all
One tribe y’all
One tribe y’all
We are one people
Let’s cast amnesia
Forget about all that evil
Forget about all that evil
That evil that they feed ya (huh)
Let’s cast amnesia
Let’s cast amnesia
Forget about all that evil
That evil, that they feed ya (huh, huh)
We’re one tribe y’all
We-we-we’re one tribe y’all

One… one… one people (One People)
One… one… one people (One People)
One… one… one people (One People)
One p… one p… one people (One People)
One p… one p… one people (One People)
One p… one p… one people (One People)

Let’s-let’s cast amnesia
Lord help me out
Trying to figure out what it’s all about (what it’s all about)
‘Cause we’re one and the same (one and the same)
Same joy, same pain
And I hope that you’re there when I need ya
Cause maybe we need amnesia
And I don’t wanna sound like a preacher
But we need to… be one

One world, one love, one passion
One tribe, one understanding
‘Cause you and me can become one

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Today’s Song

Yet another beautiful person gone too soon.  I have fond memories of listening to much of Chris Cornell’s acoustical work while having my lower leg piece done on my right leg…during each 4-5 hr session (4 total sessions), my tattoo artist played Cornell’s music and it just went along so well with that time, what I was thinking and feeling, what I had been through up to that point.  RIP Chris.

Soundgarden – “Rusty Cage”

Songs for Today

There are so many songs that swirl around in my head and emotions I feel when I think about my drinking days and my path to sobriety.  Here are a handful that stand out; most revolve around the prison that is alcohol and/or drug use, and the path to recovery.  Others simply take me back to old memories during that time of my life.  However, there is to this day some music I have a hard time listening to because I would play it so much while drinking, and I feel triggered by it.  Those songs/that music have not been included here.  This is also far from a thorough list of music about addiction and recovery – these are songs that have spoken to me over the years and I feel that I relate to.

Tracy Chapman – “Fast Car”

Eminem – “Going Through Changes” (explicit lyrics)

Velvet Revolver – “Fall To Pieces”

Marilyn Manson – “Coma White”

P!nk – “Sober” (Live)

Johnny Cash – “Hurt”

Dixie Chicks & Stevie Nicks – “Landslide” (live at Divas 2002)

Elle King – “Kocaine Karolina”

Lukas Graham – “7 Years”

Old Dominion – “Nowhere Fast”

Snow Patrol – “Chasing Cars”

The Fray – “How to Save a Life”

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Scar Tissue”

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under The Bridge”

Third Eye Blind – “God of Wine”

Staind – “It’s Been Awhile”

Shinedown – “Save Me”

Hootie and the Blowfish – “Let Her Cry”

Metallica – “Bleeding Me”

Music

So, in case you didn’t notice, I like to add songs that correlate (to me) with what I’m writing about at the time.  I do this because I believe music can be very powerful and can help convey feelings and emotions that are sometimes difficult to put into words.  Music has always been a very important part of my life and continues to be to this day.  I hope you enjoy the selections I link to.