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Song Analysis; Same Love - Macklemore

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Jasleen Bassi

on 11 June 2014

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Transcript of Song Analysis; Same Love - Macklemore

“If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately?"Man, that's gay" gets dropped on the daily
We become so numb to what we're saying
A culture founded from oppression
Yet we don't have acceptance for 'em
Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser
It's the same hate that's caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins
It's human rights for everybody, there is no difference!Live on and be yourself”

Chorus
Global issues being addressed in this song
- Discrimination against gays
- Homophobia
- Inequality

Same Love - Macklemore
Song Analysis; Same Love - Macklemore
Macklemore was driven by the issue of marriage equality and the use of ‘gay’ as a derogative term in the hip-hop industry, and society.
He wanted to make an impact on his fellow musicians, rappers and hip-hop artists and express his concerns for the use of words such as ‘faggot’ and ‘that’s gay’ as just another lyric.
Analysis
- From a child, its as if he was taught through society that it was a bad thing
- So many stereotypes are placed about gay people and how they are different, when really that isn't the case

And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm

When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay,
'Cause I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight.
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She's like "Ben you've loved girls since before pre-k, trippin' "
Yeah, I guess she had a point, didn't she?
Bunch of stereotypes all in my head.
I remember doing the math like, "Yeah, I'm good at little league"
A preconceived idea of what it all meant
For those that liked the same sex
Had the characteristics
We press play, don't press pause
Progress, march on!
With a veil over our eyes, we turn our back on the cause
'Til the day that my uncles can be united by law
Kids are walking around the hallway
Plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful
Some would rather die
Than be who they are
And a certificate on paper
Isn't gonna solve it all
But it's a damn good place to start
No law's gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever god you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear, underneath, it's all the same love
About time that we raised up!
Analysis
-because modern hip hop frowns upon gay people so they use homophobic slurs such as "faggot, fag, homo"
-we use the term "gay" so absent mindedly on a regular basis it has become part of our vocabulary
-because it is thrown around in the media so much it has become a derogatory term
- He wants equality for all
- Expresses that discrimination against anyone is wrong, as we are all humans living in the same world

Analysis
-people tend to ignore gay issues and 'turn their back' towards it, doing nothing is just as bad as being anti-gay
-he is also saying legalizing gay marriage is not going to fix this, the people have to change within themselves and accept gay people
-it is about time that somebody speaks up for gay people
Some religious conservatives hold the view that homosexuality is a decision.

- They think you can be cured with treatment and religion, as if it is a disease or a curse
- “America the brave” is a phrase inspired by The U.S national anthem
Ironically, their culture is still afraid of homosexuality and is seemingly afraid of change and progression.
- 'God loves All his children'

Goes again into the fact that being homosexual is not a choice and they cannot change something that is unchangeable.
She goes into the fact that her partner gives her love like any other couple.
Same Love= Love is love no matter who is giving it and who is receiving it.
Thank You.
Macklemore
Real name is Ben Haggery
Born June 19, 1983 in Seattle, Washington
Career began in 2000 but really became popular in 2012 with release of "The Heist"
"Thrift Shop" reached number 1 on on the U.S Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 2003
Becoming first song since 1994 to reach number 1 without support of major record label
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