Same Love (702/703/704)

Same Love

Keion Carr, Viola
Tamya James, Violin & Vocals
Leah Petillo, Violin
Jonathan Rubio, Viola
Michelle Sanassi, Violin & Vocals

Artist Statement
    Same Love was written during the campaign for same-gender marriage in Washington state in 2012, and became the anthem for the fight for same-gender marriage nationwide. Same Love raises awareness by advocating for same-gender marriage in the United States. It does this by the lyrics rapped by Maklemore. For example, these lyrics from verse 2, “A culture founded from oppression yet we don’t have acceptance for ‘em. Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board.”
    These lyrics represent the treatment of LGBT citizens in the United States. What we would do about the treatment of LGBT (and what we want people to do about the treatment of LGBT people) is treat them like… people. There’s really no other way to say it.

    What my group did to complete Same Love was

  • First, we proof-read the lyrics to get an understanding and we listened to the song

  • Then we played the intro

  • Third, we played verses 1 and 2

  • Fourth, we played through the chorus

  • Lastly, we put it all together and played as a group


By Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Mary Lambert)

Verse 1
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." 

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 
The right wing conservatives think it's a decision 
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion 
Man-made rewiring of a predisposition 

Playing God, aw nah here we go 
America the brave still fears what we don't know 
And "God loves all his children" is somehow forgotten 
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago

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

Verse 2
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
When I was at church they taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service those words aren't anointed
That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned

When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same, but that's not important
No freedom 'til we're equal, damn right I support it