Songs Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and written about Barack Obama
Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day and in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his plight for civil rights, the nation closed down schools, banks, and all government offices to take a day and reflect. Yesterday was also the Presidential Inauguration of the second term for President Barack Obama. The day could not have been scheduled more fittingly. It was a heated day filled with pride, passions, anger, frustration, relief, and every other emotion on the scale in reaction to the Inauguration; good politics should have no less effect. As such, here is a list of songs inspired by both men and written for them in some cases.
Songs written to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and inspired by his journey include U2's 1984 hit Pride (In The Name Of Love). The lyric that is written to Martin Luther King Jr. is "Early morning, April 4/Shot rings out in the Memphis sky/Free at last, they took your life/They could not take your pride." By The Time I Get To Arizona by Public Enemy was also written to honor Martin Luther King Jr. The song was written in response to John McCain and Fife Symington for rejecting the federal holiday. In 1991 the message to honor Martin Luther King Jr. could not have been more clear. In 1981 Stevie Wonder wrote Happy Birthday as a part of the campaign at the time to make Martin Luther King Jr. day a federal holiday and wrote the following lyric to honor him: "I just never understood, how a man who died for good/could not have a day that would be set aside for his recognition." In 2006 Bruce Springsteen wrote We Shall Overcome. It is an ode to most oppression but it's title "We Shall Overcome" is a clear ode to Martin Luther King Jr. These are just some examples of the great ways that Martin Luther King Jr. has influenced music and entertainment.
President Obama has his own share of songs written about him including Young Jeezy featuring Nas, My President. The lyrics "Tell him I'm doin' fine, Obama for mankind / We ready for damn change so y'all let the man shine" were written specifically about Obama taking on the Presidency. Mariah Carey sang Bring it On Home, saying "So when you're down and frustrated let em all keep debating because we gonna win". Jay-Z wrote Jockin' Jay-Z, saying "I rock with Obama, but I aint no politician". Common wrote the song Changes, saying "What is change?/ Change is Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi Shakespeare, Tupac Shakur, Barack Obama".The list of artists who have written to, for and about the President is significant. The beauty of music is its powerful impact on the media.
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