What Will A Man Do For His Daughter When It's Her Turn To Face The Evils Of The World?

When you can't talk about it anymore, sing about it.

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When I was growing up, we were taught that everything and everyone is equal. But now? It's becoming clear that our kids are growing up in a world that doesn't treat them fairly.

This song is about the idea of raising your kids in this violent and unjust world. This video highlights the experiences of two people: one a mother, Marissa Alexander, and one a child, Trayvon Martin. Both lives were dramatically affected by the violence and injustice that still prevails today.


The song, "The Body Electric," by Hurray for the Riff Raff, just won the award for Political Folk Song of the Year.

Its message is so beyond political. It's about justice. And how everyone deserves it.

Ever wonder what the story is behind a song? Well, in addition to the super-moving acoustic guitars and violins and vocals, this video answers the "behind the music" question.

So what *is* this song about?

Violence.

Injustice.


A system that doesn't work.

It didn't work for Marissa Alexander...

This song is about people in her position.

Or anyone facing unjust violence.

It's about anyone who wants injustice to stop.

It's also about how injustice like the killing of Trayvon Martin is not that different from Marissa's experience.


The song ends on a scary note.

What will happen when the injustice of the world is passed on to our children? To our daughters?


If we don't DO SOMETHING...

The song will just repeat.

So Hurray for the Riff Raff did something. They wrote a song about it. Just to make more people notice.

Tell someone you love about this song. There's power in noticing. There's power in hearing. There's power in music.

Yep. This song really did deserve an award.

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