Wilco Release ‘All Lives, You Say?’ to Benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center
In response to the demonstrations by white nationalists over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va., Wilco have recorded a new song, "All Lives, You Say." They've pledged all proceeds from sales of the song to the Southern Poverty Law Center in the memory of Robert L. Tweedy, the father of Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.
"My dad was named after a Civil War general, and he voted for Barack Obama twice," Tweedy said in a statement. "He used to say 'If you know better, you can do better.' America - we know better. We can do better."
Musically, it's an acoustic shuffle and a throwback to their early days as an alt-country band -- think "Far Far Away" from Being There. It's a response to those who deride the Black Lives Matter movement by saying, "All Lives Matter," with lyrics like “I can see you are afraid / Your skin, so thin, your heart has escaped / All lives, all lives, you say?” You can stream it below, and you can download it at their Bandcamp page for the minimum donation of $1.
The Southern Poverty Law Center was formed in 1971 to fight institutionalized racism, and has since incorporated protecting the rights of children, women, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and other marginalized groups into their mission. They track the actions of known hate groups and extremists and offer programs to teach diversity and tolerance. You can learn more about them at their website.
Listen to Wilco's "All Lives, You Say"
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