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Where Is The Love


									By: The Black Eyed Peas
          What’s wrong with the world, mama
       People livin' like they ain't got no mamas
    I think the whole world addicted to the drama
   Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma
        Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
          But we still got terrorists here livin'
                 In the USA, the big CIA
         The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK
      But if you only have love for your own race
       Then you only leave space to discriminate
        And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you're bound to get irate, yeah
           Madness is what you demonstrate
  And that's exactly how anger works and operates
    Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
        Take control of your mind and meditate
     Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all
       People killin', people dyin'
 Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
   Can you practice what you preach
  And would you turn the other cheek

      Father, Father, Father help us
    Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
         Where is the love (Love)

      Where is the love (The love)
      Where is the love (The love)
          Where is the love
          The love, the love
         It just ain't the same, always unchanged
        New days are strange, is the world insane
               If love and peace is so strong
      Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
                   Nations droppin' bombs
        Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones
      With ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young
          So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone
     So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong
  In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin'
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
       Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
      A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover
    The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
   If you never know truth then you never know love
      Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
     Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
                    Where's the love, y'all
       People killin', people dyin'
 Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
   Can you practice what you preach
  And would you turn the other cheek

      Father, Father, Father help us
    Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
         Where is the love (Love)

     Where is the love (The love)
     Where is the love (The love)
     Where is the love (The love)
     Where is the love (The love)
  Where is the love, the love, the love?
     I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
      As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder
        Most of us only care about money makin'
   Selfishness got us followin' our wrong direction
   Wrong information always shown by the media
           Negative images is the main criteria
    Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
   Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
  Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
    Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead of spreading love we're spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
 That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
  That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
 There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under
        Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found
                     Now ask yourself
             Where is   the   love?
             Where is   the   love?
             Where is   the   love?
             Where is   the   love?

        Father, Father, Father help us
      Send some guidance from above
  'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
             Where is the love?

              Sing wit me y'all:
     One world, one world (We only got)
   One world, one world (That's all we got)
            One world, one world
    And something's wrong wit it (Yeah)
      Something's wrong wit it (Yeah)
Something's wrong wit the wo-wo-world, yeah
                 We only got
           (One world, one world)
              That's all we got
           (One world, one world)
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The Black Eyed Peas are the best selling hip hop group
today. They have toured more countries than any other
artist. This shows their worldwide appeal. The group is
composed of Will.I.Am, Apl. De. Ap, Taboo, and Fergie. The
group exploded onto the scene in 2003 with their smash
album, Elephunk. Their first worldwide hit, “Where Is The
Love?”, topped over ten charts all over the world. The Black
Eyed Peas date back to 1988 when Will.IAm and Apl.De.Ap
began performing around the Los Angeles area. They were
signed to Eazy-E’s record label, Ruthless Records, as the
Atban Klann. After Eazy-E’s death they evolved and
changed their name to The Black Eyed Pods and then
eventually to The Black Eyed Peas. They then signed to
Interscope Records but didn’t gain mainstream attention
until Fergie, a dynamic female vocalist, joined the group.
From then on the platinum albums and Grammy awards
kept on coming (Dipdive).

This refers to corruption of the Center Intelligence Agency
(CIA), which is a part of the United States government. CIA
corruption includes warrantless spying on U.S. citizen and
covering up drug trading for their own profit. The CIA was
tapping into unsuspecting citizens’ phones and listening to
their private conversations. There has been a history of
corruption from the CIA including the disinformation about
the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. While the CIA
does some good they also do some wrong. The Black Eyed
Peas reference this (Stich).

The Bloods are a street gang in Los Angeles, California. The
Black Eyed Peas refer to the Bloods branching out across the
U.S. The Bloods have had violent encounters with many
different gangs including the Crips. They are identified by
their red color and worn by their members. They are also
identified by their distinct gang symbols which consists of
hand signs. Blood members have also been found in the U.S.
military. The Bloods have been apart of organized crime
which includes robberies, murders, and drug trafficking. The
Black Eyed Peas wanted to give more recognition to the
wrong which has been occurring for over three decades

The Crips originated in Los Angeles, California in the late 1960s. They
are one of the largest, oldest, and most infamous street gangs the Los
Angeles area. Like the Bloods, the Crips are involved in gang activity
like murders, drug dealing, and extortion. They rival the Bloods and
have been in gang warfare for many decades. If the Crips ever become
more structured, they could become a more serious problem in
disturbing the peace. The Black Eyed Peas are trying to get the
message out to stop gang violence before a lot of innocent civilians get
killed (Lewis).

The KKK, Ku Klux Klan, are a racist, anti-Semetic group that uses
violence to reach their goals of racial segregation. They also believe
in white supremacy. They first emerged after the Civil War and were
only against African Americans and people who helped them. Later
their anger and violence grew to minority groups as well as Jews. The
Black Eyed Peas talk about trying to extinguish this type of racist
violence that still lives in the United States today. If less people lived
in fear, then there would be less tension between different races. The
KKK now has over 5,000 members all throughout the U.S. They are
strongest in the southern states (ADL).

Discrimination is still around today even though laws and bills
have been passed to ensure equality throughout the United
States. Some would say that discrimination is more blatant in
the world that we live in. People discriminated against have
either just accepted the fact that they are going to be treated
unfairly or others simply demand respect. Discrimination goes
back to when the first men ever walked the earth. Somebody
discriminated against another for certain “handicap” and that’s
how it all began. Discrimination can only fully be extinguished
parents decide to teach their children at an early age about
equality (Constantin).

These lyrics are talking about children imitating the behavior that they
see in the movies. More specifically, they are imitating violence. This
may make them more aggressive and put others in danger. If they see
Brad Pitt or George Clooney doing something violent, then they might
think its “cool” to copy those actions. This is much like how our pop
culture makes smoking look “cool.” Now advertisements are made to
counteract that. In the future, if this behavior gets out of hand,
advertisements may have to be made to prohibit these types of acts

This is an a a a a rhyme scheme. It is very simple but it
gets the message across. Usually, in hip hop music, you
will see this type of rhyme scheme. This only has one
rhyme scheme operating through most of the whole song
except the chorus.

This flashback takes the listener back to 9/11 and the horrible
attacks that occurred on United States soil. This attack was
from terrorists from foreign soil. Terrorists hijacked commercial
airplanes and flew them into government buildings like the Twin
Tours and Pentagon. These lyrics talk about trying to halt these
type of attacks and protecting the nation.

“The Love” is repeated to emphasize a point. Basically
this is stating that there is enough violence throughout the
world and we need to counteract it with love and peace.
To get their point across, the Black Eyed Peas repeat this
phrase. It also makes a catchy chorus for the listener to
sing-a-long with.

These lyrics have a timeless and universal theme. It makes the
listener feel shameful that people cannot set aside their
differences for a peaceful life. Wars and violence have been
going on since the beginning of time and they happen
everywhere. That makes this statement recognizable to all
races, ages, and religions.

The Black Eyed peas have a serious tone throughout the song.
They do convey sad and hopeful emotion through parts of the
song. It is meant to persuade the listener to change the world
even if it only makes a small impact. The chorus gives a cry for
help to reestablish a better world. Overall the song is to make you
think about what is happening around you.


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