The Song Analysis Of 'Where Is The Love'

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All music has multiple functions. While music can preserve artistic value, it can also simultaneously tell a story, bring people together, historicize, heal, and rejuvenate. Most importantly, however, it sends a strong message and stimulates strong emotions to the listener. The song, “Where is the Love” by The Black Eyed Peas, performs all of these functions. The song symbolizes the sociological conflict theory. The lyrics send a strong message and address the existing issues concerning many institutes, inequality, and social arrangements. The content in the song characterizes several flaws in global institutions. One particular verse says, “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.” This verse, specifically, is very interesting. “Where is the Love” was released in 2003; post 9/11. The events that occurred on 9/11 were very gruesome for the United States. The lyrics emphasises the evil that is terrorism, and how the U.S is sending troops overseas to stop the terrorism in other countries even though there are still terrorists that still reside in the U.S. Not only that, but the lyrics suggest that there are terrorists that are members in the CIA, Bloods, Crips, and KKK. That line of the song calls out the faults in the government and its branches of systems and institutions. This stanza especially highlights the similarities of violence that is associated with all of those
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