Rise Above Proposition 8

14 November 2008

If someone vandalized your home or your church for political reasons, would that make you support their cause?  I don’t think so.

While I’m disappointed that Proposition 8 in California passed, I’m even more disturbed by the angry backlash – such as church vandalism – it has caused.  The fact is, Prop 8 had more votes of support than votes against.  Whatever cause you’re fighting for, it takes building a large group of supporters in order to tip the scales.  I feel that an angry backlash creates more enemies than friends.

The reason I wrote ‘Rise Above’ in 2004 was because of the anger and division that I saw building over the marriage debate.  I truly feel that those against marriage equality simply don’t know of any friends, coworkers, or family affected by it.  They don’t understand why it’s important.

Tomorrow morning there is a nationwide rally against Prop 8 and if you’re planning on attending, please take the time to read the lyrics below and watch the ‘Rise Above’ music video again.  The message is so important and I think that building support – from all walks of life – is the best way to make change.

Take care,

James Roy

Video links:
[original mix]
[Freeloader Radio mix]
[Radikal DJ’s Club mix]
[Live at Denver PrideFest]

Rise Above lyrics:
i don’t care if you don’t call me by name
i don’t care if you don’t agree with what i say
and if you attack, you know that i won’t fight back
because i think that we’re on the same page

rise above the noise and you will see we’re all the same
when we have just one voice there is no one to blame
rise above and see that we have the same memory
and all that you do will return to you
rise above

what you see is what you want to believe
what you think is what you want to achieve
and if you attack, you know that i won’t fight back
because you’re feeling more shame than me

rise above the noise and you will see we’re all the same
when we have just one voice there is no one to blame
rise above and see that we have the same memory
and all that you do will return to you
rise above

i won’t tell you how i think you should live
i know how to forget and forgive
and if you attack, you know that i won’t fight back
because you only get back what you give

rise above the noise and you will see we’re all the same
when we have just one voice there is no one to blame
rise above and see that we have the same memory
and all that you do will return to you
rise above

10% of all Rise Above remix sales go to Soulforce to promote equality:

Advertisements
%d bloggers like this: