"Same Love" as written by and Ryan Lewis Ben Haggerty....
When I was in the 3rd grade I thought that I was gay 'cause I could draw,
My uncle was and I kept my room straight
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face, she's like,
"Ben you've loved girls since before pre-K"
Trippin', yeah, I guess she had a point, didn't she?
A bunch of stereotypes all in my head
I remember doing the math like "Yeah, I'm good a little league"
A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant
For those who like the same sex had the characteristics
The right-wing conservatives think its a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition. Playing God
Ahh nah, here we go
America the brave
Still fears what we don't know And God loves all his children it's somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five hundred years ago
I don't know

And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

If I was gay I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the Youtube comments lately?
"Man, that's gay" gets dropped on a daily
We've become so numb to what we're sayin'
Our culture founded from oppression
Yeah, we don't have acceptance for 'em
Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it
'Gay' is synonymous with 'the lesser'
It's the same hate that's caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color the complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk-outs and sit-ins,
It's human rights for everybody
There is no difference
Live on! And be yourself!
When I was in church, they taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service, those words aren't anointed
And that Holy Water that you soak in is then poisoned
When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same, but that's not important
No freedom 'til we're equal
Damn right I support it

I don't know

And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

We press play Don't press pause
Progress, march on!
With a veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
'Till the day That my uncles can be united by law
Their kids are walkin' around the hallway
Plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful, some would rather die than be who they are
And a certificate on paper
Isn't gonna solve it all, but it's a damn good place to start
No law's gonna change us
We have to change us. Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it's all the same love
About time that we raised up

And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can't change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love, my love, my love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

Love is patient, love is kind
Love is patient
Love is kind (Not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient,(Not crying on Sundays) love is kind (I'm not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient,(Not crying on Sundays) love is kind(I'm not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient,(Not crying on Sundays) love is kind(I'm not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient, love is kind


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"Same Love" as written by Ryan Lewis Ben Haggerty

Lyrics © INSIDE PASSAGE MUSIC OBO RYAN LEWIS PUBLISHING , INSIDE PASSAGE MUSIC OBO MACKLEMORE PUBLISHING

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  • +26
    General CommentIt takes balls for a straight rapper to risk his career and call out the homophobia in the Hip-Hop industry. Good for you.
    kevinweekson October 08, 2012   Link
  • +17
    My Opinionoh my god, i just heard this song for the first time. and watched the video.

    tears in my eyes. this is so beautiful, and so much truth... truly, all love is equal, and true love is unconditional. this isn't just in relation to romantic love, but every type, every display, and every manifestation of love as the force which connects each living thing to every other.

    love connects back together what hate has separated... and what hate has destroyed, love is that which rebuilds. with most things, there are shades of grey, a spectrum of possibilities which lie between two extremes. but not love. because hate, often thought of as the opposite of love, is really nothing more than the absence of it. until love is the only thing we can see, we'll always be blind.

    and i say it's time that every one of us begins the process of filling the emptiness inside ourselves with the only thing that can... the only thing worth fighting for, because once we win, there won't be anything left to battle against.
    jewdifulon October 18, 2012   Link
  • +14
    General CommentMacklemore is one the very few Socially aware rappers he understands that how much influence rappers can have on people these days. He cleverly raps about Homophobia and how he supports gay marriages. He starts out the rap with a strong first stanza

    When I was in the third grade
    I thought that I was gay
    'Cause I could draw, my uncle was
    And I kept my room straight

    Not only did he recognize the fact that there were pretty unreasonable stereotypes about people who like each other in the same sex but that stereotypes are already invading the brains of the new generations at a very young age and how it's influencing our society.
    Invokehadeon November 01, 2012   Link
  • +9
    Song MeaningThis song is quite direct and forward. The whole purpose is just to say that we have to look at how we throw harmfull words around without any caution. Calling someone a faggot may not be meant as bad as it can be taken. Someone that's having a tough time w/their sexuality may hear that word and feel more pushed away by society.

    The lingering "I can't change" is done so elegantly that it reminds us that whether studies, science, religion or anyting says...it's not something you can just change. Love is natural and easier than hate. Yet those who love the same sex are oppressed and judged faster than anyone.

    The line about the holy water being poison is referencing sermons that spew hate instead of love. Most religions preach love and compassion over everything else.

    This song is the best track on the entire CD. I was blown away when I heard it. This is my 10th time hearing it tonight.
    xbrandonon April 18, 2013   Link
  • +8
    General CommentThe fact is, being gay isn't genetic. It isn't something you learn or choose to be. Homosexual people can't help it. The title "Same Love" captures it very well - gay people love the same way straight people do. Even if you think of the word "gay", it means happy. They are happy loving the same sex. I'm not gay, but even people who aren't need to realize that coming out of the closet is hard for a lot of people because of the way they know people will react. Why do gay people have to be treated differently then straight people? Gays even have less rights than straight people do in America. Up until recently, gays weren't allowed in the army. In many places, homosexuals still aren't allowed to marry. Although gay rights are expanding, gay people are having their rights as Americans restricted because of their feelings towards a certain sex. They are American citizens too. They have rights under the constitution. They have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, just like straight people do, but they don't have the most important freedom - the freedom to love.
    ebglasson March 04, 2013   Link
  • +6
    General CommentPeople are so afraid and hate what the can not understand. But if people would open their minds to new things, then they may have the chance to at least try to understand why people do what they do. Being gay, owning a gun, coming from a different country, all these people are the same, nothing is different but our beliefs. There's is one common thing that we all share, we all are human and deserve to live the way we want to.. When I first heard this song, I nearly died. The goose bumps i had where strikingly noticable. Seeing the video made me cry. This song has not only good lyrics and meaning but an amazing beat and I give Macklemore and others the credit to keep making amazing songs!
    Crash4everon February 20, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentGet this hate out of here...that is not what Macklemore is about.
    sewok15on February 19, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI gotta say, being a pastor's kid, growing up in the church, and falling in love with a man who was (at the time) a closet transgender... This song really hits home for me. My hubby/girlfriend has now come partially out, but telling the two extreme Christian families this is who he/she is, and who I love dearly, is going to be hard. I cried when I heard Mary's chorus... It was exactly how I feel towards my love.

    And to the people who believe you choose this life, and aren't born with it:
    My husband fought with himself for YEARS trying to get rid of his female self... begged God, went down to the altar at many different churches, pleaded with pastors to heal him, and fasted for days. Finally, a couple years ago, when I told him to just accept her, he was free. He no longer falls asleep crying out to God for acceptance; now he just accepts himself, and lives his/her life.
    AnonyChickon May 14, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPeople are so afraid and hate what the can not understand. But if people would open their minds to new things, then they may have the chance to at least try to understand why people do what they do. Being gay, owning a gun, coming from a different country, all these people are the same, nothing is different but our beliefs. There's is one common thing that we all share, we all are human and deserve to live the way we want to.. When I first heard this song, I nearly died. The goose bumps i had where strikingly noticable. Seeing the video made me cry. This song has not only good lyrics and meaning but an amazing beat and I give Macklemore and others the credit to keep making amazing songs!
    Crash4everon February 20, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think that this is the probably the best song that i have ever heard. :P
    kaylalee29on April 11, 2013   Link

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