I Believe

I Believe

Everyone has a song that means something to them. It's that song that hits home, the one that they can stand to listen to 1,000,000 times and not hate. Songs can be used to express joy, to praise, to let the anger flow. A song is the heart's way of saying what words can't. I'm no exception.

The song that gets me the most is a song called "I Believe". It's a song from 1995 that talks about many of the things we still deal with today. Its main focus is racism, and how it prevents love from shining through. "Violence is spread worldwide and there's families on the street", this is a truth that is still valid today. There is no better way to put violence and its impact than to say that. "And we sell drugs to children now oh, why can't we just see?" Drugs are becoming a big problem among teens. In 2004, 110 million people 12 and older said that they had used drugs at least once in their lifetime. 15 of them said that they had used drugs in the last year. 8 said they used drugs in the last month. It's so deeply rooted into society that even kids are becoming corrupted. "That all we do is eliminate our future with the things we do today…", that's the bottom struck me was the way the band was able to put in sarcasm in the last verse of the second part. It follows the lyrics mentioned above: "But money is our incentive now so that makes it okay."

The last part of the song goes like this: "I've been seeing Lisa now for a little over a year, She says she'd never been so happy, but Lisa lives in fear, That one day Daddy's gonna find out that she's in love with a n from the streets, Oh how he would lose it then, But she's still here with me, Cause she believes that love will see it through, One day he'll understand, And he'll see me as a person, and not just a black man". That's the real incentive of this song: to make people see that love can make a difference, regardless of what the world thinks or says to try to convince you otherwise.

But the lyrics that stick out the most are 2 verses in the beginning of the song: "Open up your mind and then open up your heart." Those words have the most powerful impact (but of course that's just my opinion). Once people can learn to throw away pride and prejudice, they'll see that no one deserves such foolish hatred.

Also in the beginning of the song, they say "Walk blindly to the light and reach out for his hand, don't ask any questions and don't try to understand". Don't try to understand it because if you do you'll only end up with one thing-it's called a migraine. It's okay to walk without seeing; feelings aren't able to be seen anyway.

The feeling in this song is the reason I love it. It's making people see things that they would've denied if it were someone telling them. I recently watched an anime called Saikano and stumbled across a fan-made video for this song. I started crying during this video, because I got a visual to what I had been hearing for so long. It made me sadder to think of how much it reminded me of real life. Yet the singer still believes that love will see it through, and that still inspires me. As this song says, "love is the answer, and love will find a way".