In the wake of political turmoil, Wilco released a timely new single, with proceeds benefitting the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“All Lives, You Say?,” a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement, is a somber acoustic number, not far in style from the songs from Schmilco. The lyrics are predictably politically pointed.
“All lives, all lives, you say
I can see you are afraid
Your skin so thin / you heart has escaped
All lives, all lives, you say
You were born at the end of a noose
What was up came down with the blues
But you don’t know how to sing anything anyways
So all lives, all lives, you say
My mind, my mind is gone
It’s too hard for me to know when I’m wrong
This is the last dying gasp of a deadly lung
Turning blue all alone in the sun”
In sharing the song, Jeff Tweedy dedicated the track to his late father, Robert L. Tweedy.
“My dad was named after a Civil War general, and he voted for Barack Obama twice,” Tweedy said. “He used to say, ‘If you know better, you can do better.’ America – we know better. We can do better.”
Stream the song below, and purchase it for $1 here.