Wilco Releases New Benefit Song, “All Lives, You Say?”

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.

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