My Morning Jacket Release New Song Decrying Gun Violence

My Morning Jacket have released a new song, “Magic Bullet,” as a means of condemning violence and encouraging peace.

Posted to SoundCloud yesterday, the track features a funky vibe blending horns, guitar and electronics over a simplistic but powerful percussion section.

The song's lyrics predictably focus on dealing with gun violence as a whole, using powerful imagery throughout to show confusion and stress in regards to shootings.

“Problem of the streets / With electric trigger finger / Servant of disease/ Oh, come on,” James sings.

In addition to the song, the band posted a long, moving note. Listen to the track and read the message below.

"violence is never the answer. 
only love. 
we all need to be a part of the discussion. 
part of the solution. 
how long will it take before we realize-
we are all the same. 
this is not idealistic dreaming. 
this is a fact-
we all want only to love and be loved. 
to nuture and protect those we love.

hate comes from the illusion that we are separate and cut off from
one another by factors like race and religion but this simply is not true.

it does not matter your race/creed/sexual orientation we are all filled with the same beautiful blood- a mix of old and new generations... past present and future...we are all in there the blood lines together...all of humanity.

a beautiful mix of male and female and all the colors rolled up into this wonderful gift we call life. 
a gift that should be celebrated like the beautiful rainbow that it is- not riddled by bullets and cut to pieces spilling and wasting that precious blood.

I don't pretend to think that a song can fix or change the world instantly, and I don't pretend to know the ins and outs of the political landscape and proper gun control legislation- 
BUT if we say nothing then nothing will ever change.
and things have got to change.

so maybe if we all sing out-
if we all speak out- for peace. for equality. for justice. for an end to the violence...then perhaps we can together change the world for the better-
create a world of true peace, love, and acceptance where our differences are celebrated because we realize they are in fact all just shades of the same wondrous human rainbow.

dare to dream. dreams can come true.

no one said it better than Dr. King:
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
here is a wish from us to you for peace,love, understanding, and an end to the violence.

we hope you enjoy this song that basically says 
there can be a solution... 
but none of us can do it alone. 
we have to get together.

peace and love,
my morning jacket"

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