Photo by Ben Kaye
In the wake of even more tragic shooting deaths across the country, there’s been a recent uptick in protest songs. Last night, My Morning Jacket shared their own, a call for peace dubbed “Magic Bullet”. It’s a heavily funky track filled with spaced out synths, dirty horns, and a guitar solo that’s the true definition of soaring. “Ain’t no way to solve a problem of the streets/ With an itchy trigger finger/ Servant of disease,” cautions frontman Jim James in a haunted, slick whisper. “I mean, come on.”
Unlike many of the other odes to the fallen, Jacket’s track makes no distinction between who died or what caused it. Instead, as the band said in a note on Soundcloud, the track is an overarching plea for “peace, love, understanding, and an end to the violence.” Elsewhere in the note, the band (or presumably James) wrote, “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.”
Listen to “Magic Bullet” below, followed by the complete accompanying message.
“violence is never the answer.
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 somewhere…in 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”