Beyond “Say Hey (I Love You)”: the deeper Michael Franti & Spearhead

Michael Franti & Spearhead performed “Say Hey (I love you),” a very catchy song from their newest album, All Rebel Rockers on Ellen. It was also the song played in the flashmob in the first episode of Weeds in Season 5.

It’s an high-energy, positive and uplifting song and I expect that it will grow more and more popular, but most of their content has more serious social and political issues to discuss than this popular song may suggest.

Michael Franti & Spearhead are a rock/rap/funk/folk/jazz/reggae group whose creator and lead vocalist Michael Franti is “an outspoken supporter for a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues” according to his Wikipedia page.

I love them for a lot of reasons, but I’m blogging about them because the lyrical content and message of Michael Franti & Spearhead songs represent very serious aspects of social responsibility. The following is a great example of their message.

Song: The Future

Album: All Rebel Rockers

Lyrics:

They talk of the future like it’s already the past
They talk about the future like today will never last
They talk of the future while their diggin’ through your trash
Taxman come to remove your cash
They talk of the future like a criminal plans
Corporate robberies in far off lands
They tell you the future’s a big wonderland
and that homeland security’s got a career for you
Don’t you believe what they told you before
It’s the same frikin’ lies that they’ll tell you some more
They searchin’ your bag as you’re boarding the plane
and they telling your neighbors that you went insane
I wouldn’t believe that this was all coming true
If I could not see with my eyes that it’s true

Even still I hope the future gets here soon
Bring it on bring it on

The future’s comin’ on like a bomb
The whole worlds rockin’ and the beat goes on 2x
Ready or not we’re bringing it on
The whole world’s rockin’ and the beat goes on

They take all your privacy give it away
and for musical piracy lock you away
They tell you that war is a permanent thing
and American Idol kids really can sing
Potheads on a rescue mission,
put your cancer in remission
People starving, malnutrition
work your abs into condition

Oh no now they after your soul
and they’re telling you now that you’re losing control

well its true cause I just got sick of it all
they say the savior’s comin he’s down at the mall
He’s signing some autographs and selling them all
Pick up the phone now and make the call
I wouldn’t believe that this is all coming true
If I could not see with my eyes that it’s true

Even still I hope the future gets here soon
Bring it on bring it on

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