Love It If We Made It by The 1975

Love It If We Made It is a social anthem by The 1975 which chronicles troubling political and social issues in modern life. The song is inspired by events which occurred between 2016-2018 and is meant to inspire despite narrating problematic issues that have happened.

The song begins with:

We’re fucking in a car, shooting heroin

Saying controversial things just for the hell of it

Selling melanin and then suffocate the black men

Starts with misdemeanors and then we’ll make a business out of them

The first two verses are meant to grab attention especially in a world where everything is designed to do just that. The next two verses points out that the US prison system profits off black men by giving them harsh sentences to gain free labor from them as the verses suggest, “make a business out of them”.

Oh fuck your feelings

Truth is only hearsay

We’re left here to decay

Modernity has failed us

“Fuck your feelings” alludes to a Trump shirt that was in a rally. Meanwhile, the next verse illustrates that we are now living in a society in which even factual truth can be denied or misrepresented for political play and is said to be “hearsay”. The verse “modernity has failed us” is a theme that is portrayed throughout the entire song.

The music video itself is an Easter egg basket of all sorts. When the video begins, it showcases plastic floating in the ocean and the globe, indicative of climate change. It then portrays issues it doesn’t address in its lyrics, such as gun violence, police violence towards black communities.

sarahshu

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