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Yes, we can

 

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W czasie kampanii prezydenckiej w Stanach bardzo spodobał mi się teledysk Yes, we can promujący Baracka Obamę.


“Yes We Can” is a song inspired by a speech delivered by Barack Obama following the 2008 New Hampshire primary, derived from the union catchcry “Yes we can”.

The song was released on February 2, 2008 by the Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am on Dipdive.com and also on YouTube under the username ‘WeCan08′.

Although the lyrics are entirely quotations from a speech delivered by Sen. Obama in New Hampshire during the 2008 campaign, his campaign had no involvement in its production.
The music viral video, shot in a sparse black-and-white, features Barack Obama’s image in collage fashion; the performers comprise a veritable Greek chorus echoing his words in a hip-hop call-and-response manner as his voice plays in the background.  

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Wg powyższego tekstu, piosenka nie była częścią kampanii wyborczej, lecz powstała spontanicznie. Mimo to, stała się niemal hymnem kampanii, a słowa Yes, we can (Tak, możemy) stały się mottem zrzeszającym miliony ludzi popierających Obamę. Mogę wręcz przypuszczać, że piosenka ta w znacznym stopniu przyczyniła się do zwycięstwa Obamy w wyborach 2008.

Zwróćmy uwagę na czarno-biały teledysk i samą piosenkę. Dlaczego nie w kolorze? Gdy nie ma widzimy kolorów, nie widzimy różnic. W teledysku pojawiają się ludzie różnych ras, o różnym odcieniu skóry, są jednak równi. W tekście natomiast pojawiają się słowa klucze kampanii, wypowiedziane przez samego Obamę podczas przemówienia w New Hampshire. Słowa te to m.in.: opportunity, prosperity, change, freedom, justice, equality. Na końcu słowo HOPE zmienia się w VOTE

W teledysku widzimy sławnych ludzi - modelki, aktorów, piosenkarzy- jest np. Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Scherzinger (z Pussycat Dolls), Harold Perrineau (Link w Matrixie). Widzimy też zwykłych ludzi - matkę z dzieckiem, parę młodych ludzi, migającą kobietę. Widzimy, że wszyscy oni popierają Obamę.

Poniżej wklejam słowa piosenki:

Yes, we can by Will.I.am

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.
Yes we can.
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.
Yes we can. Yes we can.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores
and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can. Yes we can.
It was the call of workers who organized;
women who reached for the ballots;
a President who chose the moon as our new frontier;
and a King who took us to the mountain-top and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
Yes we can to justice and equality.
(yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can…)

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can heal this nation.
Yes we can repair this world.
Yes we can. Si Se Puede
(yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can…)

We know the battle ahead will be long,
but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way,
nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.
We want change!
(We want change! We want change! We want change…)

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant.
We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check.
We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.
But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. We want change!
(We want change! I want change! We want change! I want change…)

The hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA;
we will remember that there is something happening in America;
that we are not as divided as our politics suggests;
that we are one people;
we are one nation;
and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America’s story with three words that will ring from coast to coast;
from sea to shining sea - Yes. We. Can.
(yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can…)

Piosenka Yes, we can ma również wersję po hiszpańsku: Si, se puede. Ma jednak inne słowa i inny klimat. Skierowana jest głównie do emigrantów z Meksyku, którzy stanowią liczną mniejszość w USA.

Will.I.am stworzył jeszcze jedną piosenkę o Obamie We are the ones.

 

We are the ones

We can change the world, na na na.

We can change the world. 

I would like to see, um, a cleaner earth for my child that I am bringing into the world very soon.

I think that it’s time for change.

I want a better future for my children.

I would like our environment to be safe.

Es es nuestro America, Mi America, Tu America

This is Our America, Mi America, My America, Tu America, Your America, America Nosotros

…someone can actually make a difference in my generation.

I would like to see us in a world without fear.

Basically, um, I just want the war to end.

I would like the rest of the world to think highly of our amazing country.

I think the thing that inspires me most about Barack Obama is that he really is going to be the president of the United States – you know, he’s not going to be the president of the top 10%, or the president of the most powerful corporations, or the president of the most powerful lobbyists. He’s gonna to be OUR president, he is going to speak for US, because WE put him there.

That’s what Obama is about – Unity to this country, and changing America’s face to the world.

Obama representa el cambio y representa la esperanza.

He speaks my language.

This is MY America, YOUR America, OUR America.

He stands for not just black people, but all people; and he is almost like a revivalist for a lot of people’s souls.

I believe in Barack Obama, because he believes in us.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

We can change the world.

Obama is about what you do every day. This is your chance to be heard.

We can change the world.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

We can change the world. 

 

Wikipedia o We are the ones

A oto, co pisze will.i.am o tej piosence (do przeczytania na YouTube):

people say Obama's words are just words...
but...
when was the last time "words" weren't important...???...

when was the last time a great leader didn't use words to lead...??...
when was the last time a person didn't use words to describe how they felt...?...
when was the last time "words" weren't empowering...?...

and we can all recall the last time "words" were used to divide us and install fear...

Bush used words to fear us into voting for him the second time around...
terror this...
terror that...
nuclear here...
weapons of mass destruction there...

and those words effected a lot of people's choices...

"enough is enough"...
let's rebuild...

let's change ourselves...
let's allow positivity to guide us...

let's take action....
let's activate our passion...
we are Americans....

and this is the first time in forever that someone running for president represents "US"...

some say this is all excitement...
I call it "proud to be an American"...

some say this whole Obama movement is "cult like"...
well...
if it comes across cult like...
then...
the cult is called America...

the Obama movement is connecting America.
and it has made "US" realize our importance...
the youth is excited and activated...
adults are passionate and motivated...
the elderly are proud to know the country they built is in safe hands...

we are one...

for too long politics has been corrupt...
separate from the American people...
with agendas that go against what the American people "need"...
education...
health...
safety...
jobs
etc...

politicians have spoken a different language...
making it so the youth and poor people feel as if voting was only for the wealthy and old people...
making "US" feel as if "we" had no voice...
making "US" feel powerless...
making it feel like if "we" did vote it wouldn't change anything...

but wait...
that did happen...
some of us voted, and it didn't change anything...

we were in the dark...
we had no voice...
we were powerless...

because America was not a united America...
and "they" spoke a different language...
and they had an agenda different from our well being...

correct me if I'm wrong... or speak up if I'm missing something...

we want education, health, safety, and good jobs...right???...
oh yeah...
and "a healthy planet to live on"...

but here we are...

in a war... poor education... poor health programs... the dollar is down... the planet, polluted...
the rich, richer... and the poor, struggling...
with sky high gas prices to top it all off...

and now even the rich aren't really rich internationally because our dollar is has fallen so far down...

in our slumber... a very small few got really rich...

because when you're sleeping...

"it's hard to change agendas"...

we know what happened in 2000 and 2004...
but in 2008...
it's different...

we are awake...
and there is a movement...

and "it's hard to change a movement"...

last time "we" didn't have a movement...
America wasn't united...

and now "United and "Standing"...for something...
we know the power of "US"...
and we have a person who represents the "U.S."...

"US"...

"we are the ones we've been waiting for"...

I'm proud to be an American...

will.i.am

niedziela, 01 marca 2009, ioreta

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