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Is The 1975's"Love It If We Made It," 2018's "We Didn't Start The Fire,"?

The 1975’s third album, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, is set to be released on November 30th, 2018. The single, “Love It If We Made It,” was released from the album on July 19th, 2018. The song, littered with social and political commentary, is comparable to Billy Joel’s, We Didn’t Start The Fire.

In the first verse, lead man, Matty Healy sings,

“Selling melanin and then suffocate the black men

Start with misdemeanors and we’ll make a business out of them,”


Without missing a beat the song begins by acknowledging the oppression of black people in America’s and other prison systems.  Healy later explained, “We have a prison system that preys on young black people in order to keep itself in business,”.

And later in the verse,

“Truth is only hearsay,”

The reference here is to the fake news and propaganda that occurred surrounding and following the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Healy explained that he doesn’t understand how we got to the point where we live in a “post truth world”.  

In the second verse Healy continues,

“Write it on a piece of stone

A beach of drowning three-year-olds

Rest in peace Lil Peep”

The “drowning three year old” was really the young Syrian refugee, age three, Alan Kurdi. Kurdi died on a beach in the Mediterranean Sea on September 2, 2015. He and his family were Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe amid the European refugee crisis. The photo caused a mass outcry of compassion in the UK and around the world.

Lil Peep, an up and coming rapper in the hip hop world died of an opioid overdose at age 21 on November 17,  2017. His death was mourned by teenagers and young adults across America. It brought much needed attention to America’s opioid crisis and ignited a new discussion on mental health.

Finally Healy, points out the United States’ chaotic political state, and in doing so, quoting POTUS and  his twitter.

“ ‘I moved on her like a bitch’

Excited to be indicted

Unrequited house with seven pools

‘Thank you Kanye, very cool’  ”

Mostly though, Healy justs wants people to focus on love, as the world is a crazy place. In an video with Genius released on November 1st, Healy says, “We have to just  really love each other and if you don't try, because it's on a mechanistic level say you don't want to do…. you have to be nice then but you have to be otherwise we're fucked,” .  To hear a whole breakdown of the lyrics by Healy himself view the video here. And listen to the song on Spotify here.


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