This has been one of my favorite songs since the day it was released, but today I traded in my preconceived notions about the song for a new relevance. This complex, Latin jazz song was written in a biblical context. Prince speaks about searching for “the truth” in a modern age, making parallels between Noah building his ark and our society doing everything we can to escape the tribulations that we face. Contrary to the meaning I already assigned to this song, I heard it today and connected the lyrics to the troubles we face in our nation today regarding compassion for human life.
All across the nation, people doing what they can to avoid the tribulation that will be great throughout the land. Everything in darkness must come out into the light. When we love each other, that’s the only way it’s gonna be right.
This particular line reminded me of the current issues with police brutality and Donald Trump’s entire campaign. These issues surrounding race have been present in our country for so long but have been overlooked for even longer. The media coverage of these events is bringing the issues to the front of our minds. Additionally, we are now able to see the true personalities of those in our lives which may have been hidden for longer than we would like to admit.
Prince is absolutely right in his final assertion. The only way we can solve the problems we are currently facing on a global scale is to simply love each other. Just because you don’t like someone personally does not mean that you cannot love and respect their soul.
What’s the harm in listening to the hopeful words we say?