Black Eyed Peas Super Bowl 2011

During Where is the Love?, the pop star got a little political and changed the lyrics to mention two issues – education and unemployment. “In America we need to get things straight / Obama, let’s get these kids educated / Create jobs so the country stays stimulated.”

The “Yes We Can” Song and music video, written and directed by Will.i.Am of the Black Eyed Peas and Jesse Dylan (Bob Dylan’s son), was inspired by Obama’s New Hampshire Speech.

Yes We Can Lyrics

  • 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.
  • It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
  • 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 mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
  • Yes we can to justice and equality.
  • Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
  • Yes we can heal this nation.
  • Yes we can repair this world.
  • 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 have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics…they 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.
  • Now 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 the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea…
  • Yes. We. Can.

Will.i.am said he was inspired to make the video – shot over two friends using friends as volunteers – after being “captivated and inspired” by Mr Obama’s speech on the evening of the New Hampshire primary, when he lost to Hillary Clinton.

“The speech made me think of Martin Luther King … Kennedy .. and Lincoln… and all the others that have fought for what we have today,” he wrote.

“One week later .. I came up with the idea to turn his speech into a song .. because that speech affected and touched my inner core like nothing in a very long time.”

Maria Shriver, a member of the Kennedy clan and wife of the California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, is also supporting Mr Obama, joining her cousin Caroline Kennedy.

However, Mr Schwarzenegger has already given his backing to John McCain, the Republican frontrunner.

Mr McCain is not the only Republican candidate with Hollywood. His Republican rival Mick Huckabee’s most famous supporter is Chuck Norris, the action man actor.

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