This song was originally written by Irish Band The Cranberries as a protest song concerning an IRA incident that claimed the lives of 2 young men in Ireland.
The Cranberries played the song on their appearance on the U.S. show Saturday Night Live in 1995 in a performance that British author Dave Thompson calls "one of the most powerful performances that the show has ever seen". He was right.
The performance and the song are powerful because of their meaning. While listening to the words they convicted my heart about the behaviors in my own country.
I am broken inside about the division that exists in America. One that has been there for it's entire existence. One that is so against one of the very principles America was founded on. Equality.
While seeking materials to help explain my point of view I listened to several Martin Luther King Speeches. He gave a speech entitled " The Other America." It struck me as a strange telling of the future. He spoke those words more than 50 years ago. But they were spot on concerning today's current events.
MLK said once, " Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." I am discouraged and dismayed at the state of our great country. I feel compelled to not be silent about this that matters. I felt the need to make a statement about it through this video. With this song.
I would like to thank two amazing artists I know. Ian Gannon, and Leah Peacock for providing the artwork for the title pages that start this video.
I own none of the materials used to make this video. No copyrights intended.