In the wake of last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, VA., Wilco has released a new benefit song called ‘All Lives, You Say?’ via their Bandcamp page. The song title references the “All lives matter” response to the Black Lives Matter movement and was released Monday night. Although no direct reference is made to the tragic events in Virginia, Wilco’s intent with ‘All Lives, You Say’ is clear.
“My dad was named after a Civil War general, and he voted for Barack Obama twice” states songwriter Jeff Tweedy in a post accompanying the song. “He used to say ‘If you know better, you can do better. America – we know better. We can do better.”
The acoustic country track loops along at a surprisingly mellow pace driving attention towards Tweedy’s metaphorical lyrics. “All lives, all lives you say/ I can see you are afraid / Your skin is so thin / Your heart has escaped.”
‘All Lives, You Say?’ is dedicated to Tweedy’s father, Robert L. Tweedy, who died earlier this year. All proceeds from the song will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The benefit single can be purchased for $1 from Wilco’s Bandcamp page. Catch Wilco live at Bass Concert Hall in Austin on October 1st.