Where Is the Love?

Poetry Analysis Through Music

The Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip-hop group fronted by Will I. Am and Fergie. The 2003 single, "Where is the Love?" from the CD, Elephunk, was their first major hit and topped the charts in 13 countries.


Literal or Figurative Lyrics?

The lyrics of this are meant to be taken literally by the listener. The song is about the state of post 9/11 world, which poses the title question in a world that seems filled with violence. Group member Ron Fair started writing it late in 2001, and another member, Will.I.Am, added the socially-conscious lyrics.


Meaning of Song Revealed by Literal Text:

But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And when you hate then you're bound to get irate


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