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Band/Singer/Artist: Black Eyed Peas
Album: "Elephunk"
US Chart: 8
UK Chart: 1
Released: 2003

Behind The Song:

This is about the state of post 9/11 world, which all but calls for US withdrawal from Iraq. Group member Ron Fair started writing it late in 2001, and another member, Will.I.Am, added the socially-conscious lyrics.

This song was co-written by Justin Timberlake, who also sang on the track. He came up the chorus after hearing the song on the phone.

This was the longest-serving British #1 in five years and the best selling record of 2003 in the UK. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)

The song took a long time to develop. By the time they recorded the version on the album, they added a string section and recorded vocals by their new member - a female singer named Fergie. They had also changed their sound to appeal to a wider audience.

Justin Timberlake was not listed as a featured singer on this and did not appear in the video. His record company wanted to keep his contribution to this low-key because they didn't want it to interfere with his album "Justified".

The group performed this on the 2004 Grammy Awards, where it was nominated for Record Of The Year.

The lyrics, "The Bloods, the Crips and the KKK" are a reference to 2 gangs in the northeastern part of the United States and the Ku Klux Klan hate group.



Lyrics for: Where Is The Love? - Black Eyed Peas

What's wrong with the world, Mama
People livin' like they ain't got no Mamas
I think the whole world addicted to the drama
Only attracted to things that'll bring you trauma
Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin'
In the USA, the big CIA
The Bloods and The Crips and the KKK
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, yeah
Madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
Man, you gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love, y'all, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

It just ain't the same, always unchanged
New days are strange, is the world insane
If love and peace is so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
Nations droppin' bombs
Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones
With ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young
So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone
So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong
In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin' in
Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends
Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother
A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover
The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug
If you never know truth then you never know love
Where's the love, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the truth, y'all, come on (I don't know)
Where's the love, y'all

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love
The love, the love

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm gettin' older, y'all, people gets colder
Most of us only care about money makin'
Selfishness got us followin' our wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting the young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what they see in the cinema
Yo', whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness in equality
Instead in spreading love we spreading animosity
Lack of understanding, leading lives away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feelin' down
There's no wonder why sometimes I'm feelin' under
Gotta keep my faith alive till love is found

Now ask yourself
Where is the love?
Where is the love?
Where is the love?
Where is the love?

People killin', people dyin'
Children hurt and you hear them cryin'
Can you practice what you preach
And would you turn the other cheek

Father, Father, Father help us
Send some guidance from above
'Cause people got me, got me questionin'
Where is the love (Love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)

Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)
Where is the love (The love)



Related Behind the Song Story and Lyrics by Black Eyed Peas:

Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas

Don't Lie - Black Eyed Peas

Don't Phunk With My Heart - Black Eyed Peas

I Gotta Feelin' - Black Eyed Peas

Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas

My Humps - Black Eyed Peas

Now Generation - Black Eyed Peas

Out of My Head - Black Eyed Peas

Pump It - Black Eyed Peas

Rock That Body - Black Eyed Peas

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Band/Singer/Artist: Black Eyed Peas
Album: The E.N.D.
Released: 2009
US Chart #: 1
UK Chart #: 1

Behind The Song:

Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas originally posted this on the media platform Dipdive. It was their first single release for nearly three years.

This was the first song played on New York City radio station Now 92.3 after the Rock radio station WXRK-FM switched to a mainstream Top 40 format on March 11, 2009.

This song was sampled by Flo-Rida on his Will.i.am produced track, "Available."

Fergie explained to MTV News that, "the concept of the video is the Peas' birth into the digital afterlife. So the transformation is us going into a sort of birth or cocoon and coming out the other end as forms of energy.

It's a parallel to the music industry. Now everything is downloaded." Will.i.am added that the promo was inspired by the digitalising of the world today. He said that he hoped the video portrays "what it would be like if we were actually in the computer, if art was fused in it. [It's] analog life from a digital perspective becoming technology."

This was the first US #1 for the Peas. Their previous best chart placing had been the #3 ranked singles "Don't Phunk With My Heart" and "My Humps." Vocalist Fergie had previously recorded three #1s as a solo artist in 2006-07.

Prior to this song reaching the summit, there had been only three other instances of groups following individual members to the peak position (excluding one-time acts like USA for Africa).

The first time this occurred was in July 1986 when "Invisible Touch" became Genesis' first chart-topper, following four #1 singles by Phil Collins in 1984-85. In 1984 John Waite had a #1 hit with "Missing You."

Five years later, as a member of the super group Bad English, he topped the chart again with "When I See You Smile."

In July 2000 Matchbox Twenty's "Bent" led the Hot 100 for a week. The previous fall, the band's vocalist Rob Thomas had spent 12 weeks on top as a featured artist on Santana's "Smooth."

The song's first-week total of 465,000 downloads in the US overtook the previous record for a group. Previously the highest sum had been the 253,000 that Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" achieved in the week dated June 21, 2008.

Will.i.am has stated in interviews that this song was heavily influenced by the electro sounds he heard in the nightclubs in Sydney, Australia. He explained to Q magazine July 2009: "I heard all this club music when I was filming Wolverine in Australia. I met (Italian production duo) The Crookers there and loved their stuff."



Boom Boom Pow Lyrics:

Gotta get that [x3]
Gotta get that that that, that that

Boom boom boom (Gotta get that) [x4]

Boom boom boom (Yeah) [x2]
Boom boom boom [x2]


[Will.i.am]
Yo
I got the hit that beat the block
You can get that bass overload
I got the that rock and roll
That future flow

That digital spit
Next level visual shit
I got that (Boom boom boom)
How the beat bang (Boom boom boom)


[Fergie]
I like that boom boom pow
Them chicken jackin my style
They try copy my swagger
Im on that next shit now
Im so 3008
You so 2000 and late
I got that boom boom boom
That future boom boom boom
Let me get it now

Boom boom boom (Gotta get that) [x4]

Boom boom boom (Yeah) [x2]
Boom boom boom [x2]


[Taboo]
Im on the supersonic boom
Yall hear the space shit zoom
When when I step inside the room them girls go apeshit, uh
Y'all stuck on super A-shit
They're no fast stupid a bit
Im on that HD flat
This beat go boom boom pow


[Apl.de.ap]
Im a beast when you turn me on
Into the future cybertron
Harder, faster, better, stronger
Sexy ladies extra longer, cuz
[ The Black Eyed Peas Lyrics are found on www.songlyrics.com ]
We got the beat that bounce
We got the beat that pow
We got the beat that 808
That the boom boom in your town


[Fergie]
People in the place
If you wanna get down
Put your hands in the air
Will.i.am drop the beat now


[Will.i.am]
Yep yep
I be rockin the beats (Yep, yep)
I be rockin the beats (Yep yep yep, yep)

Here we go, here we go
Satellite radio
Yall getting hit with (Boom boom)
Beats so big Im steppin on leprechauns
Shitin on yall you with the (Boom boom)
Shitin on yall you with the (Boom boom)
Shitin on yall you with the..
This beat be bumpin bumpin
This beat go boom boom

Let the beat rock
Let the beat rock
Let the beat r...

This beat be bumpin bumpin
This beat go boom boom


[Fergie]
I like that boom boom pow
Them chicken jackin my style
They try copy my swagger
Im on that next shit now
Im so 3008
You so 2000 and late
I got that boom boom boom
That future boom boom boom
Let me get it now

Gotta get that [x3]
Gotta get that that that, that that
Boom boom boom (Gotta get that) [x4]
Boom boom boom (Yeah) [x2]
Boom boom boom [x2]



Related Song and Lyrics by Black Eyed Peas:

Don't Lie - Black Eyed Peas

Don't Phunk With My Heart - Black Eyed Peas

I Gotta Feelin' - Black Eyed Peas

Let's Get It Started - Black Eyed Peas

My Humps - Black Eyed Peas

Now Generation - Black Eyed Peas

Out of My Head - Black Eyed Peas

Pump It - Black Eyed Peas

Rock That Body - Black Eyed Peas

Where Is The Love? - Black Eyed Peas

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