Last night, after six long and seemingly never-ending years; #Gorillaz finally released a new song. When I first heard the song, admittedly, I thought it was a bit odd. It didn’t seem to fit inside what I personally felt was Gorillaz shtick of music. However, after listening multiple times, there seems to be a hidden message some might not pick up on and it couldn’t have been timed more profoundly.

I’m talking about today’s inauguration. The long dreaded day, for some, of #Donald Trump taking the oath and being sworn in as the next President of the United States. Say what you will, today is astronomically important. It could be the greatest day our country has ever known or it could be the beginning of the end.

Advertisements
Advertisements

Personally, I think this is one of the reasons Gorillaz released the song when they did.

Is the new song more politically-charged than intended?

In the song, there are references to building walls and the desire for power. If that’s not a direct parallel to how the world sees the presidency of Donald Trump I don't know what is. The song, however, further explores things that many seem to have forgotten. Yes, money is bad, but it is also necessary. It’s what one does with it that matters.

“Hallelujah Money” has lead vocals from Benjamin Clementine. While this isn’t the first time Gorillaz have had someone else lead their songs; it was an odd choice to have this be their first single after such a long wait. The melancholic tone of the song is haunted by the background vocals “How will we know / When the morning comes / We are still human / How will we know?” These lyrics began the thought pattern I had concerning this song and today’s inauguration.

Advertisements

‘Hallelujah Money’ could become the theme for today

Many have woken up today pondering just how much their world is going to change. Some project only positivity, while others have resided deeply in the negative camp. The song further cements its intent towards the end, with the line: “Don’t worry my friend / If this be the end, then so shall it be.” Maybe this is not directed at the current state of politics and the heavy influence of money. One would be hard-pressed to convince me otherwise, as the timing, video, and underlying message seem to directly correspond. #Inauguration Day