Madonna Sampled Emma Gonzalez’s ‘We Call BS’ Speech In Her New Single
On Feb. 17, just three days after the school mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, a student spoke words that inspired the entire world.
Emma Gonzalez, an 18-year-old high school senior at the time, gave a televised speech about what it’s like to lose classmates horrifically and demanded gun reform. Her speech started a gun control movement and led to a massive anti-gun protest worldwide. Her words also inspired a very famous woman.
Madonna’s latest album features a song titled “I Rise” in which she samples Emma Gonzalez’s “We call BS” speech.
The song begins with an intro by Gonzalez, “Us kids don’t know what we’re talking about/ That we’re too young to understand how the government works/ We call B.S.”
Then Madonna begins to sing, ” I’m goin’ through it, yeah I know you see the tragic in it/ Just hold on to the little bit of magic in it/ I can’t break down now I can’t take that now/ Died a thousand times/ Managed to survive/ I can’t break down now/ I can’t take that (I can’t take that).”
The song also includes the line, “There’s nothin’ you can do to me that hasn’t been done. Not bulletproof, shouldn’t have to run from a gun.”
The chorus goes, “I rise, I rise I rise up above it, up above it I rise, I rise I rise up above it all.”
“I wrote ‘I Rise’ as a way of giving a voice to all marginalized people who feel they don’t have the opportunity to speak their mind,” Madonna said in a statement, according to the Miami Herald. “This year is the 50th anniversary of Pride and I hope this song encourages all individuals to be who they are, to speak their minds and to love themselves.”
Gonzalez has yet to comment on the song.
Check out the song below.
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