Wilco Releases Protest Song to Support Southern Poverty Law Center

Fans can download a new single 'All Lives, You Say?' on band's Bandcamp page for just $1.

August 16, 2017 5:00 am
Wilco Releases Protest Song, 'All Lives, You Say?' to Support Southern Poverty Law Center
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco performs during the 2017 Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park on July 29, 2017 in Newport, Rhode Island. (Taylor Hill/WireImage)

Back on July 4, music legend David Crosby—ever the political activist—posted a note to his Facebook page (we’ve edited it slightly for form): “So … all of you would be songwriters, and you who already are, we need a song for our very troubled times, an ‘Ohio.’ Please, somebody. I’m trying but it has not come to me yet.” 

Just over a month later, indie rock band Wilco has taken a stab.

Just days after a violent protest by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one person dead and countless injured, Wilco posted “All Lives, You Say?” to its Bandcamp page. Fans can buy the track for $1, with all proceeds going to the Southern Poverty Law Center in the name of lead singer Jeff Tweedy’s father, Robert L. Tweedy, who died earlier this month.

Said Tweedy in a statement: “My dad was named after a Civil War general, and he voted for Barack Obama twice. He used to say ‘If you know better, you can do better.’ America—we know better. We can do better.”

Listen to the song below.

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