The verses are modified, but the chorus stays intact, “People killin’ people dyin’/Children hurtin’, 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 questioning/Where is the love?”
The black and white clip stitches together footage of Will and the American Idol alum and The Voice coach singing, people making the “heart” sign with their hands, footage of protests and social unrest, and sections of Joe Biden’s speech from the Democratic National Convention from over the summer.
Jennifer and Will most recently worked together on The Voice UK during the 2017-2019 seasons.
“These words are an important appeal to bring America back, to restore our humanity, decency, transparency and so many things that have deteriorated during the past three years,” will told the U.K.’s Metro, explaining why he included Biden’s speech in the video.
“We used to be the beacon of Democracy and the lure of ‘the American Dream’ — that if you get a good education and work hard you can build a good life for yourself and your family,” will continues. “It sounds simplistic but we need to get back to this.”
“Racist hate is an alarming level,” he adds. “So many unnecessary deaths, so many people out of work and losing their homes too.”
Watch Will.i.am and Jennifer Hudson “The Love” Music Video