Brad Paisley just dropped the first single from his upcoming album, “Son of the Mountains,” and it features a very special guest: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Paisley released the song, titled “Same Here”, on Friday, February 24, marking the Day of the Dead Anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The song’s lyrics bridge the perceived gap that can exist within countries and cultures.
Paisley sings, “Whatever you talk, everything you think / From the songs you sing to the beer you drink / If you miss your mother and worry about your kids / And love each other like crazy / And you want someone to share your hopes and fears / Same here.”
Zelensky appears about three minutes into the song, and Paisley calls him back by singing about his friend who “seems to be a million miles away” and who has “a bunch of dreams for his country so dear”.
“We speak different languages in our lives, yes, but I think we value the same things: children, freedom, our flag, our soldiers, our people — our greatest treasure — and friends,” Zelensky says. And we are proud of our army that defends our freedom and defends our lives.”
“We are fighting for our children and our parents to stand up for our homes and our families,” Zelensky says to close the song. “There is no difference between our two countries in such values. It is very important to see that in fact – in many things – they are really the same.”
In a press release, Paisley said that “Same Here” touches on the subject of freedom, which he called “our most precious gift as Americans.”
He explained that “the song is grounded in observing life in the United States, and then to people from other countries who speak different languages and to another person across the ocean who is at war.” “We’re starting to realize how similar we are all.”
Paisley continued, “They long for what we Americans already have. It’s heartbreaking to watch this struggle in modern times for freedom, for democracy, and the ability to simply be who they want to be in peace.” And this song is something I hope will resonate with not only my fans and my people in America, but people anywhere who feel a similar desire to be free, safe, and happy. Because I truly believe that as human beings when you take out the banners that define the country we all live in, we all want the same The things “.
Proceeds from “Same Here” will go to UNITED24, a global fundraising initiative to help Ukraine, which Zelensky launched. Paisley is an ambassador for UNITED24.
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