Macklemore is no stranger to writing songs with a purpose that reflect the state of social issues in the country, and he performed his latest such single, “Wedensday Morning,” about the aftermath of the Nov. 9 election, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday.
“When we oppress anyone we oppress ourselves, the greatest gift I’ve ever learned is helping someone else,” the rapper sings over a somber black-and-white background featuring American flags, children, and city landscapes. “And we fight for the people that haven’t had a voice. Fight for the First Amendment, fight for freedom of choice.”
The song’s lyrics offer words of hope, and also touch on issues such as women’s rights and LGBTQ rights. Macklemore has previously tackled these issues in songs like “Same Love” and “White Privilege II.”
The Grammy winner also focuses on his baby daughter, with lines like “Imagine trying to keep your head while your daughter sleeps in bed, and when she wakes up, will the world be the same? Will my girl be afraid in the home of the brave?” Immediately following Donald Trump’s election win, Macklemore posted a moving message on Instagram declaring that “Donald Trump is not raising my daughter.”
Watch the powerful performance below.