"It’s heartbreaking watching this struggle in modern times for freedom and democracy and the ability to just simply be who they want to be in peace."
Brad Paisley has unveiled a striking new single, Same Here, featuring the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Proceeds from the song will go to UNITED24's Rebuild Ukraine program, which Zelenskyy launched last year. Paisley was named an ambassador of UNITED24 last month.
Same Here is a mostly acoustic number featuring poignant observations of an ordinary person living in California and how that life shouldn't be any different from a person living in Ukraine - "tell me, is there a bar on your corner where you buy each other beers and solve all the world’s problems? Same here," Paisley sings in the first verse.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy's verse comes in the form of a phone call with Paisley, where he tells the country music legend, "We speak different languages now in our life, yes, but I think we appreciate the same things: children, freedom, our flag, our soldiers, our people — the biggest treasure we have, and friends. And we’re proud of our army, who defend our freedom and who defend our life."
In a press release about Same Here (via The Hill), Paisley explained, "The song is grounded in observing life in the United States, then to people from other countries who speak different languages and to one across the ocean that’s at war. We start to realize how similar we all are.
"It’s heartbreaking watching this struggle in modern times for freedom and democracy and the ability to just simply be who they want to be in peace," he continued.
"And this song is something that I hope resonates not only with my fans and people in America but people anywhere that feel a similar desire to be free and safe and happy. Because I really do believe that as human beings, when you take away the banners that determine what country we all live in, we all want the same things."
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