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Sage (feat. Kesha & Chika)
Written by Louie Sebert
Kesha Sebert
Pebe Sebert
Drew Pearson
Chika
Produced by Drew Pearson
Length 2:59
Album Non-album single
Single chronology
Previous Here Comes The Change
Next Rich, White, Straight Men

"Safe" is a song by Sage featuring Kesha and Chika. It was released on October 12, 2018.

Background

Going by his middle name, Kesha's younger brother, Sage, wrote "Safe" during his senior year of high school after the tragic mass shooting in a high school in Parkland, Florida.  He played the first version of the song for Kesha, who instantly felt the power of the track and wanted to help the cause by lending her voice to the song and movement. Chika is an independent female rapper and a friend of Sage's who contributed the verses to finish the song.

The song was released in partnership with March For Our Lives, a non-profit organization aimed at ending senseless gun violence, founded by a group of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida. Together, they urged Americans to vote during the elections of November of 2018 for for candidates who support common sense gun laws.

Kesha tweeted about the song the day before it was released: "I wrote the song 'Safe' with my younger brother @SageSebert after the tragic mass shooting in Parkland,Florida. This song is coming tomorrow in partnership with @AMarch4OurLives. Let's end senseless gun violence."

Lyrics

In a mad man's world, happens every day
I don't understand why the rules can't change
I don't wanna be a moment of silence
I don't wanna be an early grave
When I'm walking through the halls
I don't wanna be brave, I just wanna be safe

We were just looking for a good time
Now it's goodbyes for no reason
Every day gun season, breathing was uneven
People down on knees and everything was a blur
Can't tell you where he was, but I remember where we were
Look, ladies, we can't even have our past-time
We leave our homes and wonder if it'll be our last time

If I die before I wake, please forgive all my mistakes
Know that I was gonna stand for something, something, something
I've got so much life to live, and I've got so much love to give
Please don't take it all for nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing

In a mad man's world, happens every day
I don't understand why the rules can't change
I don't wanna be a moment of silence
I don't wanna be an early grave
When I'm walking through the halls
I don't wanna be brave, I just wanna be safe

Yeah, politicians only slight work
Tell me, what is my life worth?
Mamas look at babies sayin' bye while they in diapers
Used to be afraid of snipers, Boogie Man, Pied Piper
Now we in the street, afraid of rifles
They end up in the wrong hands
Say we shouldn't ban all
Does the right to bear arms trump the right to stand tall?
'Cause the money green as foliage in cemeteries
People up in power cool with laws remaining sedentary
Think I've had enough of it, done just putting up with it
We gotta make a difference, we won't let 'em take another kid
I'm done with it

If I die before I wake, please forgive all my mistakes
Know that I was gonna stand for something, something, something
I've got so much life to live, and I've got so much love to give
Please don't take it all for nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing

In a mad man's world, happens every day
I don't understand why the rules can't change
I don't wanna be a moment of silence
I don't wanna be an early grave
When I'm walking through the halls
I don't wanna be brave, I just wanna be safe

Music video


Sage - Safe ft

Sage - Safe ft. Kesha, Chika

Premiere date October 12, 2018
Director(s) Ben Smith

The music video features a school shooting, in a continuing cycle. The song repeats three times as the whole cycle of the shooting starts again. Each time the song and video replays, there is a slight difference. The signs in the beginning all advocate for gun restriction laws and are urging people to vote. The second time it goes through, it shows the names of victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. The third time it plays, it displays the lyrics at the bottom of the screen.

Video

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