Please explain the meaning of the lyrics of "Love It If We Made It" by The 1975.

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"Love It If We Made It" garnered a lot of attention for being pretty controversial and politically charged. It seems the 1975 wanted it to be something of a socio-political protest. The song brings up some of the ugliest things about society, drawing the listener's attention to our deeply complicated world. While one could probably go into each lyric, line by line, and pick everything apart, we can separate a few of the big points the song is making into a few distinct themes.

The first thing the song comments on plainly in the first few lines is saying controversial things for no reason. Think about some of the most provocative figures in our society; political or otherwise. Often, they say bombastic things sometimes just to draw attention or to rile others up. The 1975 appears to be commenting on what some people do in order to snatch attention quickly. Building on that, there are also a few lines that talk about how a lot of information is actually false and results in distrust:

And we can find out the information
Access all the applications
That are hardening positions
Based on miscommunication.

The song also comments on racial tensions. African Americans make up 34% of the incarcerated population. Many historians and sociologists believe that this has occurred because prisons actually profit off of the justice system's handing down of enormous sentences for petty crimes.

Start with misdemeanors and we'll make a business out of them.

The lead singer of the 1975, Matthew Healy, has been very open about his struggles with substance abuse, so it's no surprise that commentary on drug use appears often in his music. "Jonesing" is a code word meant to indicate that someone was buying drugs.

I got the Jones right through my bones
Write it on a piece of stone.

The song also references many political events, from the refugee crisis to the election of Donald Trump, and, as you can imagine, most of it is negative:

A beach of drowning three-year-olds.

This line refers to the refugee crisis.

Excited to be indicted
Unrequited house with seven pools.

These lines refer to Special Counsel Investigation of Donald Trump as well as his Seven Springs mansion in New York.

Finally, the chorus sounds hopeful, either as a form of optimism or just as a desire for all of us to "make it" through this confusing time in our society.

And I'd love it if we made it
Yes, I'd love it if we made it
Yes, I'd love it if we made it
Yes, I'd love it if we made it.

So, to sum up, the song is hammering in a few ideas: racism, politics, provocative figures and their (sometimes false) words, drug use, and a sense of hope or optimism among our society. This song has a lot to unpack, but luckily, there are a few interviews featuring the 1975 explaining their inspiration for the song as well, as a music video featuring images they may be wanting to invoke.

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