Who Has The Right? – Sammy Hagar

sammy-hagarWhen you think about protest songs and musical political statements, the “Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar may not be the first artist that comes to mind.  But on his 1997 solo album “Marching To Mars”, Sammy wrote an anthem for the ages with the little known song, “Who Has The Right?”     Sammy’s tenth solo album seemed like a standard Hagar release with the lead single “Little White Lie” featuring Guns N Roses’ guitarist, Slash.  But as you dug deeper into the album, you listened deeper you discovered a mind-blowing epiphany of spiritual messages wrapped up in Sammy’s familiar guitar heavy rock and roll style.   Songs like “Salvation On Sand Hill” and “The Yogi’s So High” had obvious religious undertones.   “Kama” was dedicated to his daughter and Sammy described it a Sanskrit translation of “love”.   Then came “Who Has The Right?”    Sure hearing a multi-millionaire rock star best known for tequila parties questioning the war mongering spirit that permeates our world, taking on abortion rights, or lamenting about our sad welfare state, may be seen as condescending at first glance, but you can FEEL Sammy’s sincerity and conviction with this amazing lost treasure from twenty years ago.

Here’s a message from the heart, are you listening?
Some things belong to you and no one else
One more life is taken, and that’s one more than God allows
And there’s another on the row shouting out
Who has the right?
Who has the right?

And there’s a war out in the streets that no one is winning
Tell me when did a human life become so cheap
How can we take away what we did not create
Beyond the power of the conscience
Beyond the power of the state
Tell me who, who has the right?
No one has the right

Everyone’s a victim and everyone’s to blame
We are all so different, yet the same
Everyone’s the master of, their own destiny
As long as one of us is chained, none of us is free

How can we take away what we did not create?
Beyond the power of the conscience
Beyond the power of the state
Tell me who, who has the right?
Well no one has the right

 

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