“Right Here, Right Now” by Jesus Jones (video)

“Right Here, Right Now” by Jesus Jones. I loved this video when it first came out in 1991, two years after the Berlin Wall fell, Eastern Europe had been freed after 50 years of brutal communist subjugation, and the Soviet Union was disintegrating before our eyes.

You had to live through the era to fully appreciate the momentousness of the moment.  The joy.  The hope.

And this song just stuck in my brain at the time. It so encapsulated, and distilled, the moment.

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And I feel a lot like that today after the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and Prop 8.

Here are the lyrics to “Right Here, Right Now” by Jesus Jones, the video follows. Enjoy.

A woman on the radio talks about revolution
When it’s already passed her by
Bob Dylan didn’t have this to sing about
You know it feels good to be alive

I was alive and I waited, waited
I was alive and I waited for this
Right here, right now
There is no other place I want to be
Right here, right now
Watching the world wake up from history

I saw the decade in, when it seemed the world could change
At the blink of an eye
And if anything
Then there’s your sign of the times

I was alive and I waited, waited
I was alive and I waited for this
Right here, right now

I was alive and I waited, waited
I was alive and I waited for this
Right here, right now
There is no other place I want to be
Right here, right now
Watching the world wake up from history

Right here, right now
There is no other place I want to be
Right here, right now
Watching the world wake up from history

Right here, right now
There is no other place I want to be
Right here, right now
Watching the world wake up


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  • dave3137

    You had to live in what was then called “the East” or at least live in Berlin, as I did, before the Wall fell. You don’t “get it” anymore than straight folks, even true allies, can “get” coming out. But as a song that celebrates freedom, this is wonderful. Thanks.

  • FLL

    This is a good day, although the hard work that people do on the bad days make the good days possible. I remember some bad days in June of 2009 when the DOJ wrote their brief defending DOMA. I remember John and Joe writing an excellent analysis and making sure people knew about it. I also remember Howard Dean leading the charge on Rachel Maddow’s show and demanding that the DOJ back down on their infamous 2009 brief and demanding that the administration push for DADT repeal. I think those blog posts and TV interviews had an effect.

    Wake up from history? My standard is recognition of same-sex marriage from the central government of whatever is the largest world power. That recognition ended in the Roman Empire with a bang in 342 CE and begins in the U.S. today. 2013 minus 342 = 1671 years. That’s a long time to wait before you wake up from history.

  • http://borborygmist.influxofdust.com/ Wayne Dyer

    This is the first song I heard on the radio after Clinton was elected in 1992. I remember hearing it walking down Broadway in Seattle that Wednesday morning.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Thank you John for all your efforts, those of your staff and AB for helping to bring to victory an historic mark for civil rights!

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Yep. There are good days :)

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Excellent choice, John.

    I tip my snifter of ultra-rare single-cask scotch (Society of Single Malt Connoisseurs, cask M11/Northern, distilled in 1977, bottled in 1988, 122 proof), to you and this fine establishment you run here.

    Today was a very good day. Not perfect, but damned good.

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