We Are Family, Sister Sledge

For the year 1979, I decided to choose the song “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. The sisters are really sisters and their last name is really Sledge. This song is a sort of an anthem, both for women, promoting unity, and for several other communities, including the LGBTQ community. It’s a song that praises solidarity in groups that have been subordinated and now have a new lease on life: “Living life is fun and we’ve just begun/To get our share of this world’s delights/(High) high hopes we have for the future/And our goal’s in sight.” It’s a fun and uplifting song with a message of solidarity.

I was read Doris Lessing’s book of lectures called “Prisons We Chose to Live Inside,” and one of her main ideas is that society deals with new positions that may seem extreme when they are first introduced and incorporates them into the status quo. Capitalism seems to be exceedingly good at this, and songs often will be used to promote products that fall way out of what the original intention of the song was. For instance, the song “I Melt With You” by Modern English was used to sell cheese that melts well. This song has been used to sell sugar-free Pepsi, “We Are Pepsi Free”:

Hopefully, the commercial won’t put you off the song too much… It is still an uplifting song and the original video is pretty interesting. I like how the sisters seem to be confident and accepting of who they are and their own unique characteristics, while at the same time, continuing to be a unit:

We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing

We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing

Everyone can see we’re together
As we walk on by
(And) and we fly just like birds of a feather
I won’t tell no lie

all of the people around us they say
Can they be that close
Just let me state for the record
We’re giving love in a family dose

We are family (hey, y’all)
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing (sing it to me)

We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing

Living life is fun and we’ve just begun
To get our share of this world’s delights
(High) high hopes we have for the future
And our goal’s in sight

no, we don’t get depressed
Here’s what we call our golden rule
Have faith in you and the things you do
You won’t go wrong, oh no
This is our family jewel

We are family (hey, sing it to me)
I got all my sisters with me
We are family (oh, I can hear you now)
Get up everybody and sing

We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family (get up, get up y’all)
Get up everybody and sing

We are family (I got my sisters with me)
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing (get up and sing it to me)

We are family

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