Musician and actor Donald Glover aka, Childish Gambino has released yet another single that has everyone buzzing. His animated release entitled "Feels Like Summer" is one of two "summery" songs from his "Summer Pack" ("Summertime Magic" is the other song). Though Glover is hard-pressed to top his earlier summer release "This Is America", "Feels like Summer" is still a pretty impressive piece of work. The animated video continues to rack up views and fans and bloggers attempt to figure out its many hidden messages.
The video features cartoon cameos of 60 + musicians and actors. Childish Gambino, donning tattered clothing casually strolls through his neighborhood on a hot summer afternoon, as all around him, celebrities of all types are busy doing all kinds of summertime stuff. Most notable of the cameos is Azealia Banks looking down from a tree, Dr. Dre, Puffy, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Jay-Z, doing a synchronized dance routine, and Kanye' West weeping in a "Make America Great Again" hat, being comforted by Michelle Obama.
The song itself is very aptly named. "Feels Like Summer" has an airy, breezy cook out vibe. The vocals are resonant and are mirrored by the ambient vibe of the instruments. Listening to it makes you just wanna cool out and have some lemonade. However, if you study the lyrics (listed below), you find that this is not just a feel good tune about happy times. The song has many political innuendos, and the video reflects it. Glover talks about the disappearing bees, the messed up water supply, and wishing the world would make a change. But he manages to do it in a way that feels pleasant.
Good stuff Childish Gambino! What a nice way to cap off the summer!
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You can feel it in the streets On a day like this, the heat It feel like summer I feel like summer I feel like summer You can feel it in the streets On a day like this, the heat I feel like summer (ey) She feel like summer This feel like summer I feel like summer
Seven billion souls that move around the sun Rolling faster, faster, not a chance to slow down Slow down Men who made machines that want what they decide Parents tryna tell the children please slow down Slow down
I know Oh, I know you know that pain I'm hopin' that this world will change (Ooo, I hope this world will change) But it just seems the same (It is not the same)
You can feel it in the streets On a day like this, the heat It feel like summer (I feel like summer) I feel like summer (I feel like summer) I feel like summer
Every day gets hotter than the one before Running out of water, it's about to go down Go down Air that kill the bees that we depend upon Birds were made for singing, wakin' up to no sound No sound
I know Oh, I know you know my pain (woah, no no no) I'm hopin' that this world will change (This world will change, yeah) But it just seems the same (woah)
I know Oh, I hope we change I really thought this world could change But it seems like the same
I know Oh, my mind is still the same I'm hoping that this world will change But it just seems the same I know Oh, I hope we change
Songwriters: Donald Glover / Ludwig Göransson
Feels Like Summer lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.