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This song deals with the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The line in the lyrics that mentions "The law passed in '64" is the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law was supposed to prohibit discrimination in public places, the government and employment.
The lyrics in this song deal with the need to resist complacency and never resign yourself to racial injustice as the status quo.
The conservative radio host Sean Hannity used this song as his show's theme until Hornsby, a liberal democrat, criticized Hannity's use of the song.
The rapper Tupac Shakur used this as the basis for his song "Changes
," which is a look at racism and urban life from a black perspective.
This song was co-written with Bruce Hornsby's younger brother John.
This was one of Hornsby's first songs and also his most successful.
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