This features some snatches of Barack Obama speeches. George confirmed to the London Times October 3, 2008 that he's an Obama supporter, "but the song's personal: it's about addiction, getting clean." He added that the second verse is for Amy Winehouse personally.
The song features a plaintive plea, "Please forgive these crimes against myself." The London Times asked George who he is asking for forgiveness? The singer replied: "Myself, of course – although with my addiction it was only later I realized that I was hurting my family and friends."
"Yes We Can" was something Barack Obama said repeatedly in his speeches as he ran for president in 2008. His supporters rallied around the phrase, and will.i.am produced a popular video based on his speech.