We Fight/We Love

Album: The Renaissance (2008)
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  • This track tells two different stories of a girl in a troubled relationship and a young man who joins the army to pay his college fees and ends up fighting in Iraq.
  • This is a duet between Q-Tip and Raphael Saadiq.
  • Q-Tip explained the "We Fight" half of this tune to Clash magazine January 2009: "That song is about the nineteen-year-old soldier boy here in America who is a bit ambivalent about things and is looking for his center, you know? And he can't really go to university because in this capitalist society you have to pay for almost everything. Abroad they have different views on that-you don't have to buy your way through school. In America you are forced to enlist and after a few years you're able to trade your time in the military for college credit. How wrong can a system get?"
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