Album: United State Of Mind (2020)

Songfacts®:

  • "Are We Just People" is lifted from the Robin Trower, Livingstone Brown, and Maxi Priest collaborative album United State Of Mind, released in 2020. The song questions if humans have a higher purpose in life, asking in the chorus: "Are we just people, or is there really something more to be found?"
  • This song features in the Muhammad Ali documentary Ali's Comeback, which details the boxing legend's return to the ring after being exiled due to his stance against the Vietnam War. In an interview with Songfacts, Maxi Priest spoke of his pride at being included in the film. "It's an honor and a pleasure to be in anything with Muhammad Ali," he said. "He is an icon! When the opportunity was presented I just knew I had to be involved with the film. 'Are We Just People' will be stamped in that history forever."
  • The United State Of Mind album was released during the height of both COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter protests. Maxi Priest told Songfacts he hoped the album provided listeners with a sense of comfort during this tumultuous time period: "That is the overall goal of this album – it touches all your emotions, all your sensitivities, all your thoughts, especially because of these uncertain times we are living in. This album lends itself to the current climate and it gives people a peace of mind."

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