[Verse 1: Macklemore]
When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay ‘Cause I could draw, my uncle was and I kept my room straight
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face She's like, "Ben, you've loved girls since before Pre-K!" Trippin', yeah, I guess she had a point, didn't she? A bunch of stereotypes all in my head I remember doing the math Like, "Yeah, I'm good at little league"
A pre-conceived idea of what it all meant For those that like the same sex had the characteristics
The right-wing conservatives think it's a decision And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made, rewiring of a pre-disposition Playing God, aw, nah, here we go America the brave still fears what we don't know
And "God loves all his children" is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book Written thirty-five hundred years ago I don't know

[Hook: Mary Lambert]
And I can't change, even if I tried Even if I wanted to And I can't change, even if I tried Even if I wanted to My love, my love, my love She keeps me warm She keeps me warm She keeps me warm She keeps me warm


[Verse 2: Macklemore]
If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately? "Man, that's gay" gets dropped on the daily
We've become so numb to what we're sayin'
Our culture founded from oppression Yet we don't have acceptance for 'em
Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it
"Gay" is synonymous with the lesser
It's the same hate that's caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment The same fight that led people to walk-outs and sit-ins It's human rights for everybody, there is no difference
Live on and be yourself
When I was in church they taught me something else If you preach hate at the service, those words aren't anointed That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned
When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same, but that's not important
No freedom 'til we're equal, damn right I support it

[Trombone Interlude]

[Hook: Mary Lambert]
And I can't change, even if I tried Even if I wanted to And I can't change, even if I tried Even if I wanted to My love, my love, my love She keeps me warm She keeps me warm She keeps me warm She keeps me warm

[Verse 3: Macklemore]
We press play, don't press pause; progress, march on!
With a veil over our eyes, we turn our back on the cause
'Til the day that my uncles can be united by law
Kids are walking 'round the hallway Plagued by a pain in their heart
A world so hateful, some would rather die than be who they are
And a certificate on paper isn't gonna solve it all But it's a damn good place to start
No law's gonna change us - we have to change us
Whatever god you believe in, we come from the same one
Strip away the fear, underneath it's all the same love
About time that we raised up!

[Hook: Mary Lambert]
And I can't change, even if I tried Even if I wanted to And I can't change, even if I tried Even if I wanted to My love, my love, my love She keeps me warm She keeps me warm She keeps me warm She keeps me warm

[Outro: Mary Lambert]
Love is patient, love is kind
Love is patient (not crying on Sundays) Love is kind (not crying on Sundays) Love is patient (not crying on Sundays) Love is kind (not crying on Sundays) Love is patient (not crying on Sundays) Love is kind (not crying on Sundays) Love is patient (not crying on Sundays) Love is kind (not crying on Sundays) Love is patient (not crying on Sundays) Love is kind (not crying on Sundays)