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Tom Morello Joins Agit8 Campaign With ‘Flesh Shapes the Day’ Song

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Whether it’s with Rage Against the Machine or serving as the one-man act The Nightwatchman, Tom Morello has encouraged his fans to take an active voice in the world. Following that rationale, the guitarist has joined Bono’s Agit8, a campaign that raises poverty awareness as the leaders of the eight wealthiest nations convene for the G8 summit.

Morello’s contribution comes from his vivid composition ‘Flesh Shapes the Day,’ which he penned under his Nightwatchman guise. “The song I’m playing for you now is not for the G8, it’s for the G-rest of us,” says Morello in the video posted below. “[It's] a reminder that the wheel of history is in your hands. It’s what we do or fail to do during our time [that] will determine what sort of world we give to our children.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Morello says that he sees poverty as a “crime” which includes victims and criminals. “The elimination of the world’s worst poverty is one of the crucial projects of our lifetime, to level the playing field so that everyone, no matter where they are born, no matter what their circumstances, has a chance at a decent life, of health and dignity,” explained the musician.

The 49-year-old says he believes in the profundity of protest songs, as they “cast curses at the foes of justice.” Other protest songs that are part of Agit8 campaign include a Mumford & Sons and Elvis Costello rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ and Kid Rock’s take on the Buffalo Springfield classic ‘For What It’s Worth.’

Watch The Nightwatchman’s ‘Flesh Shapes the Day’ Performance for Agit8

 

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