‘We’re all in this together” is a strap line that lost a little impact when it turned out that austerity was more for the poor than the rich, time will tell how true it is in its current revival for the pandemic. However, when it comes from Mavis Staples then you can bet your bottom dollar that it’s truly meant as a rallying cry for communal actions.
Produced by Jeff Tweedy and featuring Tweedy on backing vocals and guitar, the song has been put out as a fundraiser for My Block, My Hood, My City – a Chicago organisation ensuring seniors have access to the essentials needed to fight COVID-19.
Mavis Staples has a message of hope to go with the song “everyone is in this together, whether you like it or not. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, what race or sex you are, where you live…it can still touch you. It’s hit so many people in our country and around the world in such a horrible way and I just hope this song can bring a little light to the darkness. We will get through this, but we’re going to have to do it together. If this song is able to bring any happiness or relief to anyone out there in even the smallest way, I wanted to make sure that I helped to do that.”