Johnny Schaefer

Johnny Schaefer

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Pop - General | Los Angeles, California, United States
Total Song Plays: 1,280   
Member Since: 2015
   Last Login: 1/6/2020
   Sounds Like: Josh Groban, Michael Buble

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Song Description

This song was written as a reaction to the devastating passage of Prop 8 in california in 2008, which stripped many Californians of basic rights and was later overturned by the Supreme Court. The subdued ballad was sung on hte steps of California's Supreme Court the night before the first trial. We went for an organic, protest movement sound reminiscent of 60s anthems. Upon ultimate granting of marriage equality, a new Celebration Dance Mix was recorded as a duet with Pinay singer Lisa Ulanday and is featured on Johnny Schaefer's Acoustic Remedy album and here on Broadjam.

Story Behind the Song

After California's Prop 8 passed in 2008, stripping basic rights from millions of California citizens, I wrote "It's About Love", a marriage equality anthem. I was privileged to sing the song on the steps of the California Supreme Court the night before the first trial in March of 2009. The anthem was used in PFLAG presentations around the country. Now that the Supreme Court overturned DOMA and Californians can enjoy marriage equality, I have since recorded an up-tempo Celebration Mix with my friend Lisa Ulanday, a straight marriage equality ally from my church choir. George and Brad Takei sent us images from their wedding as to use in the video for the song, which is still on YouTube.


It's About Love-Original Prop 8 Version: Music and lyrics by Johnny Schaefer

There is a man who loves a man
And, happily, that man loves him, back
They honor and cherish one another through the years
If that isn't marriage, well, then nothing is
If that isn't marriage, well, then nothing is
nothing is
nothing is
nothing is
nothing is

There is a woman who loves a woman
And, happily, that woman loves here, too
Together they raise two children, bound by love
If they don't have a family, well then no one does
If they don't have a family, well then no one does
no one does
no one does
no one does
no one does

It's more than pride
It's more than dignity
It's more than you and I
And changing history
It's more than laws
It's more than politics
It's more than poll results
And winning arguments
It's about love
It's about love
It's about love, love
It's so much more
So much more

So let each church decide for itself
And let each person find happiness
For our freedom depends on the stand we take now
(Take now)
Stand up
Get up
Come on
We're free!

Chorus (repeat)

©2008-Johnny Schaefer, Auditory Verve Music, ASCAP

Song Length
Pop - Easy Listening, Folk - General
Tempo / Feel
Slow (71 - 90)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Poignant, Engaging

Subject Matter
Freedom, Liberal, Progressive

Similar Artists
Elton John, Rufus Wainwright
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Johnny Schaefer
Music Credits Johnny Schaefer
Producer Credits Johnny Schaefer and George Riegh
Publisher Credits Johnny Schaefer, Auditory Verve Music, ASCAP
Performance Credits Johnny Schaefer
Label Credits Auditory verve Music, distributed by C D Baby