Manifest – Andrew Bird (2019)

This song and music video feel cathartic, like a breath of reality in the lie we tell ourselves as US citizens. The lyrics are a bit abstract, but it definitely has elements of confronting climate denial, radical politics, and US colonialism.

The name “Manifest” refers to the white supremacist idea of Manifest Destiny that fueled colonialism and genocide in the early days of the US. Hopefully, we can push for a cultural shift that finally dispels that sentiment.

If you enjoy this song, you might like the full album! It’s pretty beautiful and intelligent. It’s been nearly 2 years, and I’m still unpacking some of the lyrics!