Macy Gray addresses a number of social and political issues in a lyric video for her new holiday song, “All I Want For Christmas.”
In the animated clip, a smiling cartoon Gray strolls through snow. In her winter wonderland, she hopes for things that are intangible, “like free healthcare and gun control.” She beckons people to “immigrate, stop the hate, let’s educate. The more we do, the less we’ll incarcerate” underneath a tinkly melody.
The song also features kids’ voices who share their wishes, including “I just want peace for everybody on earth,” “I want hope for everybody,” “I think I want homes for the homeless” and “I want water for everybody.”
The kids also sing backup on the chorus. “Christmas is here, I know what I want this year. Presents and toys are fine, but I got bigger things in mind,” they sing. “Oh Santa can you swing more love, more peace? ‘Cause that’s what everybody needs. Come save the world with me.”
Santa’s not the only one Gray prods. Towards the end of the clip, she calls out Donald Trump, singing, “That Mr. Trump, he’s an entertaining guy, but let’s face it, really is he qualified?”
Gray released her eighth studio album, The Way, last year.