Sam Smith changed the lyrics to her hit song “Stay With Me” in honor of a federal law recognizing same-sex and interracial marriages in the United States.
The 30-year-old singer appeared at the White House on Tuesday (December 13) after being invited by Biden to celebrate the ongoing legislative change.
The Respect for Marriage Act applies to same-sex and mixed-race couples in the US and protects their rights as a couple by officially recognizing their marriage.
During the performance, Smith sang “Stay With Me” and changed the usual lyrics from “This is not love it’s clear to see” to “This is love it’s clear to see” to mark the occasion.
“My deepest thanks go to President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden for inviting me to perform at the White House, it was a true honor,” the singer wrote in an Instagram post after the event.
“I felt inspired to change the lyrics,” they said, adding, “Seeing President Biden sign the Respect for Marriage Act was a milestone for freedom of love.”
They continued: “Hopefully just the beginning of the important work that lies ahead to further expand protections for the LGBTQ+, non-binary and transgender communities; and building for a world where love is celebrated regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or sexuality.”
Cyndi Lauper also appeared at the celebration to perform a rendition of her song “True Colours”.
The singer also gave a speech at the event. According to reports from metroThe star wanted to thank the President and said: “For once, our families, mine and many of my friends, people you know, sometimes your neighbors, we can sit back and relax tonight because our families are validated.”
“Because now we’re allowed to love who we love, which sounds weird, but Americans can now love who we love,” she continued.
“Bless Joe Biden and all the people who worked to allow people and their children to not worry about their future,” she added.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/sam-smith-changed-lyrics-stay-with-me-b2245809.html Sam Smith changes the lyrics of ‘Stay With Me’ to celebrate the signing of the same-sex marriage law