Hurray for the Riff Raff bandleader Alynda Lee Segarra is making a bold statement with “The Body Electric,” one of the band’s most vivid songs from 2013’s Small Town Heroes.
“When I was writing ‘The Body Electric,’ I was originally writing it from a woman’s perspective after hearing a murder ballad song,” she tells CMT Edge. “But it’s really grown to be so much more. It comes from reading the paper every day, just feeling like we’re living in a culture that is so violent.”
As the story unfolds, Segarra rescues a battered woman who’s left for dead. It’s a bleak narrative, of course, but an important one.
The song even inspired Segarra to create the Body Electric Fund to raise money for organizations combating violence against women, minorities and LGBT groups. The campaign, which concludes Saturday (Nov. 1), will specifically benefit the Third Wave Fund and the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
“I hope that it just inspires people to just question the way that we’re living and the way we’re treating each other,” she says of the song.
At the Americana Music Festival in September, Hurray for the Riff Raff received a nomination for best emerging artist and performed on the hallowed Ryman Auditorium stage. Before heading out of town the next day, they taped this subdued rendition of “The Body Electric” in the CMT studio. Segarra hopes to create a concept video, as well, to further illustrate her beliefs. In the meantime, she shared a poignant lyric video with Out magazine.
See the CMT Edge live performance of Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “The Body Electric.”