Listen to Mary Lou Fulton’s powerful new social justice anthem “Not Going Back (I Don’t Think So)”
I want to share with you a new song that I fell in love with today.
It’s called Not Going Back (I Don’t Think So) and it is a powerful social justice anthem performed by Mary Lou Fulton.
Mary Lou and I go back a long way. She was one of my first editors at the Los Angeles Times back in the 90s and became a tremendous mentor and friend. Most of my best early stories were done under her guidance.
She’s gone on to do so many great things after a 20-year career as a reporter, writer and editor at The Times, The Washington Post and several digital media companies. Mary Lou now focuses on uplifting the stories of people most affected by social and racial injustice as a program director at The California Endowment health foundation.
A few years ago, she decided to put her musical and storytelling skills together and began writing songs.
“The idea for Not Going Back came to me as I was driving through the desert after a visit to my hometown of Yuma, Arizona, which borders both Mexico and California,” Mary Lou writes. “I heard a story on the radio about people at a rally saying we should return to the ‘good old days’ and began thinking about what that really meant. I thought of what life used to be like for women, for immigrants like my mom and many others who have struggled for their rights. So I started writing down ideas that became verses that eventually turned into a song.
“There is so much fear in the world, and nostalgia for a so-called simpler time is being used to tap into our fears and divide us. Not Going Back is about calling out that strategy and rising above it, as so many have before us. Music has always played an important role in bringing people together for social change. My hope is that Not Going Back will be sung at rallies, in churches and whereever people come together to fight for a more just world.”
Mary Lou wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the music with Rob Seals. The video is directed and produced by Joe Rubalcaba.
Go to notgoingback.org for free sheet music and to learn more about Mary Lou!