The Real Meaning Behind Olivia Newton John's The Window In The Wall

Olivia Newton-John and Chloe Lattanzi's song, "The Window in the Wall" dropped the same week of President Joe Biden's inauguration, amidst historic political division in the United States. Political leaders on both sides of the aisle are urging a return to unity, though many Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have argued that there can be no unity without accountability.

Newton-John does not often comment publicly on her personal political leanings, but Lattanzi has been a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump on her Instagram, and has voiced strong support for causes like Black Lives Matter. Both mother and daughter are also passionate about the environment, and Newton-John has a foundation dedicated to researching plant-based cancer therapies. Though not explicitly political, "The Window in the Wall" definitely has a message for our moment.

Whatever the pair's political leanings are, the music video for "The Window in the Wall" definitely doesn't take a specific side. Read on to see what Newton-John and Lattanzi have said about the song, why it fits this moment, and what "The Window in the Wall" really means. 

Olivia Newton-John calls for unity in her new duet with her daughter Chloe

Echoing newly inaugurated President Joe Biden and half of the posts in your Facebook feed, Olivia Newton-John and her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, call for unity and healing in their new duet, "The Window in the Wall."  

"I've always enjoyed singing duets more than singing on my own and when I first heard this song, I knew immediately that I wanted to sing it with my daughter Chloe," Newton-John said in a Green Hill Productions press release. "The lyrics and melody really resonated with me and I hoped Chloe would feel the same way — and luckily she did!"

The song's lyrics include: "Has this world forgotten how to love? Are we blinded by the hate we let inside?" and "Maybe we can see the other side/And find we're not so different after all/Looking for a window in the wall."

Lattanzi said she hoped the message of the song would resonate with people during these turbulent times. "We are all part of the same human race and if we listen to each other, respect each other and love each other — for both our likenesses and our differences — we might just understand each other a lot more," she said.

Accompanying the new song, the mother and daughter duo also released a music video. The video depicts both women, dressed in white, against a serene, natural backdrop. It appears that to Newton-John and Lattanzi at least, this is what peace on earth looks like.