Prince “Baltimore” Tribute Song — LISTEN!
Prince released “Baltimore,” his musical tribute inspired by the killing of Freddie Gray and the protests that followed, on Saturday. See cover art at right, and listen to the new song below.
The track was first announced earlier this week, with the superstar’s rep saying it would be a “tribute to all of the people of the city of Baltimore.” It was recorded earlier this month at Paisley Park in Minnesota, and Prince is slated to perform it live for the first time at Sunday’s “Rally 4 Peace” in Baltimore. The show, intended to be a “catalyst for pause and reflection,” is scheduled to take place at Royal Farms Arena, where he’ll be joined by his group, 3RDEYEGIRL.
The four-and-a-half-minute, up-tempo song includes poignant lyrics, such as, “Does anybody hear us pray?/For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray/Peace is more than the absence of war.” In the chorus, Prince and songstress Eryn Allen Kane sing, “Are we gonna see another bloody day?/We’re tired of cryin’ and people dyin’/Let’s all take the guns away.” The bridge is a chant that repeats “If there ain’t no justice then there ain’t no peace” over and over. With the mention of Brown’s death, and an outro that refers to Los Angeles, Prince seems to be addressing not just violence in Baltimore, but the larger national issue as well.
While a portion of the “Rally 4 Peace” proceeds will go to Baltimore youth organizations, it’s not yet clear if the song will be available to download as a charity single. Furthermore, only Tidal subscribers will be able to live stream Prince’s concert, where attendees are expected to wear grey. In the meantime, listen to “Baltimore” below, and tell us what you think.