Prince’s Guitar Cries For Baltimore, With A Retro Sound & Current Issues (Audio)

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Gearing up for tomorrow’s (May 10) Rally 4 Peace in Baltimore, Maryland, Prince has released the song he made in response to the city’s social unrest. The Paisley Park founder joined his band 3rd Eye Girl for a song that gives focus to the value of art and expression amidst violence, mourning, and pain. Freddie Gray and Michael Brown are mentioned in the song’s verses. Both men died at the hands of police over the last nine months.

Previously, Prince has made hits out of social-inspired tunes such as “Sign O’ The Times.” Notably, “Baltimore” has a feel, with its delivery and percussion, not unlike The Artist’s work in the mid-to-late 1980s. With vocals from the whole band, the record maintains an upbeat posture, despite its message of reflection and hope.

Here are the lyrics, as revealed earlier in the week:

Nobody got in nobody’s way
So I guess you could say
It was a good day
At least a little better than the day in Baltimore
Does anybody hear us pray?
For Michael Brown or Freddie Gray
Peace is more than the absence of war
Absence of war

Are we gonna see another bloody day?
We’re tired of cryin’ and people dyin’
Let’s take all the guns away
Absence of war—you and me
Maybe we can finally say
Enough is enough, it’s time for love
It’s time to hear
It’s time to hear
The guitar play!

Will songs like this help provide additional context and feeling to the issues, or the deaths of Freddie Gray and Michael Brown?

Related: Prince is Hosting a “Rally 4 Peace” in Baltimore This Weekend