Prince’s New Protest Song “Baltimore” Now Streaming Online

As the protests in Baltimore unfolded, Prince sat at his keyboard at Paisley Park’s soundstage in Minnesota and started penning a peaceful protest song, which just hit the web this morning. Click play and ponder the lyrics below. Then get the backstory on the writing of “Baltimore” at MyFoxTwinCities.

BALTIMORE
lyrics by Prince
NPG RECORDS, copyright 2015

NOBODY GOT IN NOBODY’S WAY
SO EYE GUESS U COULD SAY
IT WAS A GOOD DAY
AT LEAST A LITTLE BETTER THAN THE DAY IN BALTIMORE

DOES ANYBODY HEAR US PRAY?
4 MICHAEL BROWN OR FREDDIE GRAY PEACE IS MORE THAN THE ABSENCE OF WAR
ABSENCE OF WAR

R WE GONNA C ANOTHER BLOODY DAY?
WE’RE TIRED OF CRYIN’ & PEOPLE DYIN’
LET’S TAKE ALL THE GUNS AWAY

ABSENCE OF WAR- U AND ME
MAYBE WE CAN FINALLY SAY
ENUFF IS ENUFF IT’S TIME 4 LOVE

IT’S TIME 2 HEAR,
IT’S TIME 2 HEAR

THE GUITAR PLAY! (guitar solo)

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  • Tyriq says:

    Great old school vibe and chill relaxed vibe for a poignant message. Well done. Prince is still the MAN!

  • Paul Tatara says:

    I’m proud to say I saw Prince from the fourth row in Atlanta on the “Purple Rain” tour. He played the greatest guitar solo I’ve ever heard live.

  • Sky says:

    And yet, he has a 14 person bodyguard contingent hired from Academia (Formerly, Blackwater), all who carry automatic rifles, handguns and an assortment of other weapons.

    Is he having his bodygaurds give up their weapons, or are we the ones who are supposed to go first?

  • Declan says:

    Maybe just me, but that riff sounds very like the one from Thin Lizzy’s “Sarah”.

  • OD says:

    1) “Eye” is obv “i” in the lyrics
    2) Lyrics missing, the most important too. In the end the song says
    “If there ain’t no justice,
    there can be no peace.”
    And that’s the best part.

  • Hanoch says:

    In 2013, according to FBI statistics, over 6000 black Americans were murdered, mostly by other black civilians. Where are the “protests” for them?

  • Sharon says:

    If they would only listen !!!!

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