BON JOVI has released a lyric video for new single “American Reckoning,” which can be seen below.
“American Reckoning” is taken BON JOVI‘s forthcoming album, Bon Jovi 2020, which takes a critical view of this staggering and historic year. The song is available from Island Records on all digital platforms, with 100% of the band and Island Records‘ net proceeds from the download of “American Reckoning” supporting Bryan Stevenson‘s Equal Justice initiative through December 31, 2020.
Jon Bon Jovi comments: “I was moved to write ‘American Reckoning’ as a witness to history. I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.”
“America’s on fire/There’s protests in the streets/Her conscience has been looted/And her soul is under siege/Another mother’s crying as history repeats/I can’t breathe,” Jon Bon Jovi sings in the track, before offering a description of George Floyd‘s death: “God damn those eight long minutes/Laying face down in cuff on the ground/Bystanders pleaded for mercy/As one cop shoved a kid in the crowd/When did a judge and jury/Become a badge and a knee on these streets?”