Bon Jovi have released a new song reflecting on the death of George Floyd and the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The lyrics of “American Reckoning” depict the tragic incident that led to the death of the black man in police brutality: “Laying face down in cuffs on the ground // Bystanders pleaded for mercy // As one cop shoved a kid in the crowd”.
The song, written by Jon Bon Jovi, offers a deeply compelling look at current times.
“I was moved to write American Reckoning as a witness to history,” said Bon Jovi. “I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.”
“American Reckoning” will also be on the band’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.
Bon Jovi and Island Records’ net proceeds from the download of the song will support the Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative throughout this year.