Baltimore

Album: HITNRUN Phase Two (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • Prince wrote and recorded this protest song following the death in Baltimore of Freddie Gray whilst in police custody. The 25-year-old African-American passed away after suffering an unexplained spinal cord injury. Prince shared the tune ahead of his Rally 4 Peace concert in Baltimore on May 10, 2015.
  • The opening lyrics are:

    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


    The passing away of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015 whilst in police custody was the latest of a slew of killings of young African-American men. His death set off protests, riots and a state of emergency declaration in Baltimore.
  • Detroit-born, Chicago-based artist Eryn Allen Kane provides guest vocals. She also sung on Chance the Rapper's "Arthur's Song" and Towkio & Chance's "Heaven Only Knows." "He (Prince) took me under his beautiful, tiny wing," she said of the experience.

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