American Reckoning, single engagé

Courant juillet, Jon Bon Jovi  explique la genèse de ce nouveau single au travers d’un communiqué :

“ça me semblait nécessaire d’écrire American Reckoning pour témoigner de l’histoire. Je pense que le plus grand don d’un artiste est d’utiliser sa voix pour parler des problèmes qui nous touchent tous.”

Ainsi ce nouveau single évoque la mort de George Floyd et les émeutes qui ont suivies. Il sera présent sur le prochain album Bon Jovi 2020

Les paroles d’American reckoning

America’s on fire
There’s protests in the street
Her conscience has been looted
And her soul is under siege
Another mother’s crying
As history repeats
I can’t breathe
God damn those eight long minutes
Lying face-down in cuffs on the ground
Bystanders pleaded for mercy
As one cop shoved a kid in the crowd
When did a judge and a jury
Become a badge and a knee
On these streets?
Stay alive, stay alive
Shine a light, stay alive
Use your voice and you remember me
American reckoning
I’ll never know what it’s like
To walk a mile in his shoes
And I’ll never have to have the talk
So it don’t happen to you
Three little words written ‘cross the chest
Of a twelve-year-old who hasn’t lived life yet
“Am I next?” “Am I next?”
Stay alive, stay alive
Shine a light, stay alive
Use your…
Is this a moment or movement?
Is this the tide or a flood?
Is our American reckoning
Our story written in blood?
Or in love?
Or in peace?
Stay alive, stay alive
Shine a light, stay alive
Use your voice and you remember me
Stay alive, stay alive
Shine a light, stay alive
Use your voice and you remember me
American reckoning
In our American reckoning