Images from Baltimore filled the news cycle this week. Now music dedicated to the city and all it's going through will soon emanate from Paisley Park.
A publicist on Friday told selected news outlets – including Billboard, USA Today, and CNN – that Prince's newest song is a tribute to the people of the city and "addresses the unrest in Baltimore and the socio/political issues around the country in the wake of a slew of killings of young black men."
FOX 9's Iris Perez outdid those national media, though, by getting invited to Paisley Park this week for what was billed as a rehearsal, but evidently turned into a one-take recording of the song "Baltimore."
When the session with his band 3rdEyeGirl had ended, Prince told Perez: “This is first time we have ever recorded a song live on the soundstage.”
Prince also told FOX the events in Baltimore this week left him with a lot he needed to get out and said he's been mourning the declining health of one of his favorite singer-songwriters, Joni Mitchell.
FOX provides the lyrics to 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)