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STREAM: Kevin Devine “Talking Freddie Gray Blues”

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4-6 Kevin DevineIn response to the tragic events that happened earlier this week in Baltimore, Maryland, Kevin Devine used his music to try and get his message across. Devine released a song titled “Talking Freddie Gray Blues,” in honor of, you guessed it, Freddie Gray. You can stream the song and read the lyrics below the jump.

The power and emotion in this song hit me hard me and I was reminded of how powerful music can be in times of social unrest. Less than a minute into the song, I had goosebumps all over my arms.

“The system’s broken/Not breaking/It’s done/I’m talking white privilege blues/I’m talking confession to you/I can’t know what it’s like/To be afraid all my life,” Devine sings alongside a soft acoustic melody. This is an incredibly moving and heart-wrenching song, so go listen to it once or twice. Maybe more. Share it with your friends if you really enjoy it. I know I’ve listed to it over a dozen times within the past hour.

To hear more of Kevin Devine, you can purchase a CD here or you can buy concert tickets here.

https://soundcloud.com/devinyl-records-ny/talking-freddie-gray-blues

Talking Freddie Gray blues
Talking what happened to you
You were just 25
When they ended your life
When “to serve & protect”
Meant break your leg, snap your neck
Meant to kill you, to sever your spine
No matter what, there’s no good reason why

When I’m talking these killer cop blues
I’m kinda talking my family to you
See, my dad was a cop
And his dad was a cop
And my uncles were cops
And my cousins were cops
I’m partly here because of cops
And I love all those cops
And I know not every cop
Is a racist, murdering cop
But this is bigger than the people I love
The system’s broken
Not breaking
It’s done

I’m talking white privilege blues
I’m talking confession to you
I can’t know what it’s like
To be afraid all my life
Looking over my shoulder
Behind each officer, a coroner
Entrenched inequality
No access, no empathy
Crushed in stacked decks
Institutions & death
This is not my reality
I’m afforded the luxury
Of shaking my head
I shut the screen, go to bed
I can turn off what you never can
And watch it happen again and againand again and again and again and again, and again)

Talking these Freddie Gray blues
Talking these Freddie Gray blues

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Angie is a Boston-based music photographer, journalist and marketer. Catch her out and about at local shows and drinking more coffee than is humanly feasible.

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