One weekend after he hosted a party at home in Paisley Park to encourage peace in Baltimore, Prince is taking his “Rally 4 Peace” straight to the source of his concern.
The Minneapolis rock legend announced a “Rally 4 Peace” concert to take place Sunday at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, where racial tensions continue to boil over after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Prince has also written a new song titled “Baltimore,” the lyrics for which were revealed along with the news of the Mother’s Day performance.
In a statement sent by his publicist, Prince said he hopes the concert will be “a catalyst for pause and reflection following the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.”
Tickets for the show go on sale Wednesday at 5 p.m. via LiveNation.com. Prince will be joined by his band 3rdEyeGirl and some guests. As he did with last weekend’s Paisley Park show, he is asking attendees to wear gray in solidarity “as a symbolic message of our shared humanity and love for one another, [and] in tribute to all those recently lost in the violence," per the press release.
The song “Baltimore” has not been released nor performed yet. Here are the lyrics to the song, copyright NPG Records:
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!