LISTEN: Prince releases ‘Baltimore’ protest song

Posted at 6:57 AM, May 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-11 06:59:22-04

(CNN) — Prince released his anticipated tribute song “Baltimore” on Saturday, calling for justice and peace in the wake of protests decrying the in-custody death of Freddie Gray.

“We’re tired of crying and people are dying, let’s take all the guns away,” the refrain goes.

“If there ain’t no justice then there ain’t no peace.”

Prince was moved by the unrest in Baltimore to record a song critical of the killing of young African-American men, a publicist for the artist said last week. The song mentions Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, who died in police-related altercations.

The song was released the day before the performing artist’s Mother’s Day concert in Baltimore.

Announced earlier this week, the concert is intended to be “a catalyst for pause and reflection” following turmoil the outpouring of violence that has gripped Baltimore and areas throughout the U.S.,” organizers said.