American Reckoning

by Bon Jovi

Duration:
4:41
Released:
Jul 10, 2020
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Lyrics for American Reckoning by Bon Jovi:

Verse 1
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

Verse 2
God damn those 8 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?

Chorus
Stay alive, stay alive
Shine a light, stay alive
Use your voice and you remember me
American reckoning

Verse 3
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?"

Chorus
Stay alive, stay alive
Shine a light, stay alive
Use your voice and you remember me
American reckoning

Instrumental Break

Bridge
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

Chorus
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

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Song Facts

American Reckoning was released in July of 2020, amidst the American ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. This song is surely going to be remembered as it speaks of important and influential moments that have happened during this defining moment.

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