Bon Jovi Releases New Song ‘American Reckoning’

On the heels of America’s 4th of July weekend, iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Bon Jovi releases “American Reckoning.” The song, written by Jon Bon Jovi, offers a deeply compelling look at current times. Released today, “American Reckoning” will also be on the band’s forthcoming Fall album Bon Jovi 2020 which takes a critical view of this staggering and historic year. The song is available from Island Records on all digital platforms HERE and 100% of the band and Island Records’ net proceeds from the download of American Reckoning will support the Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative thru December 31, 2020.

“I was moved to write American Reckoning as a witness to history,” said Jon Bon Jovi, “I believe the greatest gift of an artist is the ability to use their voice to speak to issues that move us.”

AMERICAN RECKONING LYRICS

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

GOD DAMN THOSE 8 LONG MINUTES
LAYING 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

STAY ALIVE, STAY ALIVE
SHINE A LIGHT, STAY ALIVE
USE YOUR VOICE AND YOU REMEMBER ME
AMERICAN RECKONING

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

3 LITTLE WORDS WRITTEN ACROSS THE CHEST
OF A 12-YEAR-OLD WHO HASN’T LIVED LIFE YET
AM I NEXT
AM I NEXT

STAY ALIVE, STAY ALIVE
SHINE A LIGHT, STAY ALIVE
USE YOUR VOICE AND YOU REMEMBER ME
AMERICAN RECKONING

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

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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