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bon jovi – american reckoning lyrics

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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 d+mn those eight 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?

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

three little words written ‘cross the chest
of a twelve+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