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Bon Jovi releases the American single Reckoning about the murder of George Floyd by the police

Bon Jovi releases the American single Reckoning about the murder of George Floyd by the police

Grammy-winning rock band Bon Jovi released a new charity single called American Reckoning on Thursday.

The song was directly inspired by the tragic murder of George Floyd on May 25 by four Minneapolis police officers.

Lyrics referred to the late 46-year-old who was unable to ‘breathe’ after having had a knee to his neck for ‘eight long minutes’ during a false arrest.

New Music: Grammy-winning rock band Bon Jovi released a new charity single called American Reckoning on Thursday

New Music: Grammy-winning rock band Bon Jovi released a new charity single called American Reckoning on Thursday

RIP: The song was directly inspired by the tragic murder of George Floyd on May 25 by four Minneapolis police officers

RIP: The song was directly inspired by the tragic murder of George Floyd on May 25 by four Minneapolis police officers

RIP: The song was directly inspired by the tragic murder of George Floyd on May 25 by four Minneapolis police officers

“Goddamn those eight long minutes,” frontman Jon Bon Jovi sang.

“Lying down in shackles on the ground / Bystanders begged for mercy / like an agent pushed a child in the crowd / When did a judge and jury become a badge and a knee in these streets?”

Floyd’s death sparked protests from Black Lives Matter worldwide and led to the firing and accusation of officers Derek Chauvin (first degree murder), as well as officers James Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao (complicity).

“I was thrilled to write American Reckoning as a witness to history,” said the 58-year-old Oscar-nominated songwriter in a statement.

'Lying in the cuffs on the floor': Lyrics referred to the late 46-year-old who was unable to 'breathe' after having had a knee in his neck for 'eight long minutes' during a false bill arrest

'Lying in the cuffs on the floor': Lyrics referred to the late 46-year-old who was unable to 'breathe' after having had a knee in his neck for 'eight long minutes' during a false bill arrest

‘Lying in the cuffs on the floor’: Lyrics referred to the late 46-year-old who was unable to ‘breathe’ after having had a knee in his neck for ‘eight long minutes’ during a false bill arrest

June 3 mugshots: Floyd's death sparked worldwide protests from Black Lives Matter and led to the firing and accusation of officers Derek Chauvin (L, second degree murder), as well as officers James Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao (assisting and complicity)

June 3 mugshots: Floyd's death sparked worldwide protests from Black Lives Matter and led to the firing and accusation of officers Derek Chauvin (L, second degree murder), as well as officers James Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao (assisting and complicity)

June 3 mugshots: Floyd’s death sparked worldwide protests from Black Lives Matter and led to the firing and accusation of officers Derek Chauvin (L, second degree murder), as well as officers James Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao (assisting and complicity)

Frontman Jon Bon Jovi said in a statement, “I was moved to write American Reckoning as a witness to history. I believe an artist’s greatest gift is the ability to use their voices to talk about issues that affect us’ (photo last Wednesday)

Justice Charity Reform: Until December 31, 100% of the proceeds from the download support Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative

Justice Charity Reform: Until December 31, 100% of the proceeds from the download support Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative

Justice Charity Reform: Until December 31, 100% of the proceeds from the download support Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative

Postponed: American Reckoning will also appear on Bon Jovi's 15th studio album Bon Jovi: 2020, which Island Records will eventually release on December 31

Postponed: American Reckoning will also appear on Bon Jovi's 15th studio album Bon Jovi: 2020, which Island Records will eventually release on December 31

Postponed: American Reckoning will also appear on Bon Jovi’s 15th studio album Bon Jovi: 2020, which Island Records will eventually release on December 31

“I believe an artist’s greatest gift is the ability to use their voices to talk about issues that affect us.”

Until December 31, 100% of the proceeds from the download support Bryan Stevenson’s Justice Reform Charity, Equal Justice Initiative.

American Reckoning will also appear on Bon Jovi’s delayed 15th studio album Bon Jovi: 2020, which Island Records will eventually release on December 31.

'These Are Troubled Times': On April 20, Do What You Can rockers canceled their summer tour with Bryan Adams due to the coronavirus pandemic

'These Are Troubled Times': On April 20, Do What You Can rockers canceled their summer tour with Bryan Adams due to the coronavirus pandemic

‘These Are Troubled Times’: On April 20, Do What You Can rockers canceled their summer tour with Bryan Adams due to the coronavirus pandemic

Fully recovered graduate: It was a month after the 58-year-old Oscar-nominated songwriter ET told his 18-year-old son Jacob (R) recovered from a 'mild version' of COVID-19 - 'only the gut type' '' (shown on June the 6th)

Fully recovered graduate: It was a month after the 58-year-old Oscar-nominated songwriter ET told his 18-year-old son Jacob (R) recovered from a 'mild version' of COVID-19 - 'only the gut type' '' (shown on June the 6th)

Fully recovered graduate: It was a month after the 58-year-old Oscar-nominated songwriter ET told his 18-year-old son Jacob (R) recovered from a ‘mild version’ of COVID-19 – ‘only the gut type’ ” (shown on June the 6th)

April 20 are the Do What You Can rockers canceled their summer tour with Bryan Adams due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It was a month after Jon (born John Bongiovi) told ET that his 18-year-old son Jacob recovered from a “mild version” of COVID-19 – “only the gut type”.

On Sunday, there are reportedly 3.29 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States that have caused more than 137,000 deaths.

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