Courtesy of John MellencampJohn Mellencamp will premiere a brand-new song titled “Easy Target” this afternoon when he appears on the Yahoo! show The Katie Couric Interview. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will perform the tune live on the online program, which will air at 5 p.m. ET.
The track then will be made available for purchase as a digital download on iTunes starting at 6 p.m. ET, and also will be accessible via select streaming outlets.
“Easy Target” is described as Mellecamp’s “reflection on the state of our country,” and seems to be commenting on the recent violent incidences involving police officers and black citizens, as well as the U.S.’s history of racism.
The 65-year-old singer/songwriter has posted the song’s full lyrics at his official website. Here’s the tune’s first verse: “Here’s an easy target/ With just one quiet pop/ Shot to hell anyway/ No reason to stop/ In the streets and the gutters/ The cotton fields of this land/ Here’s an easy target/ With a trigger, in your hand.”
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