Maren Morris has been here before. Writing the wake of the horrific mass shooting at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas which killed more than 50 and injured hundreds, she penned a beautiful manifesto titled “Dear Hate.”
And now as riots unleash violence around the nation, the song is back on her mind.
It all started on May 25 with the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was suffocated on camera by a white police officer, pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly 10 minutes while the man pleaded for air. A few days later Morris remarked on the tragedy, noting the dehumanizing effect of watching another human die on video.
Then this weekend, as protests against police violence descended into violent riots and looting all over the U.S., Morris renewed her observation — this time noting that Americans should strive to make Floyd’s death a force for change. And she knows the perfect anthem to be that change’s soundtrack.
“You were there in the garden, like a snake in the grass / I see you in the morning staring through the looking glass / You whisper down through history and echo through these halls / But I hate to tell you, love’s gonna conquer all,” goes the inspiring chorus.