I Can't Breathe
- by: H.E.R.
- year: 2020
H.E.R. debuted a new song, "I Can't Breathe," which she wrote in response to the recent spate of police killings of unarmed black citizens and the swell of protests against police brutality and systemic racism. The musician shared the song during her performance on the iHeartRadio Living Room Concert Series.
The tune itself is somber acoustic blues with H.E.R. leading the way as a lonesome electric guitar and a keening organ alternately bubble to the surface. "Praying for change because the pain makes you tender," H.E.R. sings, "All of the names you refuse to remember/Was somebody's brother or friend, son to a mother that's crying, saying/I can't breathe, you're taking my life from me."
Listen and enjoy below.