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Remember when Alicia Keys honored Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” at the 2016 MTV VMAs? She recited her own creed on equality and moved viewers to tears. Well, the singer’s poem is now the latest single off her upcoming album.

Oh, maybe we can love somebody.
Maybe we could care a little more.
Maybe we could love somebody, instead of polishing the bombs of holy war.

The “Girl On Fire” artist has never been afraid to tackle social issues and has spent much of her music career doubling as an activist. As topics of gender, sexuality, racism, religious bigotry, and more plague our world and especially the nation awaiting election day, this song reflects the pacifism that many long for.

Keys performed “Holy War” at a pop-up concert in Times Square and at her annual Keep A Child Alive’s Black Ball event earlier this month. If you weren’t an attendee or one of the TIDAL subscribers live-streaming, you had to wait for the beautiful words and melody of the song even longer.


Luckily, the makeup-free songstress released the studio recording on Friday. “Holy War” is the second single to “Blended Family”—note that “In Common” and “Hallelujah” are only on the deluxe version of Here. It is currently available on the usual range of music streaming platforms: Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, etc. But I’ll do you a favor and just post one here

Yas! This just upped the anticipation for Here, Alicia Key’s sixth studio album out November 4 and available for pre-order until then.