Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe this morning debuted a short, 40-second song called “Future, If Future” — featuring his vocals over minimal electronic accompaniment — ahead of this morning March For Our Lives gun-control events across the country.
He also shared the full lyrics:
Future, if Future, this future is ours
Stunk to high heaven lotus, nerve gas or flowers
We’ve got the obvious, we’ve got the power
Please don’t stare, we’re doing all we can
The song comes as hundreds of thousands of students, young people and others are expected to march in Washington, D.C., and other cities around the U.S. “to demand we end the epidemic of mass shootings” in the wake of the massacre at a high school in Parkland, Fla., last month that left 17 dead.
Hear Stipe’s new song below.