Maren Morris has pledged her support for the Black Lives Matter movement with the release of “Better Than We Found it,” a new single she has described as a protest song.
On the track, Morris pleads with listeners to make this world a better place over soft country-pop instrumentals. The accompanying music video tells the story of Nashville locals who have been exposed to societal, political and racial injustices that include threats of deportation and instances of police brutality.
A moving message from Morris, dedicated to her recently born son Hayes Hurd, plays out at the end of the video. The singer starts out by describing the current state of the world before promising to be a positive force of change in order to create a better environment for her son to grow up in.
“I wanted to write something to address exactly how I feel right now, and this came together pretty quickly,” Morris shared in a statement. “It’s a protest song. It’s the most American thing to protest and protest songs have been so embedded in American culture: Bob Dylan, Nina Simone. I think the world right now is sort of in a perpetual mourning period and I wanted to have a song that had weight but also had hope. I still have hope for this country and for the future of it, and as a new mother I wanted to promise my son that I’m going to do everything in my power to leave this world better than the one I came into and the one I see right now.”
Morris has dedicated a portion of the proceeds from “Better Than We Found it” to the Black Women’s Health Imperative organization, which creates programs designed to save and extend the lives of Black women.
Watch Morris’ video for “Better Than We Found it” below: