Kiana Ledé has shared a moving cover of Pink’s 2006 single, “Dear Mr President.”
The track was initially released by Pink in response to George W Bush’s presidency. For her cover, Ledé changes a few lyrics to reflect the current worldwide protests against police brutality. The singer also calls out Donald Trump’s policies with a new verse that references immigration and LGBTQ+ issues.
“How can you say, ‘No child is left behind’ / We’re not dumb, and we’re not blind / You sent their parents to different places / Then left them sitting in your cages,” Ledé sings. “What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away? / And what kind of man thinks a marriage isn’t right if you are gay?”
Accompanying the single is a video that compiles footage of the ongoing protests, as well as and tributes to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other victims of police brutality. A note at the beginning of the clip states that all of Ledé and Republic Records’ proceeds from the song will go towards the NAACP’s Empowerment Programs.
“Through all the crying and pleading, all the protesting and donating, I wanted to do something that always makes me feel lighter—singing,” Ledé wrote in the video’s YouTube description. “I came across the song ‘Dear Mr President’ by Pink and realized so many of the lyrics are STILL relevant today.”
“I hope this song drives people to VOTE because Trump is a symbol of racism and we are facing the impending doom of his re-election. In order for us to follow through, he needs to be replaced,” she added.
Watch the video for “Dear Mr President” here: