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Grammy Award winning R&B artist and songwriter Leon Bridges has released an official video for the powerful anti racism song “Sweeter

 

The video - Directed by Leon's longtime photographer and collaborator Rambo - was filmed in Fort Worth, TX because Bridges "wanted to shine a light on the Black community in Fort Worth, and specifically my childhood community from the Southside of Fort Worth. I had my friends and family with me; this is a celebration of our Blackness.” 

 

 

The song was written from the perspective of a black man taking his last breath and feeling his spirit leave his body, was originally written and recorded for a future album, however, in light of current events, Leon and Terrace felt compelled to release the song at once.

 

Photo Credit: Rambo

 

Says Leon,

“Growing up in Texas I have personally experienced racism, my friends have experienced racism. From adolescence we are taught how to conduct ourselves when we encounter police to avoid the consequences of being racially profiled. I have been numb for too long, calloused when it came to the issues of police brutality. The death of George Floyd was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. It was the first time I wept for a man I never met. I am George Floyd, my brothers are George Floyd, and my sisters are George Floyd. I cannot and will not be silent any longer. Just as Abel’s blood was crying out to God, George Floyd is crying out to me. So, I present to you Sweeter."

Leon Bridges - Sweeter (Official Video) ft. Terrace Martin

 

Sweeter Lyrics: 

Hoping for a life more sweeter, 

Instead I’m just a story repeating. 

Why do I fear with skin dark as night? 

Can’t feel peace with those judging eyes. 

 

I thought we moved on from the darker days. 

Did the words of the King disappear in the air, 

Like a butterfly? 

Somebody should hand you a felony. 

Because you stole from me, 

My chance to be. 

 

Hoping for a life more sweeter, 

Instead I’m just a story repeating. 

Why do I fear with skin dark as night? 

Can’t feel peace with those judging eyes. 

 

The tears of my Mother rain rain over me. 

My sisters and my brothers sing sing over me. 

And I wish I had another day, but it’s just another day. 

 

Hoping for a life more sweeter, 

Instead I’m just a story repeating. 

Why do I fear with skin dark as night? 

Can’t feel peace with those judging eyes