Sheryl Crow said she wrote her new song “The Dreaming Kind” to promote a “sensible conversation” about gun violence.
The 55-year-old singer debuted the song on “Good Morning America Monday that is dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 kids killed along with six educators, in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. (RELATED: Celebrities Attack Trump After Vegas Massacre, Demand Gun Restrictions)
Crow said she wrote the song after the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas in October.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do with it and then suddenly we were presented with the Sandy Hook Promise and the opportunity to have a song for it,” Crow shared. “I said, ‘I just have written this song which is basically about what they went through.'”
Proceeds from downloads of her song will go to the Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit organization started started by several family members who lost loved ones in the deadly shooting, that “uses educational programs to help prevent acts of gun violence before they occur.”
The lyrics of “The Dreaming Kind” talked about turning off the news.
“I turned off the news again tonight…It’s getting hard to watch everyone fight.”
“This is just like a foot in the door to an overdue conversation that has been needed to have happened for a long time,” Crow explained during her “GMA” appearance. “The song was really just a project of love. I have two kids myself. … After Sandy Hook, we all felt everything was going to change, and yet it has not changed. And it’s a heated topic, and people cling to the Second Amendment, but really what we’re talking about with the Sandy Hook Promise is just a sensible conversation about what can we do to curtail what’s happening in this country.”
“When Sandy Hook happened, we knew it was a life-changing moment where we were going to address the idea that not everyone should be approved to own a gun, especially military-style weaponry and yet, nothing happened,” Crow shared with People magazine about her new song. “At some point, the alarm clock has to go off and we have to wake up.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 11, 2017