Bon Jovi premiered a new song this week, and “Do What You Can” is very much a snapshot of life in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The song’s lyric video was published on YouTube on Wednesday, and features topical lyrics from Jon Bon Jovi reacting to the world around us all during this tough, continually frustrating era.
“Do What You Can” is the second song released thus far from Bon Jovi: 2020, a new album due out on Oct. 2 via Island Records and the 15th album from the band to date. The first, “American Reckoning,” is a poignant, minimalist composition emphasizing Bon Jovi’s lyrics, which touch on the May 25 killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department and the subsequent social unrest and protests we’ve seen in the month-plus since.
Per the Bon Jovi website, these two new songs were added to the original album, made possible by a delay in the record’s planned May release:
Originally set for release on May 15, 2020 was a completed album with a breadth and depth of songwriting, titled for a challenging and pivotal election year. Along with all of America, Jon found himself unexpectedly experiencing a world-altering coronavirus pandemic, followed quickly by the staggering events of George Floyd’s death and the ensuing national movement for racial equality. He knew there was even more to say about 2020.
The pair of new songs join previously released singles “Limitless”:
Here’s the new record’s track listing:
Do What You Can
Story of Love
Let It Rain
Lower the Flag
Blood in the Water
Brothers in Arms