Several days after releasing another new song from their upcoming new album, Good Charlotte has now debuted the song’s official music video. On Wednesday (Sept. 5), the Maryland-founded band released the soul-crushing video for their latest single, “Prayers.” The song finds the band addressing the recent cop-out excuse of “thoughts and prayers” whenever something negative happens instead of action. The lyrics even take a dig at it in the second verse.
While the song addresses that culture, the video addresses another issue the country is currently experiencing; the constant threat of hard workers being departed by I.C.E. The clip follows a friend of the band whose mother works two jobs and his father works as a mechanic trying to make ends meet. Despite all the negativity from people who are supposed to represent them, the friend and his family are still optimistic and proud to be called Americans.
“The video profiles a real-life friend of the band and his parents as they work hard and contribute to their community even though they are under constant threat of deportation by I.C.E,” the band writes about the new video.
“Despite everything they are up against, they remain optimistic and proud to call themselves American.”
If you don’t shed at least one tear while watching the four-minute clip, then there’s something wrong with you. Check out “Prayers” above.
In keeping true with the subject matter, Good Charlotte announced they had donated all the money given for the music video to RAICES, The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. RAICES is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to under-served immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas. For more information about RAICES and how you can help or donate, head on over to their website here.
“Prayers” will join previously released tracks “Shadowboxer” and “Actual Pain” on the group’s forthcoming seventh studio album. Generation RX is due out Sept. 14 through the band’s record label MDDN/BMG. Generation RX is the follow-up to the band’s first post-hiatus album, 2016’s Youth Authority.