The last time an artist who lives in Canada wrote a song about Portland, it referenced side pieces, Ike Turner and drug lord Griselda Blanco, and featured the line, "Out in Portland/Trying to get in her organs."
This latest one is…a bit different.
On Saturday, Raffi Cavoukian, the beloved children's singer known simply as Raffi, dropped a new track on Twitter celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement and, in particular, Portland's now-famous Wall of Moms.
The "Baby Beluga" singer and longtime activist tweeted that the idea for the song, called "Portland Moms," hit him at 3 am, and it was recorded quickly with an assist from singer Lindsay Munroe and dobro player Ivan Rosenberg. It's a short, simple folk jam, shouting out Black Lives Matter and the Wall of Vets in addition to the song's namesake, with a refrain nodding the nightly protests downtown.
🙏❤️ in solidarity with #BlackLivesMattter, a tribute to the heroic protests vs injustice in Portland and elsewhere: an idea that woke me up 3 am, now recorded. thanks to @LinzMunroe (vocals) and Ivan Rosenberg (dobro). #PortlandMoms #ResistFascism #FloydGeorge #PortlandProtests pic.twitter.com/uzOIQKW056— Raffi Cavoukian (@Raffi_RC) July 25, 2020
Here's hoping this soon becomes an actual protest anthem, perhaps sung at federal agents as an eerie lullaby.
Related: Three Women in the Portland "Wall of Moms" Hold or Seek Elected Office.