Maren Morris is back with a brand new song, reflecting on what she calls the “perpetual mourning period” we seem to be living in.
Written by Maren, along with Jessie Jo Dillon, Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz, “Better Than We Found It” is simply put, “a protest song.” Addressing issues like police brutality, the song is weighty, but Maren hopes that it will also inspire a sense of hope.
“I wanted to write something to address exactly how I feel right now, and this came together pretty quickly. It’s a protest song… it’s the most American thing to protest and protest songs have been so embedded in American culture: Bob Dylan, Nina Simone. I think the world right now is sort of in a perpetual mourning period and I wanted to have a song that had weight but also had hope. I still have hope for this country and for the future of it, and as a new mother I wanted to promise my son that I’m going to do everything in my power to leave this world better than the one I came into and the one I see right now.”
Directed by Gabrielle Woodland, the video shines a light on Nashville locals including two young protest organizers, a young man named Gustavo living in the United States under the DREAM Act, and the family of Daniel Hambrick, a man who was killed by Nashville police officer in 2018.
“America, America divided we fall America, America God save us all from ourselves and the hell that we built for our kids America, America we’re better than this.”
Maren concluded the video with a letter to her young son.
A portion of proceeds will also be donated to the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the first nonprofit organization created by Black women to help protect and advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls.