Melissa Etheridge released a song on Wednesday honoring the 49 people who were killed in the mass shooting in an Orlando gay nightclub early Sunday morning. Called “Pulse” after the venue’s name, the song is a touching remembrance that features lyrics like “Everybody’s got a pain inside/ Imaginary wounds they fight to hide/ How can I hate them, when everybody’s got a pulse?”
Etheridge wrote the track while on tour and told Rolling Stone, “I’m dealing with it the way I deal, which is, I wrote a song. That’s how I first started to cope because, as a singer songwriter, I feel very… I’ve done this before. I feel called to speak; to do what musicians do. We’ve been the town criers for hundreds of years. We’re mirrors of society. We want to try to make sense. We want to try to heal. We want to bring some meaning, some purpose. We also want to put it down forever in history. That’s how I’m coping.”
When asked about naming the track after the club, she said there was just something poetic about the name. “You just start thinking about your own pulse,” said Etheridge. “You come up with: ‘Everybody’s got a pulse/ Love will always win because underneath the skin, everybody’s got a pulse.’ It’s the way I’ve always felt about the gay movement, the gay issue. Here we are – people who are loving; we are fighting for who we want to love.”
The rocker says that the song, which can be heard below, will soon be available for purchase and all of the proceeds will be donated to an LGBT charity.