John Mellencamp is out on tour right now and just provided his fans with a brand-new song. The song is called "Eyes on the Prize" and is a protest song that hit the airwaves the same day as the 2018 midterm elections.
The music video was shot in black and white and included a look at the long border wall while Mellencamp sings with a black background. There are cuts to scenes with someone going through a box of their belongings as well as a young child with a toy gun and two men handcuffed together.
"Eyes on the Prize" is one of 10 songs that Mellencamp will release on his upcoming album Other People's Stuff. This new album is actually a collection of cover songs that he recorded over his career. Mellencamp said the songs come from albums, compilations, never-before-heard sessions and documentaries.
The song is a variation of a folk song called "Keep Your Hands on the Plow" and Mellencamp first performed it live in 2010 at the White Hosue Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement special. Mellencamp said that fans can expect to hear a number of songs he recorded over the years but had never been put together in one piece of work.
Other People's Stuff goes on sale on Dec. 7. Mellencamp is heading out on tour in 2019 with The John Mellencamp Show. This includes a big show in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 30, 2019, at the Kiva Auditorium (Tickets).