Songs are a type of narrative and songs have helped to carry narratives into the public discourse of protest. Are songs still important to protest movements? Music has played a central role in the US protest movements for centuries but not recently. In what has become an unusual occurrence, the artist Prince released a new song, "Baltimore," in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray. In the early days of the Baltimore protest, music had a muted role but was used much more often and more strategically in response to the later violence.