Green Pajamas: The Red, Red Rose


The other four tracks on this expanded single weren’t written to commemorate Prince, but it’s impossible to hear them without thinking of her. Namely on the folksy opener “If Forever Comes”, where Kelly tells his love he wants to “wrap you in my sweater” to protect her from the world’s storms, and the closing “Raise Ravens”, which, one hopes, the bullies of the world will hear and take heed of the warning: “If you raise ravens / They’ll peck out your eyes”.


In a year where Prince, Rutgers student Tyler Clementi and untold others have been lost in the face of dehumanizing bullying and harassment, the Green Pajamas are doing the important work of celebrating the all-too-brief life of a beautiful soul. Fifty percent of “The Red, Red Rose”‘s profits will go to The Jason Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating education programs for the awareness and prevention of youth suicide.

 

Stephen Haag