Maren Morris’ Letter to Hate

Old Demo Rings True After Dallas Violence

After the unthinkable violence in Dallas on Thursday (July 7) night that killed five and left seven police officers injured, Maren Morris spoke out quickly and carefully about how she felt.

“I can’t read the news without crying,” she posted on Twitter. “Where are the consequences for the cop? My heart is with Alton Sterling’s poor family. We need change.”

And then she said, “And the Philando Castile footage is enough to make me lose it completely. Murder is murder. I know those streets. I know those lights. Dallas, I love you.”

The Texas native added that she wanted our kids to live in a world where a story like this isn’t a weekly occurrence.

And then she was ready with the perfect song.

Dear Hate” is a ballad Morris had written with Tom Douglas and David Hodges shortly after she’d moved to Nashville, and long before the “My Church” singer had recorded what would become her debut album. She shared it with her fans and followers because, as she said, “It seemed appropriate to post today.”

It goes like this:

Dear hate,

I saw you on the news today, like a shock that takes my breath away. You fall like rain, cover us in drops of pain. I’m afraid there, we just might drown.

Dear hate,

Well, you sure are color blind. Your kiss is the cruelest kind.

You could poison any mind. Just look at mine. Don’t know how this world keeps spinning ’round and ’round. You were there in the garden like a snake in the grass. I see you in the mornings staring through the looking glass. You whisper down through history and echo through these halls, but I hate to tell you, love’s gonna conquer all.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.