“George Stinney” is from the recent release ‘World On Fire’By
American Blues Scene Staff May 9, 2022Updated:May 9, 2022
In 2022 the Stacy Jones Band celebrates its 20th Anniversary with the release of World on Fire which is quite possibly the groups best album yet.
Stacy’s songwriting has always been genuine and from the heart, singing of real-life experiences. Now with being a new mother, political and racial unrest and a worldwide pandemic Stacy touches some nerves with thought-provoking lyrics.
The true story set to music of George Stinney Jr. (October 21, 1929 – June 16, 1944). George was an African American boy who at the age of 14 was convicted, in a proceeding later vacated in 2014 as an unfair trial, of murdering two young girls, Betty June Binnicker, age 11, and Mary Emma Thames, age 7, in his hometown of Alcolu, South Carolina. He was executed by electric chair in June 1944, thus becoming the youngest American with an exact birth date confirmed to be sentenced to death and executed in the 20th century.
I had just been listening to Paul McCartney talking about the song ‘Blackbird.’ He said, ‘”You were only waiting for this moment to arise” was about the Black people’s struggle in the southern states, and was using the symbolism of a blackbird.’ I had also just learned about George Stinney in the aftermath of the George Floyd tragedy .. two young men who cried for their mama as they were executed by an unjust criminal system. Thinking about George and how young he was while calling out for his Mom stuck in my head. I was rocking my boy to sleep when the first lines for the chorus came to me of this song. We had this lyric video made. And I have been waiting for this moment to share it with you. Thank you for listening.