Madi Diaz, S.G. Goodman & Joy Oladokun Cover Patty Griffin’s ‘Be Careful’ In Support Of Abortion Rights

Courtney Marie Andrews and Savana Santos contributed backing vocals.

By Scott Bernstein Nov 7, 2022 11:54 am PST

With the midterm elections coming in the U.S. tomorrow, Madi Diaz, S.G. Goodman and Joy Oladokun released a collaborative cover of Patty Griffin’s “Be Careful.” Proceeds from the track will go towards Abortion Within Reach Coalition. The organization aims to “make abortion accessible, compassionate and affirming for all identities, and safe for everyone who needs it, free of politically motivated barriers and without cost as a barrier to care,” as per a press release announcing the cover.

Diaz, who produced the cover with Goodman, wrote her own verse to add to the trio’s take on the song from Griffin’s 2002 album, 1000 Kisses. Courtney Marie Andrews and Savana Santos contributed backing vocals.

“I’m excited and honored to be a part of this release because we’re at a moment in American politics where we have to remember and act on the truth that advocating for my neighbors’ rights is my advocating for my own rights,” stated Joy Oladokun.

“To be honest, having to emphasize why the message of ‘Be Careful’ is important at this very moment is tragic within itself,” added S.G. Goodman. “Unfortunately, it’s relevant. The need to plead for a vote ensuring women’s autonomy is relevant.”

Madi Diaz wrote the following about the cover’s genesis:

“When Roe V. Wade was overturned this past summer, Patty Griffin’s song ‘Be Careful’ slipped into my subconscious. It became a mantra of strength that was playing consistently in the back of my heart and mind day in and day out, gently encouraging me to keep putting one foot in front of the other. It became a sort of battle cry directed toward anyone that wants to take away my rights to my own body and my reproductive freedom. You’ve awakened the beast so you better ‘Be Careful.’ This Supreme Court decision affects all of us – ‘All the girls with the washing rags,’ ‘all the girls with the shopping bags,’ any person with a uterus and everybody with their own body. This is about control over another person’s human rights and freedoms – the right of making our own choices about our health and wellbeing. When it was so hard to talk about what had just happened in our country, writing about it felt a little easier, so my best friend, Morgan Elizabeth Peirce, and I wrote our own verse, using the brilliant Patty Griffin’s song as a springboard into our present. It felt good to say and sing something that means so much to us and I’m beyond thankful for this group of wonderful humans for coming together to put all of our voices and hearts on record, printing this moment in time, putting it out into the world and harnessing the power that is born when we unite and work together. I hope that anyone needing to hear this song, hears it and feels a little bit less alone. Vote with that in mind.”

View the “Be Careful (A Patty Griffin Cover)” lyric video below:

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