Being a part of this stream of history that continues to write itself is an amazing privilege, but it's not for everybody. Baltimore is a city that is much maligned and dismissed by mainstream America. A grim place of intractable racial issues, corruption, drugs and violence. The true sons and daughters of Baltimore — of any race or economic strata — care little about this but our hearts fill to bursting whenever we hear our song performed, especially here in the city for whom it was written. For this and this alone, that fierce and often unexplainable and irrational sense of pride that we feel for Baltimore, that is why we shout "O!" It's ours. We own it and it won't be copied anywhere else. Good Baltimoreans carry it forth and convey to the world: "I am Baltimore and I am proud!"