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Alicia Keys Releases New Song from ’12 Years a Slave’ Soundtrack

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

With Alicia Keys’ new song “Queen of the Field” off the 12 Years a Slave soundtrack, she sings about the struggle of one particular female slave.

While the movie was inspired by the true story of Soloman Northup, a free man in upstate New York, before the Civil War, who was abducted and sold into slavery, Keys’ a spare piano ballad focuses on Patsey, played by newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, who is a slave girl on the plantation where Northup is taken.

Patsey is known for her cotton picking skills, which Keys highlights on the track, singing, “Queen of the field/ Born among cotton/ Life wasted picking/Ignore the screaming.”

But Keys also gets at the heart of this woman’s tragic story singing, “Just a little girl/ Little girl forgotten” who was “Born to cry/ Born to die/ Born to scream.”

Listen to the track on Radio.com

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