Perennial Oscar nominee and occasional Oscar winner Randy Newman has returned to his satirical roots with a song skewering anti-Obama sentiment called “I’m Dreaming”. Don’t expect to hear this one on a Pixar soundtrack anytime soon; the song — which Newman has made available for free download on his website — goes for cutting rather than cute.
“I’m dreaming of a white President/ Someone whom we can understand/ Someone who knows where we’re coming from/ And that the law of the jungle is not the law of this land,” the celebrated 68-year-old artist sings on the track, satirizing the viewpoint of overt racism against President Barack Obama
He croons about the impending Presidential election in which Obama will go up against Republican candidate Mitt Romney
, “He won’t be the brightest, perhaps/ But he’ll be the whitest/ And I’ll vote for that.” (In other words, you’ll never get Randy Newman mixed up with Ted Nugent
Newman, who said in a statement that he wrote the song in character, further argued, “I think there are a lot of people who find it jarring to have a black man in the White House and they want him out. They just can’t believe that there’s not a more qualified white man. You won’t get anyone, and I do mean anyone, to admit it.”
The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, who penned satirical classics such as “Sail Away” (a song about slavery) and “Political Science” (nuclear war) not to mention his famous hit “Short People”, says a whole lot when he sings, “I’m dreaming of a white President/ Just like the ones we’ve always had.” But he may have said the most when he ended his statement (in which he also encourages fans to donate to the UNFC
) with simply these words: “Vote in November.”
Your move, Weird Al.
Listen to Newman’s biting, politically-charged “I’m Dreaming” here:
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