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Ian Anderson's Scottish vote song delayed to avoid controversy

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May 09, 2014 | 9:19am EDT

Folk rocker Ian Anderson has recorded a song to mark the upcoming independence vote in his native Scotland, but his producer has refused to release it until after the ballot takes place. Scots are due to go to the polls in September (14) to vote on whether the country should break away from the U.K. to form an independent nation. Former Jethro Tull frontman Anderson has recorded a cover version of traditional Scottish song A Wee Deoch an' Doris to mark the occasion, but a studio producer is holding it back until after the election as he doesn't want to be accused of influencing the vote. Proud Scot Anderson tells the Daily Record newspaper, "(In the song) I'm expressing sadness in a 'farewell drink at the door' kind of way. The producer won't release it until after the vote, as he doesn't want to get involved. I, on the other hand, feel that if it focuses on the enormity of what they are voting on, releasing it would be a good thing. I'm not telling people how to vote, I'm just asking people to think."

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