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Randy Newman dreams of a white president

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Last time I had the pleasure of interviewing pianoman Randy Newman, he said he thought he was probably done writing about political issues. "I'd have to come up with something that people were missing," he said. "And with Jon Stewart covering a lot of that ground nowadays, there's not as much need."

That was in 2005. And fortunately, it seems that Newman just can't help himself. As another presidential election kicks into high gear, Newman has checked in with a tongue-in-cheek little ditty inspired by...Well, take a look at some of the lyrics and decide for yourself:

I’m dreaming of a white President
Just like the ones we’ve always had
A real live white man
Who knows the score
How to handle money or start a war
Wouldn’t even have to tell me what we were fighting for
He’d be the right man...

Take a listen here; or check out the video here. The song is available as a free download, but Newman is encouraging listeners to donate to the United Negro College Fund. He's also got a few things to say about the song here.

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About the blogger

David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.

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