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Trump Launches Campaign with Anti-American Theme Song

Business tycoon Donald Trump today in New York announced his campaign for president, but in a sign that his staff may not yet be in prime shape to wage a presidential campaign, he used as his theme song Neil Young’s anti-American screed, “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

While Trump surely liked the sentiment of the title, which is also the catchy chorus line, Young clearly means it as irony. His 1989 Bush I – era song includes descriptions of a decrepitude and injustice contrasted with the sarcastic “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World.”

Here are the lyrics:

“Rockin’ In The Free World”

There’s colors on the street
Red, white and blue
People shufflin’ their feet
People sleepin’ in their shoes
But there’s a warnin’ sign
on the road ahead
There’s a lot of people sayin’
we’d be better off dead
Don’t feel like Satan,
but I am to them
So I try to forget it,
any way I can.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

I see a woman in the night
With a baby in her hand
Under an old street light
Near a garbage can
Now she puts the kid away,
and she’s gone to get a hit
She hates her life,
and what she’s done to it
There’s one more kid
that will never go to school
Never get to fall in love,
never get to be cool.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

We got a thousand points of light
For the homeless man
We got a kinder, gentler,
Machine gun hand
We got department stores
and toilet paper
Got styrofoam boxes
for the ozone layer
Got a man of the people,
says keep hope alive
Got fuel to burn,
got roads to drive.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world
Keep on rockin’ in the free world,
Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

Here’s Neil performing the song on SNL. Doesn’t look like he’s celebrating anything.

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30 Responses to Trump Launches Campaign with Anti-American Theme Song

  1. Trump for president, it will be a great show for sure. I haven´t really made up my mind yet about it but is in a way refreshing, he will turn the media and the other rivals upside down. Great fun !

  2. Oh, please. Trump is a hoot! He just amped up the whole race and made it a lot more interesting. And I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss his “not in prime shape” staff based on one song. At the WSJ: “Mr. Trump has built a political organization that rivals or is larger than several other Republicans seeking the party’s nomination. In New Hampshire, Mr. Trump’s political aides have announced campaign chairmen in each of the state’s 10 counties—something no other 2016 candidate has done.”

  3. Anti-American? I disagree. It’s anti-abortion, a call for more employment, a realization of our love for fossil fuels, and more on that theme.
    The Donald says in public what most Americans say to each other in private.

  4. Funny, after reading the lyrics, it pretty much describes how Obama’s “rocked our free world” so far. Maybe Trump should’ve used Billy Joel’s”We didn’t start the fire” ;)

  5. Young also has the dubious distinction of being on the receiving end of arguably one of the most epic “answer” songs in music history, “Sweet Home Alabama.”

    As for the Donald: He’s certainly got the business and leadership acumen that’s been missing in Washington for half a decade and change. The man has made, and lost, and made back again, more money than most of us will ever touch in an entire lifetime.

    And he clearly knows how to run a large organization, in stark contrast to the current boy king. Heck, when Obama ran for the White House in 2008, he’d never run anything bigger than his mouth, and it shows!

  6. After a trip around the inntertubes, the general consensus seems to be – yeah, he makes sense, but ‘they’ won’t vote for him.
    Why can’t we have a serious “citizen” candidate for President here in the US?

    He’s accomplished, intelligent, a straight shooter, and he speaks to us without all the flim-flam or ambiguous spin that the others are so fond of. Is there any doubt that he would uphold our constitution, that he would know how to work with Congress to right some very wrongs, or just that he would never bow to a foreign leader.
    No, no doubt that he would be a real leader, a President who commands respect around the world.

    • Yes, srdem!! I toured the social twits and FBs and both sides are aghast that he’s running. I thought that was a good sign since all politicians are bought and sold by people like Trump.

      I loved the bombs he threw in his speech, he will be a serious candidate and he sure isn’t doing it for the power,money and fame like the current clueless residents. Yes, this will be a fun campaign now :D

  7. Mr. Trump, one not beholden to any, can bring normally taboo career killing topics up and out into the open. In my opinion Mr. Trump will shake up the outhouse. The GOP RINO’s will either show their true colors or get out after Mr. Trump blows their cover. And Hillary, man I wouldn’t want to be in her boots. She will be wishing she hadn’t open her mouth about the hardworking wealthy folks.

    • x2 Wayne.
      This is going to get good.
      The conservative republican field is looking good.
      Note I didn’t say the GOP field.
      Big difference.

  8. If that song truly is anti-American that is is a perfect description of the country today.
    Again, Neil is a man ahead of his time!

  9. I say give Trump a chance.
    He certainly isn’t afraid of any of the others.

    Isn’t it interesting that the most refreshing voices we have heard so far come from people that have survived in the business world, IMO.

    Trump and Fiorina.

  10. I’ve never seen Dana Perino so riled up today on The Five when they were discussing Trump’s candidacy…she’s not a fan.

  11. The Trump campaign staff aren’t the only ones who have been fooled by the catchy song. The radio stations played it a lot after 9/11.

  12. Trump can only harm the GOP’s chances. First, he will suck the oxygen out of the room in the debates. He’ll give the MSM nasty (and quite possibly untrue) soundbites to run about all the other contenders. And if he polls as little as 3 or 4 percent in the summer of ’17, he has enough money to mount a 3rd party run, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he did it.
    It’s disheartening to see naive people who call themselves conservatives touting Trump’s candidacy on social media. Are they aware that when he flirted with running for President in 1999, he said he thought Oprah Winfrey would be a great running mate…or that he’s contributed more to the Democrat Party over the years than to the GOP?

  13. I am not Republican, but if I were, I would vote for Trump over all those other yahoos in a heartbeat. He has enough money to run a campaign without depending upon special interest groups for funding; he doesn’t stride me as being a particularly fundi-vangelical religious nut, and he has experience in running large businesses. Now granted, he has no experience in being a politician, but maybe that’s a good thing. I don’t personally care for the idea of trickle-down economics, the happy place all republicans go when discussing economic policy, but otherwise, considering the other choices, he’s a pretty good option. In fact considering the Democratic choices, he’s not half bad either. I think I’ll keep an open mind.

  14. Irony-We’re “Rockin’ In The Free World Now”. We need somme one with common sense to fix it. I wouldn’t have chose the song but we do need someone besides the same old shite we are being offered.