WATCH: Randy Newman Is Dreaming of a White President

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Singer-songwriter Randy Newman has weighed in on the presidential election by taking on one of America’s most contentious issues: race.

“I’m Dreaming,” which weaves together Newman’s trademark fuzzy growl with a lilting jazz piano, looks at the 2012 election from the viewpoint of a voter casting his ballot solely based on skin color. The video for I’m Dreaming has already attracted over 400,000 views on YouTube since it was posted on Tuesday.

“No other Western industrialized nation would’ve elected a black president,” Newman says on his website:

“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.”

Though he’s best known today as the one-man house band for Pixar — he’s penned songs or scores for six of the studio’s animated features, including the Oscar-nominated “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story — Newman’s political satire roots go deep. His 1972 release, “Political Science”, was written from the perspective of an ardent nationalist complaining that the rest of the world is ungrateful for America’s actions abroad. “They all hate us anyhow,” the narrator opines, “ so let’s drop the big one now.” In the fourth verse, he offers to spare Australia in order to protect the kangaroo population and build an American amusement park.

But Newman told Slate.com he’s a bit worried that “I’m Dreaming,” which is also satire, might accidentally be taken seriously:

“In Toy Story, there’s my voice saying, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” and then here’s my voice singing that I want ‘A real live white man / Who knows the score.’ I’d like it to be clearer which side I’m on. Of course, it comes a little late.”

Newman is offering the song for free on his website, but has urged people to donate to the United Negro College Fund.

8 comments
libby.loves.b
libby.loves.b

CAUCASIAN NEWSFLASH!!!!!!! If there is a minority running for president now until I die when an it's time for a new "TALKING HEAD" so to speak, we minorities will always vote for him or her. Sit down old white dudes your  timei s OVER!!!!!!!!  YOU HEAR ME WHITEY< OOOO VEEERRR!!!! OH HOW SWEET IT IS. HAhahaaa! And GOD BLESS AMERICA!! 

Randal Phillips
Randal Phillips

My dog is black and he's more qualified. Doesn't play golf. This vid is fairly dripping with racism and self loathing. Pathetic, really, Randy. Oh, and, BTW, if anyone is voting based on skin color, look no further than the NAACP

irishamrep
irishamrep

Gee that song will really go far, old has been!

jackejack
jackejack

I guess my dad was right. Music rots your brain. Why is race all there is? Why can't I disagree with someone's policies based on the merits of those policies and not the race of the person presenting those ideas? Is your mind that small or maybe,you're the one the one hung up on race.

loususi
loususi

its a sad notion, but i'm a little scared this is the real underlying issue — the one nobody can talk about — that people just can't handle the fact we have an amazing, black president

when will these racial issues finally dissipate? our nation is still sick with this issue — i really thought we might've made some progress as a people to finally think beyond pigment and start to live life as a nation of intelligent adults that understand we're all black, we're all white, we're all whatever race you can dream up and we're all interdependent, we're all the same — can we get better please? as a nation, can we get better?

Mr Black Sheep
Mr Black Sheep

Some basic facts that should not be ignored. President Obama got a larger percentage of the white vote than John Kerry or Al Gore. No Democratic nominee since Johnson in 1964 has won the white vote.

irishamrep
irishamrep

John Kerry and Al Gore lost, Dah!

George Schramm
George Schramm

If you don't think this election is about race, work a phone bank anywhere in the US for a day, hell, for an hour.