“I’m Dreaming” – a new song by Randy: Free download!

“It’s difficult to imagine any other musician so nimbly addressing contemporary America without hiding behind the abstraction that plagues so many songwriters. Forty years after his debut LP, Newman remains in a class of his own. Now as before, no one can touch him.” —Time Out NY

Randy Newman’s new song, “I’m Dreaming” is also available as a free download (see below).

With lyrics from the viewpoint of a voter who casts his ballot solely based on skin color, the song draws attention to something Newman has noticed and written about for 40 years: racism in America. (The complete lyrics are below.) While the song, which Newman performs solo at the piano, is free, anyone wishing to contribute is encouraged to donate to the United Negro College Fund at www.uncf.org.

Newman explains, “No other Western industrialized nation would’ve elected a black president. I’m proud of this country for having elected Obama in 2008. But from the beginning of his term, I noticed a particular heat to conversations that wouldn’t ordinarily generate that kind of passion: The budget, appointments, health care.” He continues, “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. You won’t get anyone, and I do mean anyone, to admit it.

“I often write songs in character. You can’t always trust or believe the narrators in my songs. So why listen? Good question.

“Anyway the guy in this song may exist somewhere. Let’s hope not. Vote in November.”

After starting his songwriting career as a teenager, Newman launched into recording as a singer and pianist in 1968 with his self-title album Randy Newman. His reputation as a songwriter grew quickly, as Judy Collins, Dusty Springfield, Peggy Lee, Harry Nilsson, and Joe Cocker, among others, recorded his work. Throughout the 1970s he released several other acclaimed albums such as 12 Songs, Sail Away, and Good Old Boys. His most recent albums include two volumes of The Randy Newman Songbook, 2008′s Harps and Angels, and a live CD/DVD set from London, released last year. In addition to his solo recordings and regular international touring, Newman began composing and scoring for films in the 1980s.

“I’m Dreaming” Lyrics after the jump

“I’m Dreaming” on Soundcloud
“I’m Dreaming” Lyrics

George Washington was a white man
Adams and Jefferson too
Abe Lincoln was a white man, probably
And William McKinley the whitest of them all
Was shot down by an immigrant in Buffalo
And a star fell out of heaven

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
If he were a

I’m dreaming of a white President
Someone whom we can understand
Someone who knows where we’re coming from
And that the law of the jungle is not the law of this land

In deepest darkest Africa nineteen three
A little boy says, “Daddy, I just discovered relativity.
A big eclipse is coming
And I’ll prove it. Wait and see!”

“You better eclipse yourself outta here, son
And find yourself a tree
There’s a lion in the front yard
And he knows he won’t catch me.”

How many little Albert Einsteins
Cut down in their prime?
How many little Ronald Reagans
Gobbled up before their time?

I don’t believe in evolution
But it does occur to me,
What if little William Howard Taft had to face a lion
Or God forbid, climb a tree?
Where would this country be?

I’m dreaming of a white President
Buh buh buh buh
‘Cause things have never been this bad
So he won’t run the hundred in ten seconds flat
So he won’t have a pretty jump shot
Or be an Olympic acrobat
So he won’t know much about global warming
Is that really where you’re at?
He won’t be the brightest, perhaps
But he’ll be the whitest
And I’ll vote for that

Whiter than this?
Yes
Whiter than this?
Yes
Whiter than this?
Yes
Whiter than this?

Oh yeah

New Randy Newman Song “I’m Dreaming” Available for Free Download

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6 Responses to “Randy Newman: “I’m Dreaming (of a White President)””

  1. Mr.Tuxedo says:

    Newman explains, “No other Western industrialized nation would’ve elected a black president. I’m proud of this country for having elected Obama in 2008. But from the beginning of his term, I noticed a particular heat to conversations that wouldn’t ordinarily generate that kind of passion: The budget, appointments, health care.” He continues, “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. You won’t get anyone, and I do mean anyone, to admit it.

    Absolutely true. The masses can be asses.

  2. wileycoyote says:

    Yes. So all the (moderate/independent) white folks–who voted for him back in 2008–that are now thinking of changing their vote due to incompetence at the highest level are all racists? We should all just vote for the guy because he’s black and because that will make me a better person? Maybe in the Hollywood crowd this line of thinking will guilt some folks during decision time, but here in reality, his color has nothing to do with my changed vote. He’s done nothing to try to change the way things are done in Washington, the only thing that changed are the names of the winners.

  3. Greg0658 says:

    in Facebook people click on pictures/graphics to post to their wall
    this was an exchange:
    “Not a D Not an R
    I’m an American
    and I want my country back”

    me: I’m wondering > from who ? or what ?
    cousin: from all the rule and regulation makers
    ~~
    at the risk of hitting my post limit – thought I’d pass this on .. it made me think – what next to say – so I dropped it

  4. Marcus says:

    You’re spot on, Wileycoyote. I don’t care about color. I care about his politics. I voted for him once, but not twice. He was supposed to bring people together and there’s more finger pointing than ever.

    Meanwhile there is no mention of all the African-Americans who will vote for Obama JUST because he’s black. That is just as much of a crime as the Caucasians voting for a white guy for no other reason than skin color. It just makes me sad.

  5. denim says:

    I voted for Obama to make the economy better than Bush made it. My IRA is proof that he did. If Romney were president, his European style austerity policy would put us right back in the Bush crash era. This is Europe on austerity. Any questions?

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/more-coulda-been-worse-blogging/
    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/25/coulda-been-worse/

  6. wileycoyote says:

    Denim–yes Bernake’s quantitative easing raised stock prices, but the economy is still on very shaky ground and an article from the NY times and a song from randy Newman doesn’t change the fact that we’ve (the actual economy/GDP/UE, not stock prices) been stagnant for 3 plus years and I’m not sure two guys stuck to their party’s ideology are the answer to the problem.