Iowa Songwriter: 'Get Outta Our Town' Kyle Munson of the Des Moines Register and songwriter Jason Walsmith discuss their song which begs politicians to leave them alone. The pair is fed up with political ads, but admits to enjoying the attention on their state.
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Iowa Songwriter: 'Get Outta Our Town'

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Maybe Alaska is having trouble luring presidential candidates, but Iowa? They can't get rid of them. And right about now some residents are more than ready to see the candidates, their staffers and all those pesky reporter types go away.

A pair of Iowans, Jason Walsmith of the band the Nadas, and Kyle Munson of the Des Moines Register, wrote a little ditty, now available on YouTube. It's called "The Caucus Lament."

Mr. JASON WALSMITH (Singer): (Singing) Get outta our town. Get out of my face. You barged into our home with your political race.

COHEN: Jason Walsmith and Kyle Munson join us now from Des Moines. Hi, guys.

Mr. KYLE MUNSON (Des Moines Register): Hello.

Mr. WALSMITH: Hello. How are you doing?

COHEN: So what's the big deal here? Why are you so sick of everybody there in your town?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. WALSMITH: Oh, I don't know. It's totally a tongue-in-cheek thing, you know. We like visitors. I'm just tired of the commercials.

COHEN: The commercials? How bad have they gotten?

Mr. WALSMITH: I don't think you can turn on a TV without seeing a whole string of political ads.

Mr. MUNSON: Yeah. This is Kyle. And you assume that every other phone call is a political, you know, either an invite to an actual event from a live person or a recording of the candidate or one of their, you know, legislative or, you know, elected friends. So it really does go on. They just want a moment of your time.

COHEN: Just a moment. You guys write in your song that the restaurants are full, the hotels are all booked, but you know, think about it. They're filled with presidential candidates. Shouldn't you guys consider yourself lucky that you have the chance to meet some of these people face to face? Not everyone gets that.

Mr. MUNSON: Yeah. This is Kyle. Yeah, we love the spotlight and the chance to really kind of go through this process for the rest of the nation. So yeah, we take that seriously. And it's true, in one sense we wouldn't have any other way, but it kind of started down this road because, well, there is first in the nation fatigue, you know? So you can feel lucky and get a little soured on the whole process I think all at the same time.

But you know, we've certainly seen the whole, you know, the full range of celebrity endorsements, whether, you know, as we mention in the song, whether it's Oprah with Obama or Kevin Bacon here, you know, we've seen - John Mellencamp is going to come play for Edwards on the eve of the caucuses. Jackson Brown played at Roosevelt High School.


Mr. MUNSON: With Bonnie Raitt.

COHEN: Yeah. Seriously, guys, you don't get these kinds of acts anywhere else in the Midwest. I think you should be a little bit more grateful.

Mr. WALSMITH: Yeah, no...

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. MUNSON: You know what? Thanks - thank you for opening our eyes. You're right.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. WALSMITH: I'm sorry.

Mr. MUNSON: We're already starting to right the next song, which, you know, which - in February - it's going to be please come back, we're bored.

(Soundbite of laughter)

COHEN: So come Friday, January 4th, caucuses are over. Everybody's gone home. What are your big plans once your state has been hopefully vacated?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. WALSMITH: Friday, January 4th, I'll be in Shanghai, China.

Mr. MUNSON: Yeah, well - and this is Kyle. You know, and being in the news business, I'm still skeptical that the vote will be decided by then. So you know, the most historic, you know, process in 50 years, and it's so close. You know, I expect I'll probably still be in the newsroom trying to, you know, file stories and count all the votes. So...

COHEN: Kyle Munson and Jason Walsmith are the Iowans who wrote "Caucus Lament."

Mr. WALSMITH: (Singing) Get outta our town. Get out of my face. You barged into my home with your political race.

Mr. WALSMITH: I'm Jason Walsmith.

Mr. MUNSON: And I'm Kyle Munson.

Mr. WALSMITH: And we support this message.

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