Political Songs: Beyond 'Obama Girl' There's another debate taking place in this campaign: Its rhetoric is musical, and it's happening where presidential politics and homemade music collide. This goes beyond the Obama Girl and the McCain McCutie, into the realm of homemade and heartfelt music.
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Political Songs: Beyond 'Obama Girl'

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Political Songs: Beyond 'Obama Girl'

Political Songs: Beyond 'Obama Girl'

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

There is another debate taking place in this campaign, a musical debate.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

Presidential politics and homemade music are colliding on the web, and now, we're going to take a listen.

BLOCK: And we're going beyond "Obama Girl," which is so 2007.

(Soundbite of song "Obama Girl")

Ms. LEAH KAUFFMAN: (Singing) 'Cause I've got a crush on Obama. I cannot wait.

SIEGEL: And we're going beyond this parody of the "Obama Girl" from the self-described "McCain McCutie."

(Soundbite of song "Insane for McCain")

MCCAIN MCCUTIE: (Singing) Insane for John McCain, hottest old man I've ever seen. Insane for John McCain...

BLOCK: That's right, we're going to move passed those to the latest deeply heartfelt homemade music.

SIEGEL: America's gifted and aspiring songsmiths have set out to find poetry in politics, and their collected works are posted online in video form. There's this one by lawyer Judd Kessler(ph), of Bethesda, Maryland, who, unlike the Obama Girl or the McCain McCutie, performs fully clad seated at a piano in his home. His is a sincere ode to John McCain.

Mr. JUDD KESSLER: (Singing) We know you fought and suffered. Not to have a hero's day. But because you love America and cherish freedom's flame.

BLOCK: Old fashioned sentiments like that are not the most common offering in the online tin pan alley. Bobby Jennings(ph) has written a song with a simple message about one candidate.

Mr. BOBBY JENNINGS: (Singing) I love Barack Obama, Barack Obama, Barack Obama. I love Barack Obama, I want him to be the president.

SIEGEL: And we're not sure of the intentions of brothers Hank and John Greene(ph), with their entry into the presidential candidate songfest called the "Obama Llama" song.

(Soundbite of song "Obama Llama")

Unidentified Man #1: (Singing) One Obama, two Obama, tree Obama, four Obama, hot Obama, vote Barack Obama, wish him luck. Hang with Ludacris Obama, Jewish yarmulkah Obama, he'll be our next president, Obama Llama duck.

BLOCK: The Republican vice presidential candidate has gotten her share of musical salutes, too. There is this "You Go Gal" country tune.

(Soundbite of song, "You Go Gal")

Unidentified Man #2: (Singing) Well, they call her Sarah Barracuda. Pit bull with lipstick, but she's much cuter, a hot chick, from the coldest state.

SIEGEL: And there is this biographical and not entirely sincere effort, "The Ballad of Sarah Palin."

(Soundbite of song "The Ballad of Sarah Palin")

Unidentified Men: (Singing) Now she lives in the coldest state. Her husband took her fishing on their very first date. They got married and have five kids, she was doing politics while he was catching squids. Sarah, Sarah Palin, Queen of the Alaskan Frontier.

BLOCK: We could go on, but we'll spare you the realm where political musical discourse gets nasty. So, we'll stop here and simply mention the dirth of songs about Joe Biden. There is this one.

(Soundbite of song, "Fightin' Joe Biden")

Unidentified Men: (Singing) We're fighting Joe Biden, we're bringing him down, we're taking him out of Murfreesboro town.

SIEGEL: But, to be fair, that one comes from the primary season when Joe Biden was still running for the upper half of the Democratic ticket.

BLOCK: There may, in fact, be more Joe Biden songs out there, but we haven't found any, so far. And it's hard to say if that's a good or bad thing for the Delaware senator.

(Soundbite of song, "Fightin' Joe Biden")

SIEGEL: You can find links to some of those YouTube videos, including the songs "Obama Llama" and "Sarah Barracuda" at nprmusic.org.

BLOCK: And you're listening to All Things Considered from NPR News.

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