Randy Newman Writes New Satirical, Political Song

Mesfin Fekadu, Yahoo! News, September 18, 2012

Randy Newman is weighing in on the presidential election, and he’s playing the race card through a song he wrote called “I’m Dreaming.”

The piano tune features the refrain: “I’m dreaming of a white president.” It is full of satirical, sarcastic—and signature—Newman anecdotes about someone who votes for the president because he is white.

Newman, who is white, is openly supporting President Barack Obama. He says he wants the public to find comedic relief in the song, but to also know he’s serious about his thoughts that racism is well and alive in the world—and in the current presidential race. He called racism “the great issue of this country.”


The song will be released as a free download Tuesday and Newman is encouraging listeners to donate to the United Negro College Fund.

Newman, 68, has won multiple Academy Awards, Grammys and Emmys for composing music for movies such as “Cars,” “Monsters, Inc.,” the “Toy Story” franchise and the TV series “Monk.” {snip}


Newman said he’s proud of how America has progressed, though, but adds that “there’s a long way to go.”

“No European country would have elected a black man,” he said. “I can’t believe it happened. I think it’s fantastic, like a step on the moon.”


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