Neil Young to Trump: Stay Away From My Song

He objects to 'Rockin' in the Free World' during campaign announcement
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2015 6:29 PM CDT
Neil Young to Trump: Stay Away From My Song
Neil Young is a supporter of Bernie Sanders.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Well that was fast. Just hours after Donald Trump triumphantly entered the presidential race to the background of "Rockin' in the Free World," Neil Young has told him to stop using his song. Better yet, a statement makes clear that Young would like everyone to vote for Bernie Sanders instead. His agent tells the Los Angeles Times:

  • “Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin' in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for president of the United States of America."

The Hill thought it was a strange choice anyway, given the way the overtly political song from 1989 criticizes American policy and mocks two phrases championed by George HW Bush at the time: "We got a thousand points of light for the homeless man/We got a kinder, gentler machine-gun hand." (More Neil Young stories.)

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