Song of the Day #3,048: ‘Old Man Trump’ – U.S. Elevator (Feat. Mac McCaughan and Tim Bluhm)

woody_guthrieThe coolest back story of any song in the anti-Trump 30 Days, 30 Songs project belongs to this tune by California band U.S. Elevator.

I’ll let the official intro tell the tale:

In 1950, American raconteur and folk icon ‪Woody Guthrie wrote a song about his landlord. It took over half a century for these lyrics to surface, but earlier this year, Guthrie scholar Will Kaufman unearthed the handwritten lyrics while performing research at the Woody Guthrie Archives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Normally a discovery like this would be notable for the folk set and Guthrie fanatics – but this song, and this year is different. Woody’s landlord was none other than Fred Trump, father of Donald J. Trump, and the subject matter could have been pulled directly from the campaign of 2016.

Now, in partnership with the Guthrie archives and the Guthrie family, Woody’s words have been put to music by California rock band U.S. Elevator; fronted by Johnny Irion who is married to Sarah Lee Guthrie, Woody’s granddaughter.

With a historic and handwringing election just a month away, U.S. Elevator is available to perform Woody Guthrie’s words at Democratic and Progressive events. US Elevator is offering this as a special engagement and not as promotion.

We want Americans to hear what Woody had to say so that we remember that his wisdom – as well as the judgment of our country’s great thinkers, writers, artists, and singers – can protect us from treading dangerous paths.

Pretty cool, huh?

Here’s the song:

I suppose that Old Man Trump knows just how much racial hate
He stirred up in that bloodpot of human hearts
When he drawed that color line
Here at his Beach Haven family project

Beach Haven ain’t my home!
No, I just can’t pay this rent!
My money’s down the drain,
And my soul is badly bent!
Beach Haven is Trump’s Tower
Where no black folks come to roam,
No, no, Old Man Trump!
Old Beach Haven ain’t my home!

I’m calling out my welcome to you and your man both
Welcoming you here to Beach Haven
To love in any way you please and to have some kind of a decent place
To have your kids raised up in.

Beach Haven ain’t my home!
No, I just can’t pay this rent!
My money’s down the drain,
And my soul is badly bent!
Beach Haven is Trump’s Tower
Where no black folks come to roam,
No, no, Old Man Trump!
Old Beach Haven ain’t my home!

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,048: ‘Old Man Trump’ – U.S. Elevator (Feat. Mac McCaughan and Tim Bluhm)

  1. Dana says:

    Wow, those are some prophetic lyrics! Very cool!

  2. VideoSavant says:

    So, when do you start the series on the corrupt, psychotic, lying and greedy pig whose only redeeming feature would seem to be she knows how to operate a vagina?

  3. VideoSavant says:

    Awwww…that’s a shame…

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