Randy Newman: Writes satiric 'race' song

Wednesday September 19, 2012

NEW YORK -- 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 -- New man 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 rac ism is well and alive in the world -- and in the current presidential race. He called racism "the great issue of this country."

"I felt that that sentiment exists in the country," New man said in an interview. "I don’t know how many people you can get to admit it. I think maybe zero."

The song was released as a free download Tues day and Newman is encouraging listeners to donate to the United Negro Col lege Fund.

Newman, 68, has won multiple Aca demy Awards, Gram mys and Emmys for composing music for movies such as "Cars," "Monsters, Inc.," the "Toy Story" franchise and the TV series "Monk." He often writes songs from the perspective of a character not like himself. "Short People," the 1977 No. 2 Billboard hit, at tacked short people. And "Sail Away" is a come on from a slave trader to a potential slave.


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