This is one of my favorite songs about America. Written during George W. Bush’s presidency, it’s a protest song of sorts. But I think it applies whether you currently love or hate whatever president is in office. Or, if you’re like me, you really like the president at the same time as you have some big criticisms of certain parts of his administration. It’s always nice to dream about something better.

I like this video because Linford of Over the Rhine gives a little bit of an introduction that I think is worth listening to.

Here are the lyrics to “If a Song Could Be President.”

If a song could be president
We’d hum on Election Day
The gospel choir would start to sway
And we’d all have a part to play

The first lady would free her hips
Pull a microphone to her lips
Break our hearts with Rhythm and Blues
Steve Earle would anchor the news

We’d vote for a melody
Pass it around on an MP3
All our best foreign policy
Would be built on harmony

If a song could be president
We’d fly a jukebox to the moon
All our founding fathers’ 45’s
Lightnin’ Hopkins and Patsy Cline
If a song could be president

If a song could be president
We could all add another verse
Life would teach us to rehearse
Till we found a key change

Break out of this minor key
Half-truths and hypocrisy
We wouldn’t need an underachiever-in-chief
If a song could be president

We’d make Neil Young a Senator
Even though he came from Canada
Emmylou would be Ambassador
World leaders would listen to her

They would show us where our country went wrong
Strum their guitars on the White House lawn
John Prine would run the FBI
All the criminals would laugh and cry
If a song could be president

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