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The 2012 presidential campaign seems to have generated fewer politically motivated songs from the pop music community than we heard four years ago, but as election day draws nearer, the output is on the rise.
Last week, Randy Newman released “I’m Dreaming” with his take on some unspoken issues at work in this year’s election campaign, and now political rabble-rouser Tom Morello, Rise Against singer Tim McIlrath and System of a Down’s Serj Tankian are sending out a new song, “We Are the 99%,” as a free download.
Morello says the song, which he wrote with McIlrath and Anne Preven, was inspired by the Occupy movement, and he recorded it in time to mark the one-year anniversary of the beginning of Occupy Wall Street last year.