Neil Young Taunts Donald Trump With a Letter and New Song Suggestion

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Days after warning Trump not to play his songs anymore, Neil Young is taunting Trump with a new song suggestion.

The rock icon has been a vocal opponent of the Trump administration since before he was elected. At his most recent South Dakota rally, Trump played “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Like a Hurricane” for the crowd. Young immediately denounced his music being played.

Now, the rock legend is taking an approach the president may be more familiar with. In a letter to Donald Trump on his official website, Neil Young Archives, the singer lays out his thoughts.

“Although I have repeatedly asked you to please not use my music because it indicates that I support your agenda, you have always played my songs anyway at your gatherings, with no regard for my rights, even calling me names on Twitter,” he writes.

“I did notice that you played my music at your latest rally in South Dakota despite my previous requests. Because you are in charge of the COVID-19 response here in the USA, I will not sue you (as certainly is my right) potentially distracting from your important work at hand protecting and saving American lives,” Neil Young continues.

“With the enormous power you wield on our behalf, I wish you all the best in your critical battle to save American souls from this threat. I know you will do your best for all Americans, regardless of political leanings and I give you my encouragement in your efforts to Unify America.”

“I suggest you listen to my song ‘Looking For a Leader 2020,'” Young continues. “‘The Porch Episode,’ as I believe it would be an interesting addition to your next rally.”

The song Neil Young taunts Trump with is his online concert series filmed by his wife, Daryl Hannah.

“Yeah, we had Barack Obama and we really need him now / The man who stood behind him has to take his place somehow / America has a leader building walls around our house / Don’t know Black lives matter, and we got to vote him out,” Young sings while playing an acoustic guitar.

Young originally wrote the song when former President Barack Obama ran against John McCain. Young, a Canadian-born artist, became an American citizen later that year. You can hear the anthem for yourself at the 17:18 mark in the online concert series at the Neil Young Archives.

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    restless94110

    You have to wonder why a musician of Young’s caliber is intent on proving to the world how petty and mean-spirited he is. It makes me wonder about Neil’s entire artistic output. It makes me doubt him as an artist. It’s remarkable. An artist who has been a multi-millionaire for 50 years is acting like a 5-year old who didn’t get his favorite rattle. What a way to destroy your legacy, Niel.

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      Pauly

      You got the cart before the horse (so to speak). Trump was petty and mean-spirited for deliberately using Young’s music during rallies and campaigning, knowing that Young would object. Young is simply pointing this our and proving a point that Trump is an asshole. Young’s legacy is intact. Trump’s is in shambles, never to recover.

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      Eilo

      WTF are you spewing on about Mr. Stephen Miller? Are you having a twitter block for for fake POTUS? BTW it’s Neil not Niel you DUMB FUCK!

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    Tom Hendricks

    Right now no protest songs are allowed on major USA radio.
    Citizens of this country own the airwaves, corporations just license station. They have a used their power, and blocked dissent or even comment to promote financial gain at all costs.
    Part of the music revolution is to take back radio for the entire country, not profit of anew conglomerates who claim ” I Hurt Radio”

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      Tom Hendricks

      Right now no protest songs are allowed on major USA radio.
      Citizens of this country own the airwaves, corporations just license station. They have abused their power, and blocked dissent, or even comment to promote financial gain at all costs.
      Part of the music revolution is to take back radio for the entire country, not profit a few conglomerates who claim ” I Hurt Radio”
      Fixed auto correct mistakes.