John McCain's 'Raisin' Problem

Country Star Writes, Records First Polished Anthem for GOP Nominee

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Photo: Charles Dharapak
Hey look! John McCain's finally got a polished, professional song for his campaign! John Rich, of country duo Big & Rich, has responded to efforts by Will.i.am and Ludacris for Obama with his own track, and, guessing by an upcoming appearance at Rich's show today, it's being embraced by the presumptive Republican nominee.

And it's titled ... "Raisin' McCain."



Seriously, "Raisin"!? As in a grape that's been left out in the sun to become sticky, shriveled and packed in a box? No, no, this can't be a good association for a candidate who's trying to shake off the perception that he's too old for the job of U.S. president. After reading the lyrics, we're not sure what the metaphor of "Raisin' McCain" is supposed to really mean, but we think it has something to do with a barn or something the bible (thanks Aris!). In the release, Rich doesn't shed much light:
"Senator John McCain is a man of extraordinary integrity who I believe has, and will always, put our country first," said John Rich. "Writing and recording 'Raisin' McCain' is my contribution to his campaign; it's my hope that this song will unite young conservatives, rally support and excitement for our Republican presidential candidate, and ultimately inspire people to vote. ...

"As a songwriter, my job is about turning phrases that energize and engage people across the country. The words to 'Raisin' McCain' are my gift to the campaign, and the song is my gift to America," added Rich.
At least there wasn't any foul language or crude jokes, and it's a perfectly tolerable county-rock song that's available for a free download. He could have done a hell of a lot worse:



"Raisin' McCain" lyrics:
Well we're all just raisin' McCain
Everywhere across the USA
You can get on the train or get out of the way
We're all just raisin' McCain

Well he got shot down in a Vietnam town
Fighting for the red, white and blue
And they locked him up in the Hanoi Hilton
Thinking they could break him in two

He stayed strong, stayed extra long
'Til they let all the other boys out
Now we've got a real man with an American plan
We're going to put him in the big White House

Well we're all just raisin' McCain
Everywhere across the USA
You can get on the train or get out of the way
We're all just raisin' McCain
[Press release]
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