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    Listen: Sam Amidon and Family Share 1992's "Vote for Me" Ahead of 2018 US Election

    Just in time for the 2018 elections in the United States, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon have shared a performance from a previous election period and their 1992 album, I'll Never Forget, in which a nine-year-old Sam Amidon and his brother Stefan sing Faya Rose Touré's song "Vote for Me." In the song, the Amidon brothers make the case for the younger set, encouraging those can vote to do so on behalf of folks too young to. You can read the lyrics and listen to the 1992 recording below. And if you are of age and registered to vote, you can find your local polling place to vote this Tuesday, November 6, at vote.org.

    Sam Amidon's latest album, The Following Mountain, is his sixth album and his third for Nonesuch Records, following Lily-O (2014) and Bright Sunny South (2013). He can also be heard on the 2017 album Folk Songs, performing with Kronos Quartet. Peter and Mary Alice Amidon can be heard on a much earlier Nonesuch release, Rivers of Delight: American Folk Hymns from the Sacred Harp Tradition, singing with the Word of Mouth Chorus in 1978.

    Vote for Me

    "I'm just a little child, you say
    I don't know what's going on in the world today
    But when I hear the children cry
    I have to ask the reason why

    I would like to bring about a change
    But I'm too young to play the voting game
    Won't somebody hear my plea
    Go to the polls and vote for me

    I say: mother, father, take a stand
    Vote for me until I can
    Sister, brother, take my hand
    Vote for me until I can
    Doctor, lawyer, preacher man,
    Vote for me until I can

    Voting is more than a right you see
    Voting is your responsibility
    Voting is more than a right you see
    Voting is your responsibility to me

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Listen: Sam Amidon and Family Share 1992's "Vote for Me" Ahead of 2018 US Election

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Just in time for the 2018 US elections, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon have shared a performance from their 1992 album, I'll Never Forget, in which a nine-year-old Sam Amidon and his brother Stefan sing Faya Rose Touré's song "Vote for Me." The Amidon brothers make the case for the younger set, encouraging those who can vote to do so on behalf of folks too young to. You can hear it here. Sam Amidon's latest album is The Following Mountain; his parents can be heard on the 1978 Nonesuch recording Rivers of Delight with the Word of Mouth Chorus.

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Just in time for the 2018 elections in the United States, Peter and Mary Alice Amidon have shared a performance from a previous election period and their 1992 album, I'll Never Forget, in which a nine-year-old Sam Amidon and his brother Stefan sing Faya Rose Touré's song "Vote for Me." In the song, the Amidon brothers make the case for the younger set, encouraging those can vote to do so on behalf of folks too young to. You can read the lyrics and listen to the 1992 recording below. And if you are of age and registered to vote, you can find your local polling place to vote this Tuesday, November 6, at vote.org.

Sam Amidon's latest album, The Following Mountain, is his sixth album and his third for Nonesuch Records, following Lily-O (2014) and Bright Sunny South (2013). He can also be heard on the 2017 album Folk Songs, performing with Kronos Quartet. Peter and Mary Alice Amidon can be heard on a much earlier Nonesuch release, Rivers of Delight: American Folk Hymns from the Sacred Harp Tradition, singing with the Word of Mouth Chorus in 1978.

Vote for Me

"I'm just a little child, you say
I don't know what's going on in the world today
But when I hear the children cry
I have to ask the reason why

I would like to bring about a change
But I'm too young to play the voting game
Won't somebody hear my plea
Go to the polls and vote for me

I say: mother, father, take a stand
Vote for me until I can
Sister, brother, take my hand
Vote for me until I can
Doctor, lawyer, preacher man,
Vote for me until I can

Voting is more than a right you see
Voting is your responsibility
Voting is more than a right you see
Voting is your responsibility to me

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Amidon Family: "Vote for Me," 1992

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