Skip directly to content
journal

New Randy Newman Song “I’m Dreaming” Available for Free Download

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2012
    New Randy Newman Song “I’m Dreaming” Available for Free Download

    Randy Newman’s new song, “I’m Dreaming,” is available as a free download below, where you can also watch the accompanying video. With lyrics from the viewpoint of a voter who casts his ballot solely based on skin color, the song draws attention to something Newman has noticed and written about for 40 years: racism in America. (The complete lyrics are below as well.) While the song, which Newman performs solo at the piano, is free, anyone wishing to contribute is encouraged to donate to the United Negro College Fund at www.uncf.org.

    Newman explains, “No other Western industrialized nation would’ve elected a black president. I’m proud of this country for having elected Obama in 2008. But from the beginning of his term, I noticed a particular heat to conversations that wouldn’t ordinarily generate that kind of passion: The budget, appointments, health care.” He continues, “I think there are a lot of people who find it jarring to have a black man in the White House and they want him out. They just can’t believe that there’s not a more qualified white man. You won’t get anyone, and I do mean anyone, to admit it.

    “I often write songs in character. You can’t always trust or believe the narrators in my songs. So why listen? Good question.

    “Anyway the guy in this song may exist somewhere. Let’s hope not. Vote in November.”

    After starting his songwriting career as a teenager, Newman launched into recording as a singer and pianist in 1968 with his self-title album Randy Newman. His reputation as a songwriter grew quickly, as Judy Collins, Dusty Springfield, Peggy Lee, Harry Nilsson, and Joe Cocker, among others, recorded his work. Throughout the 1970s he released several other acclaimed albums such as 12 Songs, Sail Away, and Good Old Boys. His most recent albums include two volumes of the Randy Newman Songbook, 2008’s Harps and Angels, and the CD/DVD set Live in London, released last year. In addition to his solo recordings and regular international touring, Newman began composing and scoring for films in the 1980s.



    “I’m Dreaming” Lyrics

    George Washington was a white man
    Adams and Jefferson too
    Abe Lincoln was a white man, probably
    And William McKinley the whitest of them all
    Was shot down by an immigrant in Buffalo
    And a star fell out of heaven

    I’m dreaming of a white President
    Just like the ones we’ve always had
    A real live white man
    Who knows the score
    How to handle money or start a war
    Wouldn’t even have to tell me what we were fighting for
    He’d be the right man
    If he were a

    I’m dreaming of a white President
    Someone whom we can understand
    Someone who knows where we’re coming from
    And that the law of the jungle is not the law of this land
    In deepest darkest Africa nineteen three
    A little boy says, “Daddy, I just discovered relativity.
    A big eclipse is coming
    And I’ll prove it. Wait and see!”

    “You better eclipse yourself outta here, son
    And find yourself a tree
    There’s a lion in the front yard
    And he knows he won’t catch me.”

    How many little Albert Einsteins
    Cut down in their prime?
    How many little Ronald Reagans
    Gobbled up before their time?

    I don’t believe in evolution
    But it does occur to me,
    What if little William Howard Taft had to face a lion
    Or God forbid, climb a tree?
    Where would this country be?

    I’m dreaming of a white President
    Buh buh buh buh
    ‘Cause things have never been this bad
    So he won’t run the hundred in ten seconds flat
    So he won’t have a pretty jump shot
    Or be an Olympic acrobat
    So he won’t know much about global warming
    Is that really where you’re at?
    He won’t be the brightest, perhaps
    But he’ll be the whitest
    And I’ll vote for that

    Whiter than this?
    Yes
    Whiter than this?
    Yes
    Whiter than this?
    Yes
    Whiter than this?
    Oh yeah

on September 17, 2012 - 2:58pm
Excerpt: 

Randy Newman’s new song, “I’m Dreaming,” is available as a free download here, where you can also watch the accompanying video. With lyrics from the viewpoint of a voter who casts his ballot solely based on skin color, the song draws attention to something Newman has noticed and written about for 40 years: racism in America. (The complete lyrics are here as well.) While the song, which Newman performs solo at the piano, is free, anyone wishing to contribute is encouraged to donate to the United Negro College Fund.

Copy: 

Randy Newman’s new song, “I’m Dreaming,” is available as a free download below, where you can also watch the accompanying video. With lyrics from the viewpoint of a voter who casts his ballot solely based on skin color, the song draws attention to something Newman has noticed and written about for 40 years: racism in America. (The complete lyrics are below as well.) While the song, which Newman performs solo at the piano, is free, anyone wishing to contribute is encouraged to donate to the United Negro College Fund at www.uncf.org.

Newman explains, “No other Western industrialized nation would’ve elected a black president. I’m proud of this country for having elected Obama in 2008. But from the beginning of his term, I noticed a particular heat to conversations that wouldn’t ordinarily generate that kind of passion: The budget, appointments, health care.” He continues, “I think there are a lot of people who find it jarring to have a black man in the White House and they want him out. They just can’t believe that there’s not a more qualified white man. You won’t get anyone, and I do mean anyone, to admit it.

“I often write songs in character. You can’t always trust or believe the narrators in my songs. So why listen? Good question.

“Anyway the guy in this song may exist somewhere. Let’s hope not. Vote in November.”

After starting his songwriting career as a teenager, Newman launched into recording as a singer and pianist in 1968 with his self-title album Randy Newman. His reputation as a songwriter grew quickly, as Judy Collins, Dusty Springfield, Peggy Lee, Harry Nilsson, and Joe Cocker, among others, recorded his work. Throughout the 1970s he released several other acclaimed albums such as 12 Songs, Sail Away, and Good Old Boys. His most recent albums include two volumes of the Randy Newman Songbook, 2008’s Harps and Angels, and the CD/DVD set Live in London, released last year. In addition to his solo recordings and regular international touring, Newman began composing and scoring for films in the 1980s.



“I’m Dreaming” Lyrics

George Washington was a white man
Adams and Jefferson too
Abe Lincoln was a white man, probably
And William McKinley the whitest of them all
Was shot down by an immigrant in Buffalo
And a star fell out of heaven

I’m dreaming of a white President
Just like the ones we’ve always had
A real live white man
Who knows the score
How to handle money or start a war
Wouldn’t even have to tell me what we were fighting for
He’d be the right man
If he were a

I’m dreaming of a white President
Someone whom we can understand
Someone who knows where we’re coming from
And that the law of the jungle is not the law of this land
In deepest darkest Africa nineteen three
A little boy says, “Daddy, I just discovered relativity.
A big eclipse is coming
And I’ll prove it. Wait and see!”

“You better eclipse yourself outta here, son
And find yourself a tree
There’s a lion in the front yard
And he knows he won’t catch me.”

How many little Albert Einsteins
Cut down in their prime?
How many little Ronald Reagans
Gobbled up before their time?

I don’t believe in evolution
But it does occur to me,
What if little William Howard Taft had to face a lion
Or God forbid, climb a tree?
Where would this country be?

I’m dreaming of a white President
Buh buh buh buh
‘Cause things have never been this bad
So he won’t run the hundred in ten seconds flat
So he won’t have a pretty jump shot
Or be an Olympic acrobat
So he won’t know much about global warming
Is that really where you’re at?
He won’t be the brightest, perhaps
But he’ll be the whitest
And I’ll vote for that

Whiter than this?
Yes
Whiter than this?
Yes
Whiter than this?
Yes
Whiter than this?
Oh yeah

Publish date: 
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 09:00
Article Type: 
featuredimage: 
Randy Newman 2012 bw v by Robb Bradley

Comments

Thanks for the humor and placing a smile on this face this morning.

Wonderful, Randy!

As sharp as 'Political Science'. Congrats.

This is so great. Singing what they won't say! Thanks, Mr. Newman

Randy, you might be the most honest man in America, Mark Twain with a piano.
--with love from Canada
(p.s. It's a been a long time since "Political Science." I should tell you it's not so cold here anymore. Sadly.)

From Randy's statements, no one seems to have broken the news to him that Obama is half white.

Randy is still doing it just as he always has. Brilliant!

Brian, it seems nobody has broken it to MR. "Nobody ever asked to see my birth certificate" Rommey either.

And they still don't know their ass from a hole in the ground.

"Half white"? Yes, he is, actually—but, in practice, America has pretty much always operated under the "one drop" rule, with folks dispensing with it only when it's (in)convenient…

Randy Newman has always been one of my favorite songwriters and humorists from "Davy The Fat Boy", "Sail Away", "Political Science", "Rednecks" "Louisiana 1927" to "A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country"...."I'm Dreaming " is right up there with his best. Nobody can say it like RN or any better.

God Bless Randy Newman

Randy...You say it all so well...from life to love. Thanks for saying it like it is again.
Betsy

Is there significance to 1903?

Does the lion represent a white racist's ideas about ruling, like a king?

Well, 47% of the people will like the song and 53% will have no comment.

Davy the Fat Boy all over again. We've come a long way, haven't we.

oh my GOD Randy Newman you are a national treasure

god bless my friend

The song, perfect as always.
Thank you Randy Newman.

So then Mitt wakes up and it's only a dream ..sorry Mitt poor Mitt

Wonderful stuff from Randy Newman! It's been a long time since "Short People", but such songs show your tongue is chic.

Another great song from a real genius of American Music.

Suggestion that you do a link right here on this page for contributions. And you make it possible to give less than the $10 minimum the UNCF requires on their site. I think people would pay what they normally pay for music at iTunes, even $5, but $10 is a little steep for one song.

I Love You Randy.

I find it sad. The Democrats cannot let go of their 'one drop of blood' views, and project their bias and racism on innocent people they consider inferior.

Randy Newman is brilliant, our modern day Mark Twain.

Correction on the lyrics: It's not --

Buh buh buh buh

It's --

Buh buh buh Buh buh buh

Thank you I feel better now.

Randy Newman- Still f*cking brilliant after all these years.
Just dusting off Good Old Boys as dessert.

Love the song, and have loved Randy since his very first LP. However... I don't approve of the choice of UNCF for donations. I think it's a throwback to segregation, and racially-defined institutions should be allowed to die out. I don't think that supporting "traditionally Black colleges and universities," which is their mandate, helps us to transcend racism.

I'm so glad you're not dead. Love you, Mr. Newman.

I have enjoyed Randy from the beginning, unfortunately as with most good artists people like to attach themselves to these humans who speak out and try to take ownership of their voice, can you not just listen and enjoy the moment. If you so desire sing your own............

Oh, 1903 was just before Einstein's theory of relativity, duh.

Love this song. Very humorous!!

Loved this!! So sad that it is true.

But........
I'm voting for a black man
Just like the one we know
I'm sure that he's the best one
Romney's not a worthy foe

I'm voting for a black man
Our only choice this year
But not because of color
His mission is very clear

I can say I work with black people atoward whites nd they can also be very rasist toward whites we see it everyday it's so sad that people of all races are this way .

Maybe racism is relative. What seems racist to one person might not seem that way to another. Some people think the song, Dreaming of a White Christmas, has racist undertones. Others don't. Maybe the lion represents a racist's sense of entitlement that would gobble up or prevent someone from being successful. Slate magazine's writer thought the lion represented something different. Maybe the eclipse represents a racist's fear of becoming insignificant. Who knows. I'm done commenting, I swear.

Lovely song, but the mention in the interview of the US being the only western industrialised country that would elect a black president is wrong. The UK would (well, Prime Minister, effectively same thing).

We have a female prime minister in Australia - the same rules apply here, only with misogyny instead of racism.
Rock on, Randy, there are some of us still listening!

Rare!!!

Thanks Randy, A great song. I just hope everyone gets it.

Gaun yersel Randy

Greetings from England. Some suggestions that this will be part of a new album? We like new albums oer here because then you come oer to see us and all us old boys get a night out at the Royal Festival hall. We don't get out much.

do you think randy newman is dreaming of a white christmas? CPA

Awesome! Thank you for this song - and free download!

Post new comment