There are so, so many better songs for this election season, that will not be heard on any official channels. Here is a list of some contemporary political/election-themed songs (with sample lyrics) that I would like to see on the soundtrack to this election:
Radiohead, "Electioneering": I will stop, I will stop at nothing. / Say the right things when electioneering / I trust I can rely on your vote.
Rufus Wainwright, "Going to a Town": I'm going to a town that has already been burnt down / I'm going to a place that has already been disgraced / I'm gonna see some folks who have already been let down / I'm so tired of America.
Mates of State, "Get Better": Forget all your politics for a while / Let the color schemes arrive / ... Everything's gonna get lighter, even if it never gets better.
Over the Rhine, "If a Song Could Be President": They would show us where our country went wrong / Strum their guitars on the White House lawn / John Prine would run the FBI / All the criminals would laugh and cry / If a song could be president.
Coldplay, "Viva la Vida": Revolutionaries wait / For my head on a silver plate / Just a puppet on a lonely string /Oh who would ever want to be king?
The National, "Mr. November": I'm the new blue blood, I'm the great white hope / I'm the new blue blood / I won't f*** us over, I'm Mr. November.
Derek Webb, "A King and a Kingdom": There are two great lies that I've heard: "the day you eat of the fruit of that tree, you will not surely die" / And that Jesus Christ was a white, middle-class republican / And if you wanna be saved you have to learn to be like Him.
Arcade Fire, "Windowsill": I don't want to fight in a holy war / I don't want the salesmen knocking at my door / I don't want to live in America no more.
Gorillaz, "Dirty Harry": The war is over / So said the speaker / With the flight suit on / Maybe to him I'm just a pawn / So he can advance / Remember how they used dance / All I wanna do is dance.
Ron Sexsmith, "From Now On": Have we been lied to / Best keep our eyes open / From now on / There's no peace of mind / When the war's inside you / It feels like something's broken / Something's gone.