Neil Young wrote a letter to President Trump and updated the lyrics to one of his famous songs just days after he rejected the President’s use of his music during a July 4 event in the tracks from Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
The Canadian-born rock star criticized Trump in an open letter posted on his archival website on Monday denouncing the president for using his music and urging him to play on an updated version of 2020 from his album “Looking for a Leader,” which was originally released in 2006.
“Although I have asked you several times not to use my music as it indicates that I support your program, you have always played my songs anyway during your gatherings, regardless of my rights, even when calling me names on Twitter, ”started Young. in the open letter titled “A Letter to President Trump”.
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Young said he knew Trump had used his music at his “last rally in Dakota despite my previous requests”, but said he would not “chase” Trump due to the fact that he was “in charge of the COVID 19 response here in the United States. . ”
The interpreter of “Rockin ‘in the Free World” argued that he did not want a legal fight to disturb the “important work to be done to protect and save American lives”.
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Young, 74, previously complained about the Trump campaign using the same song at least twice before – in 2015 and 2018.
« DT [Donald Trump] doesn’t have my permission to use the song “Rockin ‘in the free world” during his appearances, “Young told Rolling Stone magazine in 2018.” Legally he has the right, but that goes against of my wishes. ”
After Young complained in 2015, Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told Fox News that the campaign had legally obtained the rights to use Young’s song.
“Through a license agreement with ASCAP, Mr. Trump’s campaign paid for and obtained the legal right to use the recording of” Rockin “in the free world by Neil Young,” “Lewandowski told the ‘time. “However, there are many other songs to choose from. Despite Neil’s divergent political views, Mr. Trump loves him very much. ”
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Meanwhile, in the updated version of Young’s song “Looking for a Leader”, the youngster criticized Trump as “scared of his own shadow” and offered his approval to the alleged Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden .
“Yes, we had Barack Obama, and we really need him now. The man who was standing behind him has to take his place in a way, ”says Young. “America has a leader who builds walls around our house. I do not know if the life of black people is important, and we must eliminate it. ”
Young became a US citizen in January and after receiving his new status, he saluted the American flag and urged his 121,000 supporters to exercise their right to vote.
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“I am happy to announce that I am !! Young captioned the January 22 photo. “Vote your conscience. ”
Fox News’ Dom Calicchio and Tyler McCarthy contributed to the report.