Randy Newman Sings “Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)” for Trump on Fallon: Watch

American treasure reaches back to 1974 for a message to our current administration

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Early in the days of coronavirus, Randy Newman soundtracked our self-isolation with his new song “Stay Away”. Two months later, as the pandemic continues to take a toll exasperated by failed leadership and a restless, stubborn populace, the singer-songwriter has presented another ditty for the times. Only this one was written over 45 years ago; on Monday night, Newman performed “Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)” on Fallon.

Joking that “Mr. President” “is a song I wrote back in the Pleistocene Era,” Newman noted, “But it’s become relevant again.” Taken from 1974’s Good Old Boysthe track was originally written as an address to then-President Richard Nixon, pleading for him to alleviate the financial struggles of those impacted by the recession. Unfortunately, the lyrics have held up for our current POTUS:

“Maybe you’re cheatin’/ Maybe you’re lyin’/ Maybe you have lost your mind/ Maybe you only think about yourself/ Too late to run, too late to cry now/ The time has come for us to say good-bye now/ Mr. President, have pity on the working man.”

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Watch Newman’s virtual performance of “Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)” below.


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