if he was president

By now you must have heard the news: Haitian hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean has declared his candidacy for President of Haiti. (Listen to NPR’s interview here – it’s good.) He has been an outspoken advocate of human rights in his native country. He set up a charity – Yéle Haiti – to help the people after last January’s horrific earthquake. Maybe he can run a country. Whatever else, he can certainly sing. In fact in the wake of his recent declaration, I’ve been wondering why no one has been talking about Jean’s prescient (though we hope not too prescient – see the 3rd line) 2004 song, President:

President

Election time is coming

If I was president,
I’d get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,
and buried on Sunday.

If I was president…
If I was president

An old man told me, instead of spending billions on the war,
we can use some of that money, in the ghetto.
I know some so poor,when it rains that when they shower,
screaming “fight the power”.
That’s when the vulture devoured

[chorus]
If I was president,
I’d get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,
and buried on Sunday.

If I was president…
If I was president…
If I was president…
If I was president

But the radio won’t play this.
They call it rebel music.
How can you refuse it, children of moses?

[chorus]
If I was president,
I’d get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,
and buried on Sunday.

If I was president…
If i was president

Tell the children the truth, the truth.
Christopher Columbus didn’t discover America.
Tell them the truth.
The truth
YEAH! Tell them about Marcus Garvey.
The the children the truth YEAH! The truth.
Tell them about Martin Luther King.
Tell them the truth.
The Truth.
Tell them about JFK

If I was President
[chorus]
If I was president,
I’d get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,
and buried on Sunday.

If I was president…
If I was president.

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