YOU GOTTA GET OUT OF THE RACE – Trafidlo & Caron

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A little offering detailing some of the more obvious reasons why You-Know-Who should step out of the 2024 presidential race. Aside from the fact that he’s not qualified to run, but that’s an issue for the courts. If you hadn’t guessed, it’s a parody of We Gotta Get Out of This Place (Barry Mann / Cynthia Weil) originally recorded by The Animals. Lyrics by Greg Trafidlo – Performance and video by Don Caron
Executive Producers Don Caron and Jerry Pender




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LYRICS
By Greg Trafidlo

You may ask why you’re in big trouble
Filling court dates, records show
Here’s a list that grows and grows and grows

At the trial you were shown a photo
You told the lawyers, “That’s my wife.”
And you’ve not seen E. Jean Carrol in your life.

You were shown a photo
You said, “That’s my wife!”
But it was E. Jean Carrol!

You gotta get out of the race
If it’s the last thing you ever do
You gotta get out of this race
If you don’t, Democracy is through

Take a look at fake electors
You pressured voters in each state
Did your best to outdo Watergate

That insurrection you incited
Knowing they’re inflamed and armed
‘Showed no concern if Pence was harmed

That insurrection you tried
Knowing they were inflamed

You gotta get out of the race
If it’s the last thing you ever do
You gotta get out of this race
If you don’t, Democracy is through

Top Secret Files at Mar-A-Lago
None of them belonged to you
It’s a lesson you’ll learn, when Jack Smith’s through

You proudly posed with Playboy Bunnies
‘Til Stormy Daniels turned your head
You’ll pay the court with her hush money instead.

You were proudly posing
“Til she turned your head
Now you’re gonna pay instead

You gotta get out of the race
If it’s the last thing you ever do
You gotta get out of this race
If you don’t, Democracy is through

You were so proud to ban abortion
Grifted New York and Ukraine
Hope we don’t see the likes of you again

You think you’re bigger than our country
Trashed our freedoms and your solemn oath
Pretty soon you’ll know why you can’t have both.

Bigger than the country
Trashed your solemn oath

You gotta get out of the race
If it’s the last thing you ever do
You gotta get out of this race
If you don’t, Democracy is through

ABOUT THE SOURCE MUSIC

“We Gotta Get Out of This Place”, occasionally written “We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place”, is a rock song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil recorded as a 1965 hit single by the Animals. It has become an iconic song of its type and was immensely popular with United States Armed Forces G.I.s during the Vietnam War.

In 2004 it was ranked number 233 on Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list; it is also in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil were husband and wife (and future Hall of Fame) songwriters associated with the 1960s Brill Building scene in New York City.

Mann and Weil wrote and recorded “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” as a demo, with Mann singing and playing piano. It was intended for The Righteous Brothers, for whom they had written the number one hit “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” but then Mann gained a recording contract for himself, and his label Red Bird Records wanted him to release it instead. Meanwhile, record executive Allen Klein had heard it and gave the demo to Mickie Most, the Animals’ producer. Most already had a call out to Brill Building songwriters for material for the group’s next recording session (the Animals hits “It’s My Life” and “Don’t Bring Me Down” came from the same call), and the Animals recorded it before Mann got around to it.

In the Animals’ rendition, the lyrics were slightly reordered and reworded from the demo and opened with a locational allusion – although different from that in the songwriters’ minds – that was often taken as fitting the group’s industrial, working class Newcastle-upon-Tyne origins.

The UK and US single releases were different versions from the same recording sessions. The take that EMI, the Animals’ parent record company, sent to MGM Records, the group’s American label, was mistakenly one that had not been selected for release elsewhere. The two versions are most easily differentiated by the lyric at the beginning of the second verse: in the US version the lyric is, “See my daddy in bed a-dyin'”, while the UK version uses, “Watch my daddy in bed a-dyin'” (as a result of an error by the music labels, certain online retailers sell the UK version but incorrectly identify it as the US version).

In the US the song (in its “mistaken” take) was included on the album Animal Tracks, released in the autumn of 1965, and again on the popular compilation The Best of The Animals released in 1966 and re-released with an expanded track list on the ABKCO label in 1973.

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