"McCain-Palin Tradition"

Hank Williams Jr. records a new song on behalf of John McCain and Sarah Palin, and gets in a slam on the "left-wing liberal media."

Published October 13, 2008 10:45PM (EDT)

It's not quite the theme song for "Monday Night Football" -- heck, it's not even "Yes, We Can" -- but Hank Williams Jr. has written and recorded a new song dedicated to this year's Republican ticket.

Williams debuted the song, titled "McCain-Palin Tradition," at a Palin rally in Virginia Monday. It's sung to the tune of his song "Family Tradition," which isn't normally the kind of thing you'd repurpose for a campaign song, considering its lyrics, which are  about the country music establishment rejecting him in part because of his drinking and marijuana use. ("If I get stoned and sing all night long, it's a family tradition.")

Here are the updated lyrics, as sent to reporters by the McCain camp. Audio is at the bottom of this post.

The left wing liberal media have
Always been a real close knit family
But, most of the American People
Don’t believe em anyway ya see
Stop and think it over
Before you make your decision
If they smell something
They’re gonna come down strong
It’s a McCain–Palin tradition

Now this old Union’s got problems
That is plain to see
The Democrats bankrupted Fannie Mae N Freddie Mac
Just like 1, 2, 3
The bankers didn’t want to make all those bad loans,
But Bill Clinton said you got to
Now they want a bail out, what I’m talking about
Is a Democrat liberal who doo

John N Sarah tell ya
Just what they think
And they’re not gonna blink
And they’re gonna fix this country
Cause they’re just like you N ole Hank Yes John is a maverick
And Sarah fixed Alaska’s broken condition
They’re gonna go just fine
We’re headed for better times
It’s a McCain–Palin tradition

I am very proud of America’s name
But no society is perfect
And we have had our stains
If I’m down at the coffee shop and
Somebody wants to give our flag friction
We say please move on
Cause we’re standing strong
That’s an old John McCain tradition


Some are bound to tell you I’m
Preaching to the choir
And that is very true
And we are going even higher
Like a mama bear in Idaho
She’ll protect your family’s condition
If you mess with her cubs
She’s gonna take of the gloves
It’s an American female tradition


By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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