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May 16, 2004

I Can't Get Played on Air America

If you can believe what you read in the papers, Air America is supposed to be this new liberal radio network. Well, if they're so liberal, and a radio network, then how come they won't play my songs? I got some great songs right here, and these songs are as liberal as could be. They're so liberal that some of those other radio stations have banned them. Pull up a chair — take that one, you can just put those books on the floor — and I'll tell you all about it.

written by Vance Lehmkuhl, Paul Nordquist, and Amy Guskin + performed by Amy Guskin (vocals) and the Zongo Session Players

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I can't get played on Air America
Here in the land of the free
They're just playing the odds I guess
But they should be playing me

I did a song about big old trees
And how they're getting uprooted
And another bout how Mumia
Should never have been executed
I did one song about Mohawks
And one about the Cherokee
They both used the same progression
But the chords are in a different key

I tried to reach the music director
But it must've been his day off
They hung up when I asked for
"Whoever exactly I need to pay off"
Cause my new song "Let's Raise Taxes"
Should be heard everywhere
But it seems it'll never be heard
Over American Air

I can't get played on Air America
I think it's a conspiracy
I'm not sure exactly what they're playing
But it sure as hell ain't me

I wrote a pro-choice anthem
And a rap about whales and plankton
But my friends said they'd never play it
'Cause I didn't mention Al Franken
I did a song about Kerry
How he's better than Gore
If Kerry hadn't shot up that whole village
That's probably who I'd vote for

I can't get played on Air America
Here in the land of the free
They're just playing the odds I guess
But they should be playing me

I tried folk, rock, ska, reggae, pop, and rap,
And now I feel like a doormat
No matter what I do it seems
My music doesn't fit their format
All I ask is a couple short weeks
spent in heavy rotation
If that happened I'd really make a point
to listen to the station

I can't get played on Air America
I think it's a conspiracy
I'm not sure exactly what they're playing
But it sure as hell ain't me

I can't get played on Air America
Here in the land of the free
I'm wondering if I should call them
Looks like they're not gonna call me

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