October 14th, 2008
12:36 PM ET
6 years ago

Williams Jr. croons for McCain – Palin: 'Hey, good lookin' dish'

 Hank Williams, Jr. is campaigning for McCain.
Hank Williams, Jr. is campaigning for McCain.

(CNN) – Country music star and Monday Night Football fan Hank Williams Jr. has released a song in support of the Republican ticket. “McCain – Palin Tradition” - based on the Williams tune “Family Tradition” - was unveiled in a performance yesterday by the singer at an event in Virginia.

While John McCain receives top billing in the song’s title as the head of the ticket, the lyrics pay as much tribute to running mate Governor Sarah Palin. In a studio recording of the song, the vice presidential nominee is referred to as a “good lookin dish” and a “mama bear,” though the McCain campaign omits the “good lookin dish” line from its’ official lyrics. The song also touches on current events, blaming the Democrats for “bankrupting” Fannie Mae n Freddie Mac and Bill Clinton for forcing unwilling bankers to make “all those bad loans.” According to Williams this created the conditions for the financial bail-out which he characterizes as a “Democrat liberal hoo doo”.

The honky tonk-tune contains a lyric that seems to reference Barack Obama’s acquaintance with violent 60s radical Bill Ayers: “John and Sarah … don't have radical friends to whom their careers are linked.” In the studio recording the line is sung “don't have terrorist friends,” while the lyrics released by Williams’ publicist read “radical friends.” At a Virginia Beach, Virginia performance, Williams sung “terrorist,” while at a performance in Richmond he used “radical.”

Hank Williams Jr.’s publicist says he plans to release a revamped single of the song soon, featuring other performers supportive of McCain – Palin, including singer/rapper Kid Rock.

Full lyrics after the jump:

Lyrics:

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

CHORUS

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

Bu 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

CHORUS

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

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

CHORUS

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


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. PA

    What a jerk. Gives country music a bad name.

    October 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Obama All The Way

    Ignorance is bliss I guess. Sexism and fear-mongering all through this song.

    October 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. bill

    thats just what mcbush and palen need another washed musician hank williams is as much of looser as mcbush palen you are judged by company you keep all a bunch of fools

    October 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. People make no sense

    This song shows how ignorant some folks are. Clinton removed some regulations because his administration had a surplus, so therefore everyone was able to afford new homes. Fast forward, Mr. Bush McSpend wasted the surplus, put us in a huge debt, promoted Clintons idea (remember: Under my administration African Americans and other minorities are purchasing homes at the largest rate ever) and caused the economic meltdown.

    If anybody with any sense on this blog knows how to balance a budget they will understand what this republican administration has done to America!

    October 14, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. C. Yee

    Honestly, I thought this was part of the SNL routine. I wonder how well his song will sell after November 4.

    October 14, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Hans-Erik Iken

    Great, more dimwit celebrities putting in their 2 cents, just what the nation needs in these troubled times......

    October 14, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Pitabread625

    finally – the McCain campaign found a song they are actually allowed to play :)

    October 14, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. OMG

    good lookin moose dish

    October 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Cam

    Man, could McCain and Palin have a bigger stereotype crooning for them? I mean, is this the "moral fibre" that McCain and Palin believe in? This guy couldn't even give to a blood bank because one drop of his blood in an innocent person would intoxify them beyond recovery!

    October 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. GARY

    HANK KNOWS THE REAL AMERICAN HERO AND LEADER. MCCAIN IS THE ONLY CANIDATE QUALIFIED TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE. IRAN SAID THEY WOULDN'T TALK TO OBAMA WITHOUT PRE CONDITIONS. THE REAL AMERICAN WORKERS WITH WISDOM AND PROUD OF THEIR COUNTRY VOTE FOR MCCAIN/PALIN. DONT VOTE A GREENHORN CHICAGO CON MAN LIKE OBAMA. COUNTRY FIRST THATS THE REAL DEAL .MCCAIN/PALIN

    October 14, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  11. FL4OB

    More divisive nonsense from the McCain campaign. Sad (and sexist).

    No way, no how, no McCain, no Palin

    October 14, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Nija

    This guy cannot survive the first round of WHO'S GOT TALENT.

    October 14, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. sb

    Wasn't Hank Williams Sr married to his half sister?

    October 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Desmond Sequeira

    So this guy is now an economics expert? Or is he not a good example of McSame/FAILIN turning to just anybody to get a lift?

    Please note:
    NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS, 2008
    STOCKHOLM: US economist Paul Krugman, a fierce critic of George W. Bush's handling of the global financial crisis, won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics.
    Krugman has taken the Bush administration to task over the current financial meltdown, blaming its pursuit of deregulation and unencumbered fiscal policies for the financial crisis that has threatened the global economy with recession. He has come out forcefully against John McCain during the economic meltdown, saying the Republican candidate is "more frightening now than he was a few weeks ago".

    October 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. milo

    And will the GOP complain this "good lookin' dish" thing is sexist?

    Of course not. Hypocrites.

    Make up your mind, either it's bad to comment on her looks or it's not.

    October 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. hometowndemocrat

    eeeeewwwwwwwwwwwww!!

    I can't believe McCain would even allow this amount of stupidity.........and that's a huge statement considering the amount of stupidity that rolls out of Palins mouth!

    If this wasn't so absolutely horrifying it would be funny.

    KEEP THE REDNECKS OUT OF THE WHITEHOUSE!!!!! I should re-phrase that................GET THE REDNECKS OUT OF THE WHITEHOUSE AND KEEP THEM OUT!!!

    October 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  17. the other jd

    so youy get a little taste of what they would have been spewing if Hillary had won the nomination...they would be tying ALL economic woes to Bill Clinton

    October 14, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. Conservative for Obama

    This, from a neo-con racist pig who has made a living off of riding the coat tails of (his dad's) success.

    Hank William Jr, the man who puts the ILL in wILLiams.

    Oh, and Kid Rock? Ha ha...what a poster that would be, if nothing else convinces people not to vote for this party of fraud, then that will certainly work. Two morally bankrupt mental midgets lining up behind the party of lies, deception and seccessionism!

    October 14, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Sham

    Well i guess both candidates are equal w/ celebrity support: Obama has Oprah, and McCain has Jr! LOL, just embarrasing.... After reading this story i had to look at my address bar to make sure this was cnn and not colleghumor.com

    October 14, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. DonnieJ

    whatever . . .

    October 15, 2008 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  21. Kurt

    Hey, they forgot the last chorus:

    If I only had a brain....

    October 15, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  22. country first

    Vote for someone who has 26 years experiance. Not a guy who has only 2 years as an elected official and launched his senate campain from the home of William Ayers, a terrorist. How can we count on Obama to fight terrorism when he is friends with people who want the destruction of the United States?????

    October 17, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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