October 27th, 2008
10:47 AM ET
10 years ago

Pete Yorn song urging people to vote goes viral

The music video for American Blues Vol. 1 has become very popular online.

The music video for American Blues Vol. 1 has become very popular online.

(CNN) - Indie rocker Pete Yorn was depressed. He woke up in Hawaii on the Fourth of July and read the paper. There was a short article about an Optimist Club disbanding .

“Even they were going bad, on the economy and the state of union, and everyone was just kind of freaking out, ” he said.

So he did what indie rockers do: He knocked out a song and sent it to a few friends.

He says he wrote the song, "American Blues Vol. 1," in about five minutes.

“It was a beautiful paradise and it hit home even more for me. I was feeling all this negativity in such a beautiful place,” he told CNN by phone from Omaha, Nebraska, where he’s working on his next album.

The song touches on the campaign and the economic crisis with lines like: “You love your house/Now give it back,” and “keep beaming through the pledge of allegiance cos you aint dead yet.”

Yorn is a Gold Record-selling artist signed to Columbia records, but he put this song out on his own.

A boyhood friend from New Jersey created a mashup video with the news of the day and the video for "American Blues Vol 1" has gone viral. It was a hit on Yorn’s Myspace page and soon got posted all over social networking and video-sharing sites like Youtube and Rock the Vote’s blog. Yorn says it’s gotten more than 250,000 hits and its even got the attention of the McCain campaign. The musician says they’ve had some discussions with the Republican nominee’s campaign about the song and the video, but he wants to keep it nonpartisan. He says the message is simple, get out and vote.

You can see the video for yourself on Yorn’s page at myspace/peteyorn

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    WOW!!! All the republican blogger freaks are out in force this morning with their pathetic lies. Their actions mimic those of a parasite taking it's final breaths of life as it fights to overcome the realization that it's decaying claw of greed, deceipt, & manipulation is being torn away from the levers of power. Just a little news flash to brighten your day GOP loyalists: It turns out that your candidate was even born in the United States of America, that's right, John McCain was born in Panama. Which, by the constitution states that John McCain CAN NOT BECOME PRESIDENT. So you see my little GOP voltures, your pathetic attempts to manipulate the electorate are futile for if for whatever reason John McCain should win this election, there is a document already printed & ready to be served to the Supreme Court which will FORBID John McCain from being able to take office. In other words, Obama wins by default even if he loses HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

    October 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Monica (Houston, TX)

    Remember the New Hampshire primary? McCain’s virtually flatlined campaign was resurrected and Obama’s presumed win flatlined.


    October 27, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |