January 7th, 2010
12:55 PM ET
4 years ago

Tea party song goes viral

Songwriter Ray Stevens dresses as a founding father in his YouTube sensation 'We the People.'
Songwriter Ray Stevens dresses as a founding father in his YouTube sensation 'We the People.'

(CNN) – By 1990, two-time Grammy award winning recording artist Ray Stevens had four albums that had sold more than 500,000 copies. In 2010 and at almost 71-years-old, his new single entitled "We The People" is a YouTube sensation that has been viewed one-and-a-half million times in three weeks.

In the song, Stevens lambastes "Obamacare," a popular term among dissidents of the Democratic health care reform bills. "You vote Obamacare, We'll vote you outta here, We the People have awaken to your tricks," the songwriter sings.

Stevens is shown in front of backdrops of the U.S. Capitol Building, President Obama's first State of the Union address, the White House lawn and a very bright American flag.

He also appears as almost every character in the nearly four-minute video, including a plumber, doctor, grandmother, construction worker, farmer and founding father.

The country singer is known for his novelty songs and in 2002 released a single that went gold entitled "Osama Yo' Mama."


Filed under: Health care • Tea Party movement
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  1. John

    the republicans are just enough and more to make you puke! I love all the rich bellies running around in their RV's and now this guy. Surprise i wont anyone out who is against the republicans and their even more hypocritical christians Honestly and its not racial sure!

    January 7, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. Mike

    Catchy tune.....very funny too.....haaaaaa.....actually something as important as a National Healthcare Plan, that affects all Americans, should really be done with slowly, meticulously, encompassing as many possibilities as possible and not rushed through congress like a shotgun wedding. Not to mention these totally corrupt political sweetheart deals going on just to pass the darn thing.......We The People deserve way way better than what Congress has decided we deserve....

    January 7, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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