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Andrew Bird and Jim James Perform Updated Version of “Sic of Elephants” for Anti-Trump Campaign

Video Part of the Anti-Trump "30 Days, 30 Songs" Project

Oct 27, 2016 My Morning Jacket Bookmark and Share

Andrew Bird has been doing a series of shows from his living room called “Live From the Great Room” that he’s been posting to his Facebook page. Back in July he and My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James did Soldier On‘s “Sic of Elephants” on the show. The song was originally written by Bird for the 2004 election when George W. Bush was elected, but Bird has updated the song to reflect the current election and video of the performance with James has been shared again as part of the “30 Days, 30 Songs” anti-Trump campaign put together by author/publisher Dave Eggers and Death Cab for Cutie manager Jordan Kurland. Watch below.

Bird issued a statement on the song and performance: “I wrote ‘Sic of Elephants’ on election night in 2004 when Bush was reelected. I went to sleep in the blinking red state of Ohio and when I woke up it was solid red. The song’s about people’s capacity to convince themselves that something so wrong is right. The harder they have to try, the more fervent they become.

“I changed a few things to update the song for this election because what we’re facing in the Trump movement is full on fascism and he would be more destructive than GWB if you can imagine.”

The “30 Days, 30 Songs” project will feature one song a day until election day. It was launched with Death Cab for Cutie’s anti-Trump song “Million Dollar Loan,” and includes Jim James’ video for “Same Old Lie,” Franz Ferdinand’s “Demagogue,” Thao’s “Before You Vote,” EL VY’s “Are These My Jets,” two songs by Moby (“Trump Is on Your Side” and “Little Failure”), and Jesu/Sun Kil Moon’s “The Greatest Conversation Ever in the History of the Universe.” James is releasing a new solo album, Eternally Even, on November 4 via ATO.


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