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Tim Heidecker Shares New Anti-Trump Song, “Trump’s Pilot,” Then Father John Misty Covers It

Song Plots Trump's Murder, Part of the Anti-Trump "30 Days, 30 Songs" Project

Nov 07, 2016 Photography by Father John Misty photo by Pal Hansen Father John Misty
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Comedian/musician Tim Heidecker (of Tim & Eric and Heidecker & Wood) has shared a new song as part of the “30 Days, 30 Songs” (now expanded to 50 songs) anti-Donald Trump campaign put together by author/publisher Dave Eggers and Death Cab for Cutie manager Jordan Kurland. The song is entitled “Trump’s Pilot” and the dark track is sung from the perspective of the presidential candidate’s personal pilot who plans to crash Trump’s private plane just to stop him from becoming the commander in chief. A few hours after Heidecker shared the song, Father John Misty (aka Josh Tillman) went and shared his cover version of it. Listen to both below.

Heidecker released a demo of the song back in April, but this is a full on studio version. He had this to say about the song:

“I wrote this song a month or so before the Republican National Convention after thinking that we were running out of options to stop the Trump Train. My humor tends to skew dark, so I imagined a kamikaze style situation, where the pilot sacrifices himself for the sake of the country. I’ve performed it live a few times, and let me tell you: there’s a real cathartic satisfaction in singing the last few lines, and I always choke up a bit.”

The “30 Days, 30 Songs” project will feature at least 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”), Jesu/Sun Kil Moon’s “The Greatest Conversation Ever in the History of the Universe,” clipping.‘s “Fat Fingers,” Mirah’s “No Guns No Guns,” The Long Winters’ “Make America Great Again,” Jimmy Eat World’s “My Enemy,” Kyle Craft’s “Before the Wall,” and a video of Andrew Bird and Jim James performing an updated version of “Sic of Elephants.”


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