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Randy Newman Decides Not to Include 'Vulgar' Donald Trump Song on New Album
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23 Jul 2017 04:33 PM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Randy Newman (Image Source: Masahiro Sumori via Wikimedia Commons)

Randy Newman is no stranger to calling people out in his music—in fact, his first big hit included lyrics that said short people didn't have any reason to live.

Nevertheless, he still has his limits. He's releasing a new album soon, but it will be without a Donald Trump song that he eventually decided was too "vulgar."

Newman, 73, released his first song "Golden Gridiron Boy," when he was just 18, but was mostly known as a songwriter for the Fleetwoods, Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, and later for Bette Midler, Judy Collins, Wilson Pickett, and more.

He continued to both write and record, and had a big hit with "Short People" in 1977. Additionally, he composed music for films with his biggest movie hit being from Toy Story: "You've Got a Friend in Me."

He's now gearing up to release yet another album, a decade after his last one. The new album, Dark Matter, has much of that clever songwriting he's known for, but what it won't include is a song he wrote about Donald Trump.

"I did write about him. But the language was too vulgar. It felt too easy," Newman explained. "The song was 'My d---'s bigger than your d--- / It ain't braggin' if it's true / My d---'s bigger than your d--- / I can prove it too / There it is! There's my d--- / Isn't that a wonderful sight? / Run to the village, to town, to the countryside / Tell the people what you seen here tonight."

The song also contained the refrain "What a d---!" But in the end, it just didn't seem right to the singer/songwriter to release it.

"I just didn't want to add to the problem of how ugly the conversation we're all having is, so I didn't put it out," he explains.

He's not filled with total darkness, though, as he still feels optimistic with "people as individuals."

He noted, "I've found that if you sit next to somebody and start talking they'll be pretty good. I've had no reason to feel differently."

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