Thank Trump for First Joan Baez Song in 25 Years

She was spurred by the 2016 presidential race to write 'Nasty Man'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2017 10:26 AM CDT
Joan Baez Just Wrote Her First Song in 25 Years
She hasn't written a song for 25 years—but Trump changed everything.   (Facebook)

Donald Trump: businessman, president … Joan Baez muse? "Here's a little song / About a man gone wrong" begins Baez's "Nasty Man," the first song she's written in 25 years, and it's a protest anthem apparently inspired by Trump himself. Among other topics, the song, which Baez posted to her Facebook page Tuesday, alludes to the president "stomping" through the White House Rose Garden, the "big-liest wall" he wants to build, and Melania Trump holing up in New York with her jewels. Baez even throws a bit of prognostication into the final lyrics: "When the dirt on this man finally hits the fan / And no one gives a damn about his tweets / He'll be finally and forever obsolete."

Baez, 76, who's set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday, tells Rolling Stone she's not sure if she'll actually release the ballad—"It's not a good song," she says, adding she mainly did it to make people laugh—but she says it did lift her out of a 10-year funk of sorts. "Whatever it has been in the past has lifted," she says. "Maybe I'm grateful for Trump, because otherwise it would seem very bland." Check out the rest of the Rolling Stone chat with this "secret badass." (Read more Joan Baez stories.)

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