NEW YORK -- Randy Newman is weighing in on the presidential election, and he's playing the race card through a song he wrote.
"I'm Dreaming" is full of satirical, sarcastic - and signature - Newman anecdotes about someone who votes for the president because he is white. It features the refrain: "I'm dreaming of a white president."
Newman is openly supporting President Barack Obama. He says though the message behind the song is serious, he wants the public to find comedic relief in it.
The Oscar-, Grammy- and Emmy-winning composer often writes songs from the perspective of a character not like himself. His song "Short People" attacked short people and "Sail Away" is a come on from a slave trader to a potential slave.
"I'm Dreaming" will be released as a free download.
By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer
The Associated Press