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Paul McCartney Takes on Trump in New Song

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By    |   Monday, 31 Jul 2017 12:28 PM

Move over Sgt. Pepper, Eleanor Rigby, Rocky Raccoon, and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, President Donald Trump is about to join you in Beatles pop history.

Paul McCartney, who with the late John Lennon penned the classic hits that introduced those characters, has written a new song addressing the Trump presidency, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The 75-year-old legend made the announcement as he spoke with students at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, which he co-founded.

"Sometimes the situation in the world is so crazy, that you've got to address it," McCartney said, according to the newspaper.

But what McCartney didn't say is whether the new tune, the title of which he didn't announce, will be in favor or Trump or against him — but it's likely to be the latter based on past opinions.

"I'm not a fan at all. He's unleashed a kind of violent prejudice that is sometimes latent among people. Most people don't feel it's OK to be like that," McCartney told Australia's Daily Telegraph in May.

"When there were protesters at his rallies, Trump would say, 'Oh beat them up, give them a good punch' — wait a minute, I'm not sure that's cool for a leader of a country to be saying that. Maybe for a hockey player.

"He's unleashed the ugly side of America. People feel like they have got a free pass to be, if not violent, at least antagonistic towards people of a different color or a different race. I think we all thought we'd got past that a long time ago."

McCartney's upcoming record will be his 17th solo album. He's working with four-time Grammy winner Greg Kurstin, a songwriter and producer who has worked with Adele, Pink, Beck and Kelly Clarkson.

It won't be the first time McCartney has addressed politics and social issues. In 1972, he released "Give Ireland Back to the Irish," and in 1982, joined Stevie Wonder for "Ebony and Ivory," a plea for racial harmony. Earlier with Lennon, McCartney wrote "Revolution" and "Back in the USSR."

Coincidently, news of the Trump song comes the same week as McCartney's contemporary Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones released two politically-charged songs.

In "England Lost" and "Get a Grip," Jagger, 74, addresses the United Kingdom's anxiety over Brexit.

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