(THEGUARDIAN) — In the 2012 presidential election, unquestionably the song of the Republican season was Kid Rock’s Born Free. It played constantly, at almost every event. It was even Mitt Romney’s walk-out song.
For Donald Trump, who announced his candidacy on Tuesday at a lavish event in New York, his choice of walk-out music has given him the first headache of his fledgling campaign.
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The song he emerged to was Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World, with lyrics like: "There’s colors on the street / Red, white and blue / People shufflin’ their feet / People sleepin’ in their shoes."
Almost immediately following the event, Young’s manager released a statement saying that Trump’s use of the song was unauthorised, according to Variety. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for president of the United States of America,” Young’s manager, Elliot Roberts, said.