update: click here for the barack obama videoamerican prayer
, it's your lucky day (soon), you are getting released on an actual album...
the song american prayer
is sort of like a utility player that just keeps getting thrown at whatever spot it *might* fit. bono started singing bits of it in 2002
. edge, bono, dave stewart and beyonce performed it in south africa in 2003
. the nfl (thankfully) passed on having bono and j-lo (!) perform it
at the super bowl back in 2004. then last year, it even showed up on american idol
in all of these instances, this song was a vehicle for aids awareness, making poverty history awareness, africa awareness, that type of thing.
now, dave stewart (ex eurythmics), who co-wrote this song with bono, is releasing a version of it (sans bono) on his new album the dave stewart songbook
(out on august 5). stewart's version includes excerpts of martin luther king jr. speaking. he is giving it away on his website
, as part of a 4-song freebie download.[buy]
american prayer - dave stewart and his rock fabulous orchestrathe chicago sun times reports
that the above version of american prayer will be used in a video to support barack obama's presidential campaign. the video is "built around american prayer" and "includes a wide range of people singing the song, both celebrities and regular obama supporters... the obama video showcases a number of singers framed inside a series of television sets, from the 1950s to more contemporary models. among the well-known obama backers seen singing in the video are oprah winfrey (with her arm around a pensive-looking beyonce), cyndi lauper, macy gray, margaret cho and whoopi goldberg as well as stewart."
the sun times also adds in a clarification
that "while bono did indeed co-author the american prayer anthem in the upcoming barack obama video, he was not involved with creating that video. that project is the brainchild of the song's co-writer dave stewart, who wanted to boost obama's bid for the presidency."
< DO NOT insert snark here
i can't say i am a fan of this song, but this song won't die. it means something to these guys who wrote it, and hell if they aren't gonna keep playing it and trying to make it mean something to other people, too.
there is an essay archived on u2log that highlights some of the lyrical references in american prayer