Far right Presidential candidate Michele Bachman has had almost as big a problem with theme songs for her campaign as with American history.
First, Tom Petty send a cease-and-desist letter to stop Bachman from using American Girl. Next, Katrina Leskanich announced that she wasn’t cool with Bachmann’s “misuse” of Katrina and the Waves’ hit song “Walking on Sunshine.”
Today, it is reported that Bachman, apparently rejecting an offer from Ted Nugent, is using Elvis Presley's recording of "The Promised Land."
We stopped in Charlotte,
We bypassed Rock Hill
We never was a minute late
We was 90 miles out of Atlanta by sundown
Rollin' out of Georgia state
I'm not saying that Chuck Berry was transformed into Woody Guthrie, although Woody also borrowed the Wabash Cannonball tune for the Grand Coulee Dam. But the background of the segregation and Freedom Rides ought to inform the performance of this great Chuck Berry tune. Sadly, many versions of the "Promised Land" mangle the words, leaving out key lines.We had a little trouble,Turned into a struggleHalf way across AlabamOur 'hound broke downLeft us stranded
In downtown Birmingham