Yes We Can remix: Lee Dorsey's funk classic meets Obama speech

BB pal Tim Walker from The Ministry of Unkown Science and the Grilled Cheese Invitational shares a cool election-themed music remix with us:

One of our brethern of the MOUS, Tano Sokolow, did an amazing remix/mash-up of Barack Obama's Yes We Can with Lee Dorsey's Yes We Can Can song. It's totally fucking amazing and brings tears to my jaded eyes! Listen for yourself and see!
Direct MP3 Link, web page with the music all up in it.

Tano Sokolow, who brewed up the remix, says:
Start your election night victory party off right with this track I put together. The original artist is Lee Dorsey, and I encourage you to go buy his music, it's wonderful stuff. The track Yes We Can was written by Allen Toussaint.


  1. Man, this is the first time I’ve smiled listening to something related to the American elections. Great remix!h

  2. Dre Dawg, I think it’s more likely that you’re unable to distinguish between polite and rude – at least when it comes to your words.

  3. Excellent. I’ve enjoyed hearing the Pointer Sisters sing a cover of “Yes We Can Can” and have been wishing for a Barack-themed take on the song for a while.

  4. God, election night is going to be SO exciting.

    When we, in the UK, finally got rid of the Tories (= Republicans, kind of) a decade ago, it was an AMAZING night.

    Get your bottles of champagne ready, all you beautiful “liberals” and “socialists” and “un-americans”. Get ready to dance on the grave of the neo-con project!

  5. #10:

    When we, in the UK, finally got rid of the Tories (= Republicans, kind of) a decade ago, it was an AMAZING night.

    How’s that work out for you? Last I heard there are a dozen CCTV surveillance cameras within a block of George Orwell’s old crash pad, and your government is thinking about banning kitchen knives with pointy tips.

  6. @#10 Man On Pink Corner

    Yeah – things aren’t perfect here. We had a Prime Minister who for some absurd reason decided to buy into Bush’s absurdities. He’s gone now. And we do have some civil liberties issues.

    But still – we were glad to see the back of the Tories.

    So – thanks for your interest. It’s working out fine here.

  7. This makes me want to make a playlist with this and “Chocolate City” just for Election night viewing.

  8. Thanks Xeni, for this very uplifting post!

    Allen Toussaint is one of the greatest song-witers that ever lived. Right after Katrina, he did an album with Elvis Costello (whom I would argue is another of the same) that features a slew of New Orleans musicians. Just before its release, Elvis debuted that song solo acoustic and I happened to be sitting 2nd row center (while the seat in front of me stayed vacant.) I was quite unprepared for how poignant the lyrics were, speaking to what has been going on in this country, and the song left my face streaming with tears, which Elvis could not help but notice. I can think of no better affirmation that at least this member of his target audience got it.

    The song is called The River In Reverse and the Costello / Toussaint album bears the same title. Here is a link to the two of them performing it together on Letterman, and here are the lyrics:

    How long does a promise last?
    How long can a lie be told?
    What would I take in exchange for my soul?
    Would I notice when it was sold?

    Wake me up
    Wake me up
    Wake me up with a slap or a kiss
    There must be something better than this
    ‘Cos I don’t see how it can get much worse
    What do we have to do to send
    The river in reverse

    Every man a crawling kingsnake
    Every girl a half a heartbreak
    Every woman sold into shame
    To any son without a name

    Are your arms too weak to lift?
    Another shovel on the graveyard shift
    Here comes the flood if you catch my drift
    Where the things that they promised are not a gift

    If man falls through the mirror of a lake
    They fish him out quick and they call him a fake
    Give him all the temptations he can take
    Tie him up high ’til his bones break

    Wake me up
    Wake me up
    Wake me up with a slap or a kiss
    There must be something better than this
    ‘Cos I don’t see how it can get much worse
    What do we have to do to send
    The river in reverse

    I thought I heard somebody laugh
    Look out your window
    They’re chasing shadows in the dark
    They’re counting widows

    I felt a sliver of glass
    Saw a cross in splinters
    I felt the truce of spring
    Dig me out of the trench of winter

    So count your blessings when they ask permission
    To govern with money and superstition
    They tell you it’s all for your own protection
    ‘Til you fear your own reflection
    But the times are passing from illumination
    Like bodies falling from a constellation
    An uncivil war divides the nation
    So erase the tape on that final ape running down creation
    Running down creation

    Wake me up
    Wake me up
    Wake me up with a slap or a kiss
    There must be something better than this
    Wake me up
    Wake me up with a slap or a kiss
    There must be something better than this

    In the name of the father and the son
    In the name of gasoline and a gun
    Wake me up!

    Can we make the river run in reverse? Yes we can!

  9. My God, thats full of awesome.

    Many of us down at the bottom of the world are watching your election with great interest (and not just a little glee, I must say).

    Fingers crossed….

  10. Oh, well he’s very popular.

    The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids, dweebies, dickheads… they all adore him.

    They think he’s a righteous dude!

  11. (Disclaimer: Please forgive me if this comes off as sounding spammy. Despite the fact that I [officially] host Z-Trip’s mixes, I just want to get this great and relevant track out to as many ears as possible. I feel that music has a great capacity to change people.)

    As a follow-up to Anoras’ comment, I’d like to offer a note from Z-Trip himself, as well as an official link to the mix. Here’s what he has to say about his mix and the election:

    Recently, Shepard Fairey and I threw some fundraisers for the Obama campaign. We called them “The Party for Change”. (If you don’t know who Shepard is—among many other things—he is the one responsible for the image on the right).

    I’ve been wanting to put the mix I’ve been doing at these shows online, in hopes of spreading the word to people who need to hear it most.

    I encourage you to download it and pass it along to anyone you think should hear it. Feel free to burn copies, share it with friends, family, co-workers, strangers, and especially anyone you know is on the fence about this election. I’m also putting out a radio friendly version, in case anyone wants to broadcast it.

    Please share the message. Educate those who may not know what is really going on. There is still time.

    If you, or anyone you know, isn’t registered to vote, I encourage you to make it a priority and fix that before it’s too late. This election is WAY too important for anyone to not get involved. If you need more information on how and where to register, vote, or participate, please check the links below.

    I honestly feel if we make our voices heard, this time WILL be different.



    It’s a very well-done mix; probably one of my favorites over the past few years.
    And the mix is CC-licensed (Attribution only, but it’s the best that could be done w/ the source material)!

    The mix can be found here. Thanks for reading!

  12. Everytime I hear the clear reasoned arguments of Obama played against the shrill bleating of the 1%-ers as they realise they are about to be crow barred away from the trough, I keep getting The Beatnigs/Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy song Television like an echo.

    I am so worried that Sen.Obama may not live to see wednesday.

    Beautiful song, Doffs his cap to both Mr Dorsey and Mr Obamaand Mr Walker.

    esteemed company indeed.

    Any working American who is in favour of the Republican same old same old is a serf caste peon.

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