"Today" is an ode to Marianne Williamson, a long-shot House of Representatives hopeful
You oughta know about United States Congress hopeful Marianne Williamson.
Alanis Morissette believes in the independent candidate from California's 33rd Congressional District so much that she cut a song on her behalf. The soft rock ode "Today" references Joan of Arc and "families scrambling for custody." Morissette sings in the chorus:
"We're going down, down, down. We're going down unless we move to new ground, unless we start a revolution, awaken from this frozen, start the mending of our union today."
Morissette decided to write the song at one of Williamson's seminars, at the request of an audience member.
Williamson, best known as a self-help guru (via books, lectures and other mediums) is considered a long-shot candidate to replace retiring Democratic representative Henry Waxman.
The Hill notes that commissioning a popular musician to pen a campaign song is an unorthodox move, though the Hollywood-based district isn't exactly an ordinary one.
The favorites in the race are both Democrats: California state senator Ted Lieu and former Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel.