John Mellencamp has made a new anti-war-themed song, "To Washington," available for free download on his official Web site.
John Mellencamp has made a new anti-war-themed song, "To Washington," available for free download on his official Web site. The cut, inspired by Woody Guthrie and the Carter Family but penned by Mellencamp, questions President George W. Bush's motives at waging war against Iraq: "He wants to fight with many / And he says it's not for oil / He sent out the National Guard / To police the world."
"To Washington" will appear on Mellencamp's next studio album, a collection of covers he is recording in his Bloomington, Ind., homebase with his touring band. The set, tentatively titled "Trouble No More," is due in late May on Columbia. Despite Mellencamp's announcement last summer that he had parted ways with the label, the artist tells Billboard, "Our divorce failed."
Other songs set for inclusion on the new album are "Stones in My Passway" (Robert Johnson), "Death Letter" (Son House), "Johnny Hart" (Woody Guthrie), "Baltimore Oriole" (Hoagy Carmichael), "Teardrops Will Fall" (Dickie Do and the Don'ts), "Diamond Joe" (traditional, recorded by Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Tom Rush), "End of the World" (Skeeter Davis), "Joliet Bound" (Joe McCoy), "Lafayette" (Lucinda Williams), "John the Revelator" (traditional), and "Down at the Bottom" (Willie Dixon).
A spokesperson says Mellencamp, Billboard's 2001 Century Award winner, is not planning to tour in the next few months. But, he will appear April 9 in New York at a 70th birthday tribute to Willie Nelson, with whom he is a partner in the yearly Farm Aid benefit concert.