It’s been almost a decade since Randy Newman‘s last studio album. So you’d think the two-time Oscar winner and renowned storyteller would have plenty of juicy new morsels for fans on his upcoming Dark Matter album. And he does. But one song you won’t hear on the Aug. 4 release is his most topical composition, an ode to Pres. Trump that was so over-the-top that Newman — a man not afraid to go way over the line — decided he couldn’t include it.
Speaking to Vulture recently, Newman revealed that in addition to a hilarious song called “Putin” — with lyrics about how the Russian dictator puts his pants on one leg at a time (and can power a nuclear reactor with the left side of his brain) — the album almost included a track about Trump.
“I did write about him. But the language was too vulgar. It felt too easy,” he said. “The song was ‘My dick’s bigger than your dick / It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true / My dick’s bigger than your dick / I can prove it too / There it is! There’s my dick / Isn’t that a wonderful sight? / Run to the village, to town, to the countryside / Tell the people what you’ve seen here tonight.'”
The hook was even more outrageous, consisting of the refrain “What a dick!” But Newman said it just didn’t seem like the right call. “I just didn’t want to add to the problem of how ugly the conversation we’re all having is, so I didn’t put it out.” Despite the dark times he describes, Newman said he does see reason to have hope. “People as individuals,” he said, make him optimistic. “I’ve found that if you sit next to somebody and start talking they’ll be pretty good. I’ve had no reason to feel differently.”