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A Little Election-Themed Music To Get You By On This Important Day

Consider this yet another reminder to get out and make your voice heard today--which, from the looks of it, isn't that hard to do, as early voting seems to have taken care of the worst of the lines out at the various voting locations.

Oh, and consider this post something of a bonus, too. After the jump, a list of songs to add to your playlist (torrent at your own risk) for election coverage watch parties tonight. Compiled by our friend Chris Gray, music editor of our sister paper at the Houston Press, the list includes various selections from music editors and writers all across the Village Voice Media chain of papers, and highlights some especially timely lyrics found within each song.

As always, feel free to tack on your own suggestions in the comments. --Pete Freedman

U2, "Desire" - "She's the promise in the year of election."

Arcadia, "Election Day" - "Pull my shirt off and pray."

Pretenders, "My City Was Gone" - "Hey ho, where'd you go, Ohio?"

Radiohead, "Electioneering" - "I trust I can rely on your vote."

Alice Cooper, "Elected" - "We're gonna rock to the rules that I make."

Twisted Sister, "We're Not Gonna Take It" - "We've got the right to choose, and there ain't no way we'll lose it."

Leonard Cohen, "Democracy" - "It's coming from the feel that this ain't exactly real, or it's real but it ain't exactly there."

Megadeth, "Peace Sells" - "What do you mean, 'I don't pay my bills'? Why do you think I'm broke? Huh?"

Curtis Mayfield, "Keep on Pushing" - "I know that I can make it, with just a little bit of soul."

The Band, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" - "Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest, but they should never have taken the very best."

Peggy Lee, "Why Don't You Do Right" - "You're sittin' there wonderin' what it's all about, you got no money, they will put you out"

Geto Boys, "Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta" - "Damn it feels good to be a gangsta, gettin' voted into the White House."

Dead Kennedys, "Moral Majority" - "If Jesus don't save 'til we're lining your pockets, God must be dead if you're alive."

Against Me!, "White People for Peace" - "There was purpose to be served, there were fortunes to be earned, before a peace could be called to stop a war."

Re-flex, "The Politics of Dancing" - "The politicians are now DJs, the broadcast was spreading station to station, like an infection across the nation."

Lou Reed, "Caroline Says II" - "What is in her mind? It's so cold in Alaska."

New Order, "State of the Nation" - "Now we turn our backs to the sea, the shame of the nation we'll never be."

The Hives, "Hate to Say I Told You So" - "Turn my back on the rot that's been planning the plot, because I'm gonna."

The Who, "Won't Get Fooled Again" - "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."

The Stooges, "Down on the Street" - "Down on the street where the faces shine, floatin' around I'm a real low mind."

Slayer, "Reborn" - "You think by killing me tonight, my powers will not rise?"

Pogues, "Body of an American" - "And he never threw a fight unless the fight was right, so they sent him to the war."

Nas, "Black President" - "A predicate felon, a ghetto leader, lending my political genius to whoever may need it."

Sam Cooke, "A Change Is Gonna Come" - "Then I go to my brother and I say 'Brother, help me please,' but he winds up knockin' me back down on my knees."

Jay-Z, "Minority Report" - "It's a dirty game so whatever is effective, from weed to selling cane, gotta put that in effect."

Jane's Addiction, "Been Caught Stealing" - "It's just a simple fact - when I want something, I don't want to pay for it."

Rolling Stones, "You Can't Always Get What You Want" - "I went down to the demonstration, to get my fair share of abuse."

Compiled by Chris Gray

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