By Amanda Wicks
Bernie Sanders released his new TV campaign ad on Thursday, and the background music might sound familiar. That’s because Sanders chose to use Simon and Garfunkel‘s classic song “America,” off their 1968 album Bookends, to hammer home his message.
Showing settings like farms, a winter street, a coffee shop and more, Sanders aligns Simon and Garfunkel’s song with the ideas of home and the heartland. Using the lyrics, “They’ve all come/ To look for America/ All come to look for America/ All come to look for America,” his message exudes a hopeful note, one that implies he can restore the country to a better way of life.
Mixing music and political campaigns during the 2016 presidential race hasn’t always gone well. When Donald Trump used one of R.E.M.’s songs at a rally in September, Michael Stipe had some choice words for the Republican presidential candidate.