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Your Election Night Soundtrack

U2: Bono say vote!

Say you're watching the election returns tonight and don't feel like listening to the chattering punditry - really, at this point, who does? All the information you need will be onscreen anyway, and if you must, there's a neat little thing called closed-captioning most TVs have these days. Why not put on some killer election-related tunes instead? Rocks Off polled his writers and fellow Village Voice Media music editors - who, shockingly, appear to lean toward the left - for a consensus-building Election Night soundtrack.

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." - Chris Gray

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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