Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Gypsy's 'Sinking Ship' remade as protest song for US elections

Punk singer david Johansen reworked the lyrics to Gypsy's 'Sinking ship' into a protest song for the US Presidential elections.

Punk singer david Johansen reworked the lyrics to Gypsy's 'Sinking ship' into a protest song for the US Presidential elections.

Winston "Gypsy" Peters' 1986 calypso “Sinking Ship” has been remade into a protest song warning American voters about President Donald Trump.

The song was remade by David Johansen, the singer who made Arrow’s “Hot, Hot. Hot” into an international success under the pseudonym Buster Poindexter.

In the video for the song, Johansen is on a ship shouting: “He is unhinged, he will kill us all” before launching into the song.

“It was an old calypso that was a favourite of mine and I thought was appropriate for now,” the legendary singer told Rolling Stone. “The original song Winston Peters wrote in 1986, trying to get a guy named Chambers out of office in Trinidad. As far as the lyrics, I made them applicable to this current situation.”

The video has over 15,000 views on YouTube.

This is the second song by a Caribbean singer to be applied to the US Presidential elections.

Eddy Grant’s song “Electric Avenue” was used in an animated video which was posted to the personal Twitter account of Dan Scavino, White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

The video featured unflattering audio quotes from Biden set to the tune of ‘Electric Avenue.

Grant took legal action against the Trump camp and Twitter subsequently pulled the video from its platform.

Gypsy told Loop he is aware of the use of his song.

He said he owns the copyright for his song and it could be used as long as the relevant legal applications are in place.

He said he feels good about the song being used.

“Is not every Monday morning one could write a song that is internationally used for any reason. It proves there is validity in the writing. It is well written song and that is what I aim to do when I write. That song is being used all over the world anywhere there is election. Is that song that has me going up to this day,” he said.

Gypsy said he has sold more than a million copies of “Sinking Ship”.

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