Leading up to country music’s biggest night, the powers that be at the Country Music Award didn’t want any political talk before during or after the show. In an announcement last week, they banned all media from asking questions about the “Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like.”
Brad Paisley, one of the evening’s co-hosts, alongside Carrie Underwood and others, pushed back on Twitter, and the restrictions were quickly nixed. But not forgotten.
“Now Brad, I don’t know if you’ve heard about this, but the CMA has given us some guidelines with specific topics to avoid,” Underwood playfully said during the show, “so we can’t be doing any of our silly little songs, because this year’s show is a politics-free zone.”
But, as they knew, the ban actually was lifted, and the pair went on to sing a “silly little song,” a glorious parody called “Before He Tweets,” a play on Underwood’s chart topping hit “Before He Cheats.” The song took down President Trump’s habitual, early-morning Twitter spasms.
“Right now, he’s probably in his PJs / watching cable news / reaching for his cell phone,” Paisley sang on stage. “In the middle of the night from the privacy of a gold-plated white toilet seat / he writing Liddle’ Bob Corker, NFL and covfefe.”
“It’s fun to watch it that’s for sure / until little rocket man starts a nuclear war / and maybe next time he’ll think before he tweets.”
— Country Roundup (@_CountryRoundup) November 9, 2017
How many people are going to be singing these alternate lyrics under their breath all day? It’s even better than the original — who hasn’t fantasized about taking a Louisville Slugger to Trump’s headlights?
Paisley also joked about not being able to perform his other politically charged songs like “Hold Me Closer, Bernie Sanders,” “Stand By Your Manafort,” and “Harper Valley DNC.”
Underwood and Paisley weren’t the only ones to make political statements. Presenters and award-winners alike used the spotlight to shed light on the tumultuous political landscape in the US. The crowd was on its feet after singer Tyler Perry said, “It has never been more important that we all right now come together and find some common ground.”
It’s unlikely that a full version of “Before He Tweets” will become available for download on iTunes, but here’s hoping. It’s one catchy tune, worth playing on repeat.