The new track is taken from legendary guitarist Marc Ribot's forthcoming album Songs of Resistance 1942 – 2018, and arrives with visuals of an anti-Trump protest in Washington DC, directed by Jem Cohen.
Speaking about the collaboration with Waits, Ribot explains, "I played Tom a bunch of the tunes and he immediately bonded with that one. Of course, he brings a certain gravitas to everything he does—my Italian friends say he sounds exactly like an old ‘partigiano’ (resistance fighter)!”
Ribot's new project is a protest record that began in 2016, the same year Trump was elected President of the US.
Speaking about the new project, Ribot explains, "I am alarmed by Trump and the movement he’s part of. I’ve spent a good chunk of my life running around the world on tour—I’m kind of an accidental internationalist—and I see that he’s not an isolated phenomenon. And if we don’t deal with what is going on, it is going to deal with us.”
Songs of Resistance 1942 - 2018 will also include contributions from Steve Earle, Meshell Ndegeocello, Justin Vivian Bond, Sam Amidon, and more.