Ouch: Michael Moore Sings Dylan On ‘Occupy This Album’

Michael Moore has never been one to resist an open microphone.

While times may be changing, Moore never does. “Occupy this Album” features an exclusive track by the tone-deaf lefty activist, famous for his controversial films which include “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

Moore’s track, a redone version of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A Changing,” includes a clip of a call and response from the Occupiers. (Dylan, by the way, apparently approved of Moore’s use of the song, although he himself does not sing on the album).

“It’s too bad they weren’t satisfied/with all the billions they’d accumulated/but like addicts/they had to have more/they’re out of control/and we are here/to conduct an intervention.”

Sounds like a fun group.

The album’s 99 tracks (plus one “hidden” track) by 99 artists feature such musical personalities as Yoko Ono, Third Eye Blind, Jackson Browne and Willie Nelson. Set to release on May 15, the creators of the album obviously hope to infuse some much-needed life into the movement.

The album comes just two weeks after what was supposed to be a day of celebration and renewed vigor for the Occupy movement, “May Day.” But May Day came and went without nearly the amount of attention, or participation, that the organizers had desired.

Moore has voiced his support for the Occupy movement before, including a CNN appearance back in October where he stated that the Occupiers themselves were peaceful, and that the real rioters were the police.

The album has already piqued the interest of such typically lefty outlets as Rolling Stone and the LA Times. Rolling Stone referred to the work as an “A-list album,” although Moore’s song raises doubts as to how that could be the case.

All proceeds from this album will go to the Occupy Movement. Maybe they can use some of the money to get Moore some much needed singing lessons.

Take a listen, if you dare. (WARNING: May not be suitable for those with the ability to hear).

Mike Ciandella
Mike Ciandella
Mike Ciandella is a staff writer for the Media Research Center's Business & Media Institute.