"Million Dollar Loan" - Death Cab For Cutie [YouTube Music Video]

Francesco Marano

by Francesco Marano

Published October 10, 2016

With all the craziness surrounding this presidential election, Death Cab For Cutie have been inspired to pen a new song titled "Million Dollar Loan" about the Republican nominee Donald Trump. Watch the music video above, courtesy of the band's YouTube.

Singer Ben Gibbard shared a statement regarding the song on the band's Facebook page:

"Million Dollar Loan" is the result of a collaboration/arrangement process we as DCFC have never attempted before. After writing the song I recorded only acoustic guitars and vocals. I then sent these tracks to Dave, Zac, Nick and Jason. I gave them instructions to write, record and send back parts for MDL with the caveat that no one was allowed to hear what the others were doing. Upon receiving everyone's work I was really amazed at how well everything worked together and arranged the song accordingly.

Lyrically, "Million Dollar Loan" deals with a particularly tone deaf moment in Donald Trump's ascent to the Republican nomination. While campaigning in New Hampshire last year he attempted to cast himself as a self-made man by claiming he built his fortune with just a "small loan of a million dollars" from his father. Not only has this statement been proven to be wildly untrue, he was so flippant about it. Like it was no big deal. It truly disgusted me. I remember thinking, "surely THIS will be the turning point. To refer to an amount of money most working class people will never see in their lifetime as 'small' illustrates a shocking lack of perspective. Assuredly now everyone will see this man for the charlatan he truly is." And yet, here we are.

Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that he is unworthy of the honor and responsibility of being President of The United States of America and in no way, shape or form represents what America truly stands for. He is beneath us. On November 8th we Americans must show ourselves and the world we are BETTER than this. - Ben

If you haven't done so already, pick up the band's 2015 album, Kintsugi, on Amazon (Vinyl, CD, Cassette, MP3). You can also stream the full album for free and read our review here on Zumic.

For Death Cab For Cutie's latest music, news, and tour dates, check out their Zumic artist page.

Source: Death Cab For Cutie YouTube

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