As one of the Proverbs clearly states: When Babs sings, we listen.
Giving us a temporary refuge in our current political hell, Barbra Streisand has released a new song — her first in quite a while — and this one serves as the musical equivalent of a savage Donald Trump takedown.
Enter “Don’t Lie to Me,” which, at its heart, serves as a message to the president on why he’s so hell-bent on tearing the country apart. “How do you sleep when the world is burning?” she croons in one of the stanzas. “I just went ballistic. I just can’t stand what’s going on,” Streisand told the Associated Press in a corresponding interview. “His assault on our democracy, our institutions, our founders — I think we’re in a fight. … we’re in a war for the soul of America.”
The song comes in anticipation of the icon’s upcoming November album Walls, which, the AP notes, is her first album of new material since 2005. “I wanted to talk about the things that were making me feel so sad, heartbroken,” she said of the album. “I’m a kind of fierce American. I don’t know who we are anymore as a country. Are we embracing people who flee oppression? Or are we separating children from parents, putting them in cages? I don’t know if people care about the planet, the survival of the planet. Do they care about clean air? Clean water? Clean food? If they do, how could they vote for somebody like Trump, who believes it’s a hoax. I’m frightened for this country. And yet, I have hope. It’s important that people believe in the power of their own voice and how much that changes things.”