I’ve got a new song for Election Day. It’s called “Both Sides of the Fence.”  I’m releasing it exclusively by mailing list on Nov.8.

A new song for Election Day, 2016 by Aron Van Alstine

Cover art for the song, “Both Sides of the Fence” by Aron Van Alstine

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I love that line in “This Land is Your Land” by Woodie Guthrie.


As I went walking I saw a sign there

And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”

But on the other side it didn’t say nothing.


I love the way he changes your point of view.


That’s something I try to do in my songwriting: to look at things from different points of view. Maybe that’s why I’m not in politics. In an election year it seems like everyone is talking about who is right or wrong, true or false. It’s all about creating division, about taking sides. “Both Sides of the Fence” is about remembering that we’re all human. We’re all guests on planet earth. I’m not sure who’s hosting the party, but I’m sure they’re not a republican or a democrat.


You can’t take it any more.

You’ve heard it all before.

Another man with a microphone’s

Got a chip on his funny bone.


Everyone is a guest on both sides of the fence.

What are you against?


We could move a mountain range,

But what’s the point this day and age?

Politics is such a joke,

But we don’t laugh or cry in fact we barely choke.


Everyone is a guest on both sides of the fence.

What are you against?


We could build a wall sky-high,

But who really wants to run and hide.

Let’s build a bomb of poetry.

When it goes off… to be or not to be.

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Recorded live with Scott Belsha on drums, Jacob Keller on bass, yours truly on guitar and vocals, and Rory Stalwick on the mixing board. Mastered by the master, Tony Humecke. Photo by Mariana Schulze.


Inspired by the music of Betty Davis. Thanks for the introduction, David Gorospe.


Thanks to Maggie O’ for all the support and tolerance and love. Thanks to DDog for el stoke. Thanks to MC Rory for the enthusiasm the gear and the Joni Mitchell impersonation, to Barb Rudd for debate pizza, to John Duncan for reading this post, to my number 1 fans Shannon Rudd and Adam Ross, and to Sparky Johnson (aka Prank Williams). Thanks to Oak Grove School, to Mom and Dad for not being on Facebook, to Kate Bratt for nieces. And to you. Thank you for sharing this music.


More listening

The New Yorker’s Election Day Playlist  Listen to these songs before you vote, after you vote, and while you are following the returns.

Drunken Werewolf’s Election Day Top 10  Check out #5 if you’re a sucker for the 70’s (like me.)  A deep cut from The Jam.

Political Songs for Election Day on Spotify  Some obvious hits and some off-the-radar gems.