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Baltimore's Ryan Harvey releases 'Old Man Trump' protest song with lyrics by Woody Guthrie

As a leading songwriter of the politically minded Riot-Folk music collective, Baltimore artist and activist Ryan Harvey is used to writing his own lyrics.

But "Old Man Trump," a song he released last month, is a unique exception.

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The words were written by folk legend Woody Guthrie in the early '50s, but only recently did Harvey — along with his famous collaborators Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/Prophets of Rage) and Ani DiFranco — put the words to music.

Watch the trio's video for "Old Man Trump," filmed in Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood by Human Being Productions and released last week, above.

For context, a brief history lesson: In 1950, Oklahoma native Guthrie signed a lease for a Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment owned by Fred Trump, father of Donald. Soon after, Guthrie grew disillusioned by what he considered housing discrimination and segregation against black people, according to recent findings by Will Kaufman, professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire.

Newly published journals found Guthrie expressing his frustration through lyrics, including the lines: "I suppose / Old Man Trump knows / Just how much Racial Hate / he stirred up / In the bloodpot of human hearts / When he drawed / That color line / Here at his / Eighteen hundred family project."

Harvey, who co-founded the national Riot-Folk collective in 2004, contacted Guthrie's daughter, Nora, about using her father's lyrics for a modern song against Donald Trump, reports Baltimore Magazine. Morello, who launched Firebrand Records with Harvey in June 2015, and DiFranco provided background vocals and a guitar solo.

"I'm standing up against Old Man Trump because when it comes to race relations, he's like an old-school segregationist," Morello says in a YouTube video promoting the song. "So let's not elect that guy, and I want you to stand up against Old Man Trump, too. Not just him but the history that he represents and the policies that he put forward."

A Donald Trump protest song titled ¿CIT4DT¿ by three Baltimore residents has gone viral since hitting the Internet on Sunday, when a Soundcloud link and YouTube video were uploaded.

The single is on sale on iTunes and is streaming on Spotify. Baltimore's Right to Housing Alliance announced on Facebook that Firebrand pledged to donate a portion of the proceeds from single purchases to the organization.

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