From “X-Files” to “Californication”, David Duchovny is dipping his toe in politics through music, with the new track “Layin’ On The Tracks”.
The new tune, the actor’s first political song, takes a few unsubtle jabs at a “stupid orange man in a cheap red hat” and the current state of the White House amid the ongoing U.S. presidential election.
“I went to bed [on Tuesday] really depressed,” Duchovny, 60, told Yahoo Entertainment. “I felt gut-punched. I felt very dark. I felt desolate. I felt I can’t put up with another four years of this guy.”
But added, “When I woke up this [Wednesday] morning and I saw what was going on, I felt a lot better.”
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I just wanted to go on record in a way that was both personal and political. A kind of snapshot of my mind and where I see us but not literal. Like a photo from a speeding train. Imagistic. Personal, but not personal. Putting a stop to the runaway locomotive things as they are—-Laying on the tracks. Making music against the chaos—-laying down the tracks. Don’t forget, Laying down a groove.The personal is political and the political personal these days. Vote the bums out.
Of the new song, Duchovny chatted with CNN, revealing, “It’s tricky because I’ve never really written a political song before. I just don’t. I just don’t think specifically like that.”
He added, “That’s the first time I’ve ever tried to time something so that it spoke to a certain moment.”
“Layin’ On The Tracks” is off Duchovny’s upcoming album, which has been delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.