Richard Barone – Hey, Can I Sleep on Your Futon? (2012)

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“Hey, Can I Sleep on Your Futon?” is former Bongos frontman Richard Barone’s contribution to the upcoming all-star Occupy This Album compilation, created to benefit the Occupy Wall Street movement and featuring songs from 99 major artists. All proceeds from the album will go to the movement, a cause that can now be found in 951 cities and 83 countries. Barone’s track, written with the aid of frequent collaborator Matthew Billy, is a gentle but persuasive call to arms detailing the struggles of four characters hurt by the recession; a soldier, a musician, a recent graduate, and a finance industry worker. The lyrics speak to how this country’s implicit promise of hard work being rewarded has been broken. Of the OWS movement itself, Barone says, “This is an unprecedented raising of voices. I am thrilled to add mine to the many.” The music video for the song was directed by New York filmmaker Jason Lester, an ardent supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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