An Evening With John Kerry & Friends
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles, California
June 24, 2004
The June 7th concert for the John Kerry campaign, at which Barbra Streisand was to perform on a program also featuring Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson and Billy Crystal, was postponed shortly after the announcement of the death of former President Ronald Reagan.
Jan Wenner, editor and publisher of Rolling Stone, who executive produced the campaign fundraising events for Kerry said: "The idea for the Los Angeles show was really to present the American classics, the great big standards. Willie, Billy, Barbra and Neil — these are people who sing to the heartland of America."
Barbra told USA Today, “I'm working for John Kerry because I believe this is the most important election of our lifetime. In a climate of national and economic insecurity, we are looking for a leader with the intellect and courage to set this country back on the right course.”
At the rescheduled June 24th show, Streisand's set list included the following performed songs:
- Come Rain or Come Shine
- You Don't Bring Me Flowers (with Neil Diamond)
- People [with special lyrics; see below]
- I Believe
The New York Times wrote:
Ms. Streisand, who entered and exited from stage left, the opposite side from everyone else, did the longest set, interrupting her songs with political riffs ... Ms. Streisand crooned at center stage, where a stool, table, vase with red roses, teapot and cup had been placed for her performance, while Mr. Diamond sang from remote stage right, walking into the spotlight only for the final chorus, and the tender kiss the two shared afterwards ... Then Ms. Streisand, in a lacy black gown with a plunging V-neck and greenish fringe hanging off the back, upstaged herself with a political parody of "People" that made Mr. [Billy] Crystal's material sound almost centrist.
The event raised over $5,000,000 to support the Democratic Presidential candidacy.
By Alan & Marilyn Bergman
I MEAN G - O - P - EOPLE -
WHO'D BELIEVE THERE'S SUCH PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD?
THEY'RE DIVIDING THE PLANET'S OIL
ACCORDING TO RICHARD "POIL"
AND THEY'RE ALL JUST TRAINEES
WE MUST GET RID OF RUMSFELD -
HE'S THE SPOOKIEST PERSON IN THE WORLD.
AS FOR POWELL -
HE'S NEITHER FISH NOR FOWL.
HE'S IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM,
WHILE THEY'RE ALL FIDDLING WITH DOOM.
NO ONE'S MINDING THE STORE.
LET'S DISCUSS THIS WAR WE'RE LOST IN,
DON'T ASK WHAT IT'S COSTIN' -
WHAT'S A TRILLION OR TWO TO RULE THE WORLD?
HOW I WANT THE SENATE!
ALL WE NEED IS TWO PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!
HOW I DREAD EV'RY TIME HE SITS -
SCARED OUT OF MY WOLFOWITZ.
TIME THOSE NEO-CON GUYS
WERE GONE GUYS.
THEY'RE LYING -
WHILE THE GLOBE IS FRYING -
AND THE FISHES ARE DYING IN THE WORLD.
FOR ALL OF THE POLLUTION:
IS JUST TO BEAR IT AND GRIN,
AND PRACTICE NOT BREATHING IN.
BUT THINGS ARE GONNA BE GREAT.
JUST WAIT -
WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE STATIONERY,
READS PRESIDENT JOHN KERRY -
WE'LL BE THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!
Original music: Jule Styne
Original lyrics: Bob Merrill
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