John Legend Debuts New Song at Dem Convention in Denver

August 26, 2008 9:01 AM ET

Last night at the opening festivities of the Democratic National Convention in Denver, John Legend provided some in-house entertainment, taking the stage to debut his new politically minded song "If You're Out There." The song's lyrics closely echo Obama campaign slogans, with lines like "We've been looking for the world to change" and "Tomorrow's starting now" and "No more broken promises, no more call to war, unless it's love and peace that we're really fighting for." "'If You're Out There' reflects the themes of hope and change, responsibility and leadership, and commitment to a better tomorrow expressed in the principles of Barack Obama and the hearts of the American people," Legend said in a statement. You can download the track for free by going to Barack Obama's website here, or if you like the song but don't support the candidate, you can also pick it up at the politically neutral iTunes. The song will also appear on Legend's upcoming album Evolver, due out October 28th.

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