Video: Jackson Browne Debuts Protest Tune at Occupy Wall Street

Songwriter performs with Dawes in Manhattan

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Jackson Browne and Dawes played a brief, spirited acoustic set at the Occupy Wall Street protest at Manhattan's Zuccotti Park this afternoon, which included this new tune by Browne that expresses solidarity with the Occupy movement.

"It's really hard to write a song about issues," Browne tells Rolling Stone. (Watch our interview with Browne below.) "On the other hand, a movement like this doesn't need every song to be a movement song. Somebody asked me the name of that song, and I thought, well, I'm actually not sure what the title is. Maybe 'Which Side Are You On?' That's, of course, the title of an old Civil Rights marching song that I grew up singing when I was 16, 17 years old."

"For me, being 26 years old, growing up, there's always been a negative connotation with the term 'protest,'" says Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith, who performed a few of his band's originals alongside Browne at the rally. "Now, for the first time, there's a pride that goes along with it."

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