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Whoops. The dumbass Bush campaign didn’t bother to check with the songwriter of “Still the One” (the 80s Orleans tune, not the Shania Twain song) before using it during his rallies. John Hall is filing a complaint. (AP)

Hall, a former Democratic county legislator in upstate New York, co-wrote “Still the One” and recorded it with his band Orleans in 1976. The cheery pop tune was played at Bush events Thursday and again Friday to open and close a rally for the president in New Hampshire.

“I was watching TV, and there all of a sudden was my song, my guitar playing, my voice coming out of the speakers,” said the 56-year-old Hall, still a working musician.

Hall wrote “Still the One” with his then-wife, Johanna D. Hall. The two as well as surviving members of the band are supporters of Democratic Sen. John Kerry and don’t want their work used to promote Bush’s re-election, Hall said.

…Hall’s lawyers are drafting a formal letter of complaint to the Bush campaign. A spokesman for the Republican did not immediately return calls for comment.

There’s also a good DKos thread on this. Did these Bushies not learn anything from Reagan’s campaign when they attempted to appropriate Bruce’s “Born in the USA” in ’84?

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