Weird Al Yankovic Warns: ‘Don’t Download This Song’

Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s undeniable that Weird Al Yankovic has produced some of the most memorable parodies and satirical music from the late 20th century to the present.

The Digital Music Weblog, our affiliate, has recently uncovered a new project by Weird Al titled “Don’t Download This Song.” The song humorously addresses the slippery slope of illegal downloading and its exaggerated consequences.

Using a dedicated promotional website, Weird Al introduces this track with a music video and a free download option, ahead of his forthcoming album.

Grant from TDMW highlights a particularly striking lyric mentioned by Christopher Springman at Public Knowledge: “Cause you start out stealing songs/then you’re robbing liquor stores/and selling crack/and running over schoolkids with your car.” It seems the satire is not just aimed at illegal downloaders but also at the industry’s extreme reactions to them.

You can safely download the track without fear of repercussions from the RIAA—at least, that’s the current situation.


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