Hillary Clinton’s bid to become the next president of the United States finally has a soundtrack, with Celine Dion’s You and I taking the honours in the search for a campaign theme song.

Dion’s ditty, which falls one soaring guitar solo short of a power ballad, was voted the winner by supporters (and enemies, you suspect) ahead of nine other finalists including Tina Turner, U2, Lenny Kravitz, and The Police.

As a bonus, the song comes with an intro filmed by Clinton and hubby Bill which spoofs the final episode of The Sopranos — watch it here. It should answer any lingering questions you have about why the pair chose a career in politics instead of the dramatic arts. Meanwhile, here are the lyrics to You and I

High above the mountains, far across the sea
I can hear your voice calling out to me
Brighter than the sun and darker than the night
I can see your love shining like a light
And on and on this earth spins like a carousel
If I could travel across the world
The secrets I would tell

You and I
Were meant to fly
Higher than the clouds
We’ll sail across the sky
So come with me
And you will feel
That we’re soaring
That we’re floating up so high
Cause you and I were meant to fly

Sailing like a bird high on the wings of love
Take me higher than all the stars above
I’m burning, yearning
Gently turning round and round
I’m always rising up I never
Want to come back down

And isn’t the punditariat loving it. Writes one blogger:

Just in case you needed further reason to think Hillary is an out-of-touch weirdo, here’s a new one. After a long — and, frankly, pretty cool and innovative — online search for her campaign theme song, Hillary settled on You and I by, dear lord, Celine Dion.

Writes another:

The supposed smartest and most politically savvy woman in America is too stupid to know that when choosing your campaign’s theme song, you’d be better off picking a tune from a freaking American artist.

Dion is French-Canadian, prompting comments that Clinton has begun outsourcing American jobs even before she has moved the family photos into the White House. Worse still, there is a suggestion the song was written originally for an Air Canada advertisement, which makes sense of the airports and airliners in Dion’s original filmclip.

Bu then, there’s a people-in-glasshouses aspect to this story. Politicians aiming for high office are not unique to the US right now. Prime ministerial wannabe Kevin Rudd has a new theme song that was penned by no less a talent than Vince Pizzinga, one of Delta Goodrem’s songwriters. And if that tune proves anything perhaps it’s that we shouldn’t be too tough on Hillary — bad taste in music afflicts politicians everywhere.

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