WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A new song about Florida praises Governor Ron DeSantis.
The song, titled “Sweet Florida”, was written by Jacksonville rockers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant, famous for “Lynyrd Skynyrd” and “38 Special”.
DeSantis, who is featured in the accompanying music video, also praised the song on his re-election campaign’s official Twitter account, thanking the brothers for their new single.
“I feel like this could be the song of the summer,” DeSantis tweeted Friday morning.
To coincide with the song’s release, DeSantis is selling “The Sweet Florida Line” clothing on its campaign website. They include t-shirts, sweatshirts, cowboy boot coolies and a guitar pick with the words “Sweet Florida: GRD x Van Zant”.
The opening lyrics set the stage for the song’s pro-DeSantis emphasis.
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“The press doesn’t like him, but he sure has my stuff,” sings Johnny Van Zant. “He stands for what he believes in. So don’t come here trying to change things. We’re doing great in the Sunshine State. Stay out of my business, leave our government alone.”
Other partisan talking points mentioned in the nearly five-minute music video, which includes a preamble between Johnny Van Zant and DeSantis, include distrust of the media (“He shoots us straight, tells us the truth “), taunts President Joe Biden (“He doesn’t care what Brandon thinks”) and the nation’s top public health official, Dr. Anthony Fauci (“Well, he’s attacking the swamp and calling Fauci”), declares the lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic (“Well, we’re not locked down. We still have our freedom. We can still see our friends and family. Our children are in school and we can go to church on Sundays, and all because DeSantis knows how to lead.”) and patriotism (“Our governor, he is red, white and blue.”).
DeSantis and the Van Zant brothers appeared on Fox News earlier in the morning to pitch the song and explain its origin.
“He represents everything we believe in, and he’s been a great governor for us,” Johnny Van Zant said on ‘Fox & Friends,’ explaining how the governor called him and asked if he’d write a song. for the re-election of the governor. countryside.
The Van Zants said it only took them a few hours to write it.
DeSantis said he didn’t expect a brand new original song.
“I thought they would just do something very minor, change one of their old songs,” DeSantis said. “But, you know, for them to do this, I think it’s really, really special. They did a great job, and it’s a catchy song.”
The song is available for download on Apple Music and Spotify.