The song was commissioned by This American Life, the PBS radio program that is also one of the most listened to podcasts. It was heard in the segment titled “Will I Know Anyone at This Party?,” which premiered October 28.
The show is produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media.
Ryan, the highest-ranking Republican in U.S. government, is struggling to hold together the various factions of his party, while trying to decide how to position himself in relation to the party's candidate for president, Donald Trump.
In the song, Harris provides the voice of Ryan’s thoughts. Trump is not mentioned by name, but this section of lyric seems to refer to Ryan’s decision not to campaign for Trump after a recording emerged of the candidate bragging about groping women, according to The Washington Post.
“It’s only for your sake that I endorsed
I’m sure you could tell it was completely forced
Now the guy is calling me a wussy
I wish I could grab him by the… lapels and tell him
I’ll be there to pick up all the pieces
I’ll be there no matter what they say
Cut him loose and don’t let him near your nieces
Then come on back to me”
Listen to the song here:
Harris won the Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Lopez won Tony Awards for Best Book and Score of The Book of Mormon and the score of Avenue Q. Anderson-Lopez’s musical In Transit opens on Broadway this fall.
This American Life recently hosted another Broadway star, Leslie Odom Jr., singing President Barack Obama’s inner thoughts in the Sara Bareilles song “Seriously.”