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Music hath charms to soothe the savage political breast

Children's musician Raffi implores his fellow Canadians, young and old, to exercise their democratic right on May 2 in a YouTube video.

Okay, so they aren't going to eat up the charts.

And they're likely to produce more winces and groans than lively rounds of foot-tapping.

These musical offerings from Canadians have been inspired by something more than the fleeting hormonal rush of love at first sight, or the gloom of romance gone bad.

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They are inspired by politics - and, more specifically, the political leaders we are seeing and hearing every day of this election campaign.

Some of the songs are rather mean-spirited; some of them are rather funny.

And some of them - well, it's hard to know just what to make of them.

Take this ode to Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, by Josh Rachlis, that came to the attention of The Globe when Ms. May thanked the artist publicly on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

And she's not the only one with admirers. Jack Layton was the subject of this tune by Fojeba, a Toronto-based singer-songwriter born in Cameroon.

Of course, the closer someone actually gets to the seat of power, the more likely they are to stir negative sorts of emotions.

There is, for instance, this jazz number about Stephen Harper by John Roby.

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In the interest of fair play, we'll include this country tune about Michael Ignatieff, even though it's now a year-and-a-half old.

Oh, and wait. What day is it? Why, it's April 20! So in honour of our friends who are staring out the windows at the rain and wondering if they should show up on Parliament Hill with their baggies and bowls: Party on, dudes!

And finally, there is this plea and political ditty from one of Canada's masters of song. Well, okay, maybe Raffi isn't top-20 material, but he's on every Canadian parent's playlist. And lots of Canadian voters grew up listening to him. Will they listen to him now?

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