This Rick Santorum Campaign Song Is Country, Catchy, & More Than A Little Creepy — LISTEN

Hours before our newest presidential candidate, the one and only Rick Santorum, announced his run for president, a piece of country music that appeared to be Rick Santorum's official campaign song popped up on SoundCloud. It was uploaded by the subtly-named Santorum for President, also known as "Rick Santorum, United States" — was Santorum too excited to wait for the actual announcement before setting this free on the world? — and it is called "Take Back America." Because... well, you geddit.

Isn't it time to unleash the pride, I ask you? Open our eyes? And take back America? Perhaps this is my stream of consciousness; perhaps this is Santorum's theme song. You decide! The full song was removed from SoundCloud not long after BuzzFeed's Megan Apper revealed that yes, this exists, but the full-length song was fortunately replaced speedily by a 45-second clip that repeats, "Take back America" in a way that makes you want to bump your head from side to side and also smash it against a wall.

Courtesy of Uproxx, the original version of the track also noted:

This is for the man, workin’ the factory, makin’ drivetrain.

This is for the farmer, workin’ the wheat fields, growin’ long grain.

This is for the preachers, the teachers, blue collar warriors, this is for believers whose dreams are on the line.

Hey, Rick? There are women farmers too, you know. (14 percent of farm owners are female, according to 2012 census data.) But this is guy who believes "our country will fail" because of gay marriage, suspects Obamacare is just like apartheid in South Africa, and thinks birth control is "a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be." It's not exactly a surprise that his campaign song is a little short-sighted.

What is a surprise is just how catchy it is. Look, it's not going to beat out Taylor Swift anytime soon, but the earnest, oft-repeated, "Take back America" is a pretty strong hook. (That said, I'm not known for my strong taste in music. I still suspect One Direction will one day be regarded as Bob Dylan, in multiple, of our time. Probably.)

Here's the logo beside the SoundCloud track, which I suspect is Santorum's team's attempt at being edgy.

I have a lot of thoughts about this song, but Rick Santorum, United States, has disabled comments. Sad face.

Somewhere, Santorum is probably rubbing his hands together in glee and thinking, "Hillary hasn't even got a campaign song yet. Amateur."

Images: SantorumForPresident/SoundCloud