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Mariah Carey releases Obama-inspired ballad 'Bring It On Home'

Pop divas have fawned over President Obama with spectacularly over-the-top tributes leading up to his reelection on Tuesday.

Katy Perry wore skintight latex mini dresses with pro-Obama messages (one was a ballot) when she campaigned for him, Beyonce offered her “respect and admiration” to Obama in a handwritten letter and Madonna? Well, she got plenty of ink for cheekily endorsing the "black Muslim in the White House."

But Mariah Carey took the political passion to a surprisingly sane level by issuing a song in tribute of the president called “Bring It On Home.”

Producer Jermaine Dupri debuted the studio version of the soulful ballad on his Global14 website Wednesday. He tweeted that Carey, who first performed the song at a campaign event earlier this year, wrote it specifically for Obama.

"We just everyday people, tryin' to make it through the pain, Yet we intentionally hurt each other playing silly games," she sings. "But when it comes down to win or lose, don't give up the fight, cause strength is what we need and love can save our lives."

The piano driven track falls in line with Carey’s repertoire of gospel-influenced ballads. While the focus is on her soaring vocals -- not that we expected anything less -- she drives home a lot of the values Obama touched on in his victory speech Wednesday morning.

And people say pop stars never stand for anything.  

Take a listen below. 

 

 

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