On Harps and Angels, Randy Newman is back with his wonderfully sharp tongue.  His songs over the decades have skewered rednecks, kingpins and heartless politicians.  Newman may be the most misunderstood songwriter ever:  The narrators of his songs say things about the slave trade or short people that he would never say, but that doesn’t stop people from being angry with him.  How many?

Newman puts the figure at “26,438,982.”

Randy’s been making the rounds at NPR.  Listen to a recent interview on All Things Considered, hear a live concert or check out his guest DJ appearance on All Songs Considered.