Makana, a Hawaiian musician, wrote this song in support of Bernie Sanders, a United States senator from Vermont who was running for President. In the chorus, he appropriates "feel the Bern," a slogan many supporters attached to Sanders:And I feel the burn
For someone who can't be bought
"It was a fine line to riff something that was being recycled a lot and make if fresh," he said in a 2016 Songfacts interview
. "I was swimming one day last year and the melody came up for the chorus, 'And I feel the burn,' and I was like, 'Oh, that's cool.' I wrote it on piano and went into my workspace and started just playing with the idea of what I would want in a public servant. The characteristics and the values I would want, and those were the choruses. And then integrity and all of these attributes that are important that we can see in Bernie Sanders."
Sanders lost the Democratic primary to Hillary Clinton, who in turn lost the general election to Donald Trump.