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'Kill the PM' song not worth a response - Key

A song that talks about violently killing John Key is being investigated by police, but the Prime Minister is not buying into the issue.

Police probe song talking about killing John Key. Source: 1 NEWS

But even though 'Kill the PM' talks about taking a sawn off shotgun to the Prime Minister's house, the band who wrote it says it isn't serious and all it wants is for people to vote.

Politics was entertainment when Kiwi band Homebrew hit the stage in 2013.

But fast forward more than a year and the anti-John Key anthem is back. And in the lead-up to the election thousands of people are watching and sharing it online

The song's lyrics include: "I'm gonna kill the Prime Minister cos we all down here suffering and that ************ ain't do nothing."

The song, now published by the crew's new band 'At Peace' talks about murdering the Prime Minister, and gets personal with the lyric: "One of these days, I'm going to f*** your daughter."

On the campaign trail, Mr Key is not buying into controversy over the song.

"I just don't think it's worth dignifying it with a response," he told reporters today.

Songwriter Tom Scott, the man ONE News understands wrote the song, also didn't want to respond but has never shied away from speaking up.

"We do have an agenda and it's to make sure that there's some kind of equality,you know" he told TVNZ's 2020.

Today he posted on Facebook: "I do not literally want to kill this man. I do not want to have sexual relations with anybody related to him. It's just a song."

Dan Wrightson of Juice TV says words that may be used in hip hop as part of everyday language may be extremely offensive to people who don't use those words.

The hidden message, according to At Peace, is that everyone should enrol to vote.

Labour leader David Cunliffe says he doesn't condone the song.

"I don't condone that kind of expression. I don't think anybody should be urging others to break the law or commit violent or repulsive acts," he told reporters.

The Electoral Commission and police are now checking out the song, made by a band which has had support from New Zealand on Air in the past. The band has been granted around $30,000 of funding over four years. But New Zealand on Air says all of that was for individual projects and "Kill the PM" didn't get a cent.

But thanks to the election, the group now has the type of exposure money can't buy.