What America do I live in if not this one?
and what do they think they are exporting? it's not me.
This land is my land where ever I stand
only that money belongs to thee.

The riot of history, our history of riots
and the life you've stangled out of the word 'free'
Liberty ain't an airport in Newark
and towers don't need to be free.
You drop the 'e' in equality
something nice in a high end catalogue
never sent to the likes of me.
This land is my land where ever I stand,
what god has made let no man lease.

Some of the phrases in that rhetoric you're stuttering
must mean the opposite to you than it does to me.
yeah being scared and confused i guess is a part of freedom
is that what you wanted me to get out of that speech?
Is there another America than the one I live in & why do i get their TV?
This land is my land and you should understand that when you say 'we'.

Oh say do you see
that the America you live in is not this one
and that you don't protect or represent me.
This land is my land but from where i stand outside the gated communities I can see
there is another America than the one I live in
and what they're exporting is me
this land is my land, where ever I stand
See you in the funny papers, or in the penitentiary.
this land is my land and I mean goddamn you're embarrassing me.

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    General Commentthis is easily the best song that appears on the "rock against bush" compilation.
    okokayokon April 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThere's some pretty sweet songs on there, I dunno. It is pretty awesome though.
    prayingmantis84on May 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentat the show in cleveland last week, they wouldnt play the song. they said "we already have too many FBI agents on our tails". haha.
    amazing band to see live. life-changing some might say. you can learn how to waltz! wahoo!
    bigiggmacon June 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthmm, if they didnt play this song because they "have too many FBI agents on our tails" then doesnt this song seem kinda hypocritical? he says this land is my land and how there should be equality and fairness, but then he wont go and sing the song about it cause hes scared of some FBI thugs? if hes really promoting equality and freedom he needs to practice it as well, not just sing about it and not doing anything outside of music for it. thats just me though...
    browntown13on March 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBrowntown - If they didn't play it because 'they were being chased by the FBI', I think they would rather not be thrown in jail and then be covered up. To do something, we'd need a lot of people. Once we have that, there's no one to cover us up. 50 million people surrounding the White House would be great.
    Father Timeon May 29, 2006   Link
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    General Comment...Or it was a joke, and they weren't prepared to play it that night. lol. Sometimes with 30 rotating band members, you don't always have everyone to play everything.
    Sabbiton April 01, 2007   Link

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