"America Is Not The World" as written by Alain Gordon Whyte and Steven Patrick Morrissey....
America, your head's too big
Because America
Your belly's too big
And I love you
I just wish you'd stay where you is

Oh...in America
The land of the free, they said
And of opportunity
In a just and a truthful way
But where the president
Is never black, female or gay
And until that day
You've got nothing to say to me
To help me believe

Oh...in America
It brought you the hamburger
Oh well America you know where
You can shove your hamburger
And don't you wonder
Why in Estonia they say
Hey you big fat pig
You fat pig, You fat pig

Steely blue eyes
With no love in them
Scan The World
And a humorless smile
With no warmth within
Greets the world
And I, I have got nothing
To offer you
No-no-no-no-no
Just this heart, deep and true
Which you say you don't need

See with your eyes
Touch with your hands, please
Hear through your ears
Know in your soul, please
For haven't you me with you now?
And I love you
I love you
I love you
And I love you
I love you
I love you


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"America Is Not the World" as written by Alain Gordon Whyte Steven Morrissey

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  • +3
    General CommentWhen I first heard this song, I thought, that's exactly what I've been trying to put into words for the past two years. I love my country, but I despise what George W. Bush and the right-wing propaganda have turned it into. I just wish the government would stop damaging our foreign relations, taking away civil rights, and butting into other countries' business. It just makes me feel ashamed to be American sometimes.

    By the way, tps12, Morrissey's last name isn't Smith...it's MORRISSEY.
    Naked_Clownon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General Comment@Orion - seeing as everyone else has attacked most of what you say as being complete crap, I may as well have a go with the rest.....

    "This is not true, the Hamburger was invented in the German city of Hamburg, hence the name."

    That's rubbish, hamburgers (or beefburgers in the UK) were not invented in Hamburg - this is a often believed myth. It originates from the Arabs in the middle ages, but the modern recipe/usageage between 2 buns was very much an North American creation.

    "Burger King, which sells about as many hamburgers as McDonald's is a UK corporation. "

    Burger King was a US corporation until 2002, where it was bought by a UK company Diageo. It was founded in the 50's in Miami, Florida. Ray Croc (McDonald's founder) even sold them milkshake machines back in the day. So whilst technically it's a UK Corporation many would view it as a US Company.
    jimmy69on February 26, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commenttps12, no one has to make a song that attacks Britain in a similar way, he already did it himself! "irish blood, english heart" is a similar song about how he is conflicted between love of his country and the awful policies of its government. oh, and maybe he wrote it because we're at war! yknow cos some people are against sensless killing.
    just a thought!
    wreckedonyou32on April 11, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"America your head's too big, Because America, Your belly's too big ... "
    - greed, politically its imperialistic practices, controlling country governments who are supposed to be independent, big belly for profits and sources of cheap raw materials for its big industries.

    "The land of the free, they said, And of opportunity, In a just and a truthful way
    But where the president, Is never black, female or gay, ..."
    - trying to be the bastion of democracy to the world, waging wars against those he declare as authoritarian, though history has shown its support to dictatorships which America benefits; democratic though discrimination is still prevalent, in short lip service, propaganda-value democracy, deception, etc.

    "In America, It brought you the hamburger, Well America you know where, You can shove your hamburger ..."
    - can be about vegetarianism, but generally not just hamburgers, it's colonial rule, more on cultural domination, like though there are some countries who are not natural on burgers or any American commodity, the western media, the all-out propaganda machinery dictates people from different societies to "eat hamburgers" or use American goods, as they are marketed as of better quality compared to their local products.

    "And I, I have got nothing, To offer you
    No-no-no-no-no
    Just this heart deep and true, Which you say you don't need ..."
    - America says "the hell with your hospitality, I need huge profits". or "your warm welcome is good but I need cash"

    "I love you"
    - as America has dominated the world for a long time, and people got used to American culture, system, etc., "I love you" because they have already dug up a deep root to every people, or "I love you" because I don't want you to kill me.
    screamingtuodon June 20, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment'wish you'd stay where you is' - a comment on America's poor education system?

    Also, rhymes better than 'where you are'...
    FishesWillLaughon August 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHey tps12, I bet it's very easy to say from where you're sitting at Columbia that it was not responsible or respectful for Morrissey to say such awful things, but that's why we have freedom of speech remember? It's very easy for me to remind you of your Constitutional rights given that I'm in the U.S. Air Force in SW Asia participating in operations that support a "WAR" that myself and most of the free world do not believe in. Morrissey can say whatever he pleases, clearly you have been brainwashed by the right wing propoganda machine that tells us that critizing or asking questions is "unpatriotic", think for yourself and respect other's views.
    DArKjAgUaR773on March 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok Orion their are a few mistakes with ur statements that id like to adress.

    firstly do not criticize Morrissey's english skills or education for that matter. He has never made a grammatical mistake in any of his lyrics, quite the contrary actually the line "I just wish you'd stay where you is " seems like it doesnt make sense, but it is actually proper english... if u look at any english songs u will notice that it has always been done in an odd way like that... if u dont believe me look at 1800th century church hymns.

    You are saying that it is wrong for him to say "America" instead of USA or united states of America, but doesnt ur country constantly say "God Bless America" duhh, obviously America is a common name assosciated to the USA.

    This may be purely speculation but i guarantee if u ran a Black or gay candidate for president u would lose quite a substantial amount of votes. It would be political suicide for a party to do such a thing, and that is why it is not even considered. Most of us find it quite disturbing that so many american citizens are so shallow, dont you? And don;t say i have no evidence, i wish a gay representative would run for the republicans tomorrow, hed received less than 30% of the popular vote i guarantee it.

    I wont even touch on your 'Macarthy'esque anti communist comments. i am not a communist and im not sure if morrissey is. But one thing for certain is that he opposes greed, and the selfishness involved in it.

    "he seems to be a tortured soul" im not even gonna dwell into this, ur obviously a nut who actually thinks souls exist. Drop ur bible and your dogma.
    MarcelDwayneon April 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hope you were talking the piss Orion? :-).
    Dr Strangeloveon July 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI came to this same conclusion upon reaching the line about Sinatra. When I started reading, I got really angry, especially with the hamburger bit (I always assumed this referred to the foreign world and I'm pretty sure Morrissey knows where the hambrger was invented, he's an intelligent man against animal abuse) ....but then I realised it was just a joke, so, well, whatever...nevermind.

    This is an ace song, kind of self-explanatory but it's great to see it can spring so much (politically-charged) discussion.
    TerminalDescenton August 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOrion, some words and phrases to describe your post:-
    - Long-winded
    - Pathetic
    - Pedantic
    - Missing the point

    Where you do look for meaning it either isn't there ("blue eyes" - Sinatra) or you fail to see the irony ("America"). Then again, your post might be ironic itself considering how ridiculous it reads. ;)
    RdeCon December 30, 2005   Link

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