He is the icon of our times, solution to our modern crimes. His trigger finger clicks remotes, as carbohydrates slowly bloat.

Not fragile, or brittle. He's seeking an acquittal.
No scruples, no meekness, he has but one great weakness.

All the world must have a price, save yourself from sacrifice, everything will end all right. American Kryptonite.

His mighty hands will hardly fail, his intellect is barely frail, he moves his lips in perfect sync, demanding an espresso drink.

With passion, he searches, he'll make another purchase.
Familiar, you know him, he's saying that you owe him.

It was like the Manifest Destiny all over again, except, instead of taking and consuming everything in their paths for God, they did so with the same fervor and sense of entitlement for their new god... themselves.

Buy, take, break, throw it away.


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    General CommentThis song is about greed... 100% of the way. Its about how we've become not only powerful as a nation, but greedy. How demanding we are about everything, and how much we take that same everything for granted.
    Cetlason January 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love the line about there new God....themselves.. How true, people today act so selfishly
    bonelessjellyfishon August 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwho does the song refer to in the word 'he' through out the song? Is it American Kryptonite? And if so what is American Kryptonite, or what does it mean? this is the song I have had so much trouble understanding.
    clutteron June 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI suppose the American Kryptonite is paper money. It's green and it brings us Americans to our knees.
    Panthorynon July 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAmerican Kryptonite isn't money, and every time the you hear the words: he, his, they, and their, it's talking about America itself.

    The American Kryptonite is as it says in the song "he has but one great weakness" (remember 'he' is America). And that weakness is "All the world must have a price, save yourself from sacirfice." So what that is saying is that America's weakness is that America has to be able to by its salvation.
    clutteron December 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this is a picture of American society sadly, but I also think that this song is a portrait of each of our own lives if we truly look at ourselves introspectively. We are the Americans who make up America after all (unless of course you are from a differnt country)
    heavyinkon December 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI see the "He" as referring to the American consumer, who is being portrayed (ironically) as a superhero, and sacrifice is his own great weakness, his kryptonite.
    LookOfTerminalShockon August 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with all of that, but I also think that Kryptonite could refer to Superman(wasn't that his only weakness?) if so....then, America's weakness is kryptonite or money or an assortment of things. ALso, the parts of carbohydrates and lattes, I think refer to the obesity problem in our country.
    ScottNixonon October 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love reese's cynical views about america, and this song is just one of his many that touch the subject.
    he has some really great insights about the pitfalls of our society.
    oksweeton December 27, 2010   Link

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