There I was at the immigration scene
shining and feeling clean
Could it be a sin?
I got stopped by the immigration man
he said he doesn't know if he can let me in

Let me in, immigration man,
Can I cross the line and pray
I can stay another day?
Let me in, immigration man
I won't toe your line today
I can't see it anyway. Hey hey

There he was with his immigration face
giving me a paper chase
but the sun was coming
'Cause all at once he looked into my space,
and stamped a number over my face,
and it sent me running
Won't you let me in, immigration man
Can I cross the line and pray
I can stay another day?
Won't you let me in, immigration man?
I won't toe your line today
I can't see it anyway.

Here I am with my immigration form
it's big enough to keep me warm
when a cold wind's coming
So go where you will
as long as you think you can
You'd better watch out, watch out for the man
anywhere you're going.
Come on and let me in, immigration man,
Can I cross the line and pray,
take your fingers from the tray.
Let me in, irritation man,
I won't toe your line today
I can't see it anyway.


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    General CommentI've always heard that this song was about Vietnam War draft-dodgers trying to flee to Canada, but given that Graham Nash, a Brit, wrote this tune, I've wondered if it's not a personal encounter with the immigration hassles that come with being an international rockstar. If so, he's probably not the first and definitely not the last (Daevid Allen, John Lennon, M.I.A, e.g.) to be caught between fame and immigration law.
    ProfessorKnowItAllon August 24, 2010   Link

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