"America's Boy" as written by and Patricia/cargill Keenan....
Quaker toil & Texan oil
Rockets on we're arm in arm
N.A.S.A nude you're manly you

Oh American soldier
America's boy

Gun me down with Yankee power
Cock pit tom with army charm
The eagle lands army commands

Oh American soldier
America's boy

Cowboy corn & bugle horn
{on son don't post me on?}
You are dean and me the queen

Oh American soldier
America's boy


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"America's Boy" as written by Patricia Keenan James Cargill

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    General Commentfound this on bleep.com, from Trish Keenan:
    The lyrics to 'America's Boy' were generated by my reactions to a tabloid cryptic crossword. The clues were topically about the war in Iraq, and in general, their stance was one of anti-American occupation. In my frustration at not being able to decipher the clues, I began to react to them, make up my own answers, mimicking back the language of the clues. I was interested then in possible answers. I got on a roll arguing with the clues, asking questions back, taking offence to them and deliberately misreading them. What came back was a sort of celebration of the American soldier. Snap shots of the heroics of American Imperialism, the all out impressiveness of its big achievements. Also something that the British do not have in their culture, a self celebratory nature of Americans towards their own country. The lyrics of Tender Buttons were generated through automatic writing. They are my free falling thoughts. I believe that words have their own life. That if you throw words together randomly, they naturally make sense. Language just wants to be understood.
    Nirgeon April 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti see this song as being a big fuck you to america's army, and how it's political system is like a giant testosterone-driven war party. soldiers are tough, so what?
    pinkpinkon March 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song sooo much. I know that doesn't really help at all, but I just think it's such a beautiful song I had to say something.
    MAKEWARon February 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe pretentiousness of being an American.
    The_Variableon April 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song brings me joy, lol i know isnt scientific but well, Usa Autorities have a lot to think in their behavior,Broadcast is just making it catchy and lovely.
    MeaningLezzon June 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Oy vey", what a mess the American way is?
    librarianclerkon December 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's not a mockery of America or Americans as a whole...It's a satire of the current Bush administration (references to cowboy corn and "America's boy" = Dubya) policy towards war(American soldier, gun and rocket references), specifically the war in Iraq (hence the references to oil).
    librarianclerkon December 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, definitely an anti-bush song.
    catchy!
    PrichardDJamson March 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like how they don't seem to be bitter about anything, if it is a political statement, they sound really detatched and spacey. Love how the drum beat keeps the song along.
    imab&sbookwormon May 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAm I the only person who believes the lyrical sentiment toward America in this song is fairly ambivalent? There's really nothing here to make me believe it's supposed to be anti-American, even if that is all the rage these days. Trish is a smarter lyricist than that.
    sommyon November 25, 2007   Link

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