"An American Draft Dodger in Thunder Bay" as written by and Sam Lewis Roberts....
He was born in a small town
And he was given every reason to stay
Hallelujah, Mississippi, postcard living no sign of decay
Till Vietnam moved next door, then Hallelujah was off to war
In the dream he couldn't finish the deed
He didn't smoke any weed so why leave?

Going where I can't be found
And I won't be coming 'round

His father Tom said you better sign on
You'd better take up your gun and fight
I got nothing against them Viet Cong
What did they do wrong and why am I right?

He's on his way to Thunder Bay
Crossed the border late at night
And it was high stakes until he saw the Great Lakes
And he felt the cold wind bite

Going where I can't be found
And I won't be coming 'round
No, I'm an American on the Canadian Shield
And I'm putting down roots in your frozen fields
It gets cold but you feel so good to be a stranger in a town and you're understood

Missing his home, he would wake up in a cold sweat
And pick up the phone and hope that Tom found a way to forget
He's been teaching at the high school, learning the game
In Thunder Bay we're all the same
He's one of us, he has our trust
But there's no going back once the line is crossed

I'm an American on the Canadian Shield
And I'm putting down roots in your frozen fields
It gets cold but you feel so good to be a stranger in a town and you're understood

You can't ask what you're asking me to do
And I hope you understand when I refuse
I'm going North with my point of view
And I'm never gonna think the same as you

And I'm where I can't be found
And I won't be coming 'round
No, I'm an American on the Canadian Shield
And I'm putting down roots in your frozen fields
It gets cold but you feel so good to be a stranger in a town and you're understood


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"An American Draft Dodger in Thunder Bay" as written by Sam Lewis Roberts

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    General CommentThis is just a wild guess but I think it might be about an American draft dodger in Thunder bay
    SomePurpleGuyon July 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthey, great guess lol. cool song, i played it in the car when i drove to thunder bay with my family this summer haha. my dad's from there & said he used to know some draft dodgers..maybe even this one?
    .evolive.on September 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is beautiful, and creative! It's about war, and somebody who doesn't agree with the war. He goes to Canada from the USA to escape the war in Vietnam. I love this song so much!

    I relate to "It gets cold, but you feel so good to be a stranger in town and your understood." because I know how it feels!

    Overall, I loved this song the most on Chemical City, and I think this should be all over the radios, but with my luck, it won't happen...

    Happy Friday the 13th!
    angelofharlemon October 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love this song SO MUCH. it gives me the heebie geebies

    i really wish they made a video
    alexandraqwertyon September 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmy uncle was a draft dodger. hell if mccain wins i could likely end up being one too. only an hour away from the border
    zombiesraftermeon March 27, 2008   Link

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