"American Dove" as written by and Laura Nyro....
Mama
when the moon is done
I walk on by the risin’ sun
wishin’ all my dreams for everyone
it’s been a long time coming
I mean love
spread your wings and fly
American dove

fifteen
and he’s seen such bad around
worst thing when they told him
God was money
he broke down
he went wild
he is the universal child
it’s been a long time coming
I mean love
spread your wings and fly
American dove

mama
you’re askin’ my old ride
we’re sure
but Johnny ain’t come home
from war
don’t they honor life no more?
it’s been a long time coming
I mean love
spread your wings and fly
American dove

father
ooh I hear the tenants
talking in the street
though the grapevine
guess I’ll go down and meet them
father, I’ll never sell my soul
not this soul of mine
father, it’s been a long time coming
I mean love
spread your wings and fly
American dove

pure as the rising sun
tell them I am long to come
to bring the birdie to everyone
spread your wings
come on, spread your wings
and fly


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