"I am a patriot" as written by and Steven Van Zandt....
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
Someday

I was walking with my brother
and he wondered what's on my mind
I said, What I believe in my soul
ain't what I see with my eyes
And we can't turn our backs this time

I am a patriot and I love my country
Because my country is all I know
I want to be with my family
people who understand me
I've got nowhere else to go

And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
Someday

And I was talking with my sister
she looked so fine
I said, Baby, what's on your mind
She said, I want to run like the lion
released from the cages
Released from the rages
burning in my heart tonight, yeah

And I ain't no Communist and I ain't no Capitalist
And I ain't no Socialist and I ain't no Imperialist
And I ain't no Democrat so I ain't no Republican
I only know one party and it is freedom

I am, I am, I am
I am a patriot and I love my country
Because my county is all I know

And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
Someday

And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
And the river opens for the righteous
I want to run like the lion
Released from the cages
Released from the rages
I said what I believe in my soul
Ain't what I see with my eyes
Someday
Someday
Someday
Someday
Someday


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"I Am a Patriot" as written by Steven Van Zandt

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    General Commenti think he says "sure ain't no republican." he definitely wanted to emphasize not being a republican
    Richie45069on August 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. Jackson Browne was a very outspoken political person and I think this is to clarify what some people (unfortunately) misunderstand a classing of ideology as being un-patriotic (much like what's going on right now).

    I am very much against this war and most things Bush has done, but that does not make me any less American or a patriot than someone who is for the war or Bush.

    "I said what I believe in my soul/ Ain't what I see with my eyes/ And we can't turn our backs this time" are probably the best lines of the song. What he feels is right in his heart is not what's going on in the world.

    You don't have to be a Dem or Reublican to be a patriotic American. I can identify with this song very much. Awesome song. Greatest songwriter ever.
    boltauon July 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJackson Browne did not write this song, it was written by Little Steven...I saw Jackson play this song Summer 2007 at the Steel Bridge Songfest 3 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin solo acoustic. What a voice and what a song, it is definitely relevant to Jackson, relevant to how I feel, and a great song about the political restlessness a lot of us are feeling.
    ...And the river opens for the righteous, someday, someday...
    loganjameson November 13, 2007   Link

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