We were raised by wolves
And we are still wild
And we howl when the troubled wind blows
And in the TV's blue light
Oh, assassins will lie
Every wail just a-goin' down slow

So don't tread on me
For I am your brother
I was born with an American heart
And don't tread on her
For she is your sister
She was born with an American heart

All the people you meet
Down in the streets
May be good but they don't wanna know
So they cover their eyes, for
Who wants to be sad?
Life is sweet at the bottom of the sea

And don't tread on me
For I am your brother
I was born with an American heart
And don't tread on her
For she is your sister
She was born with an American heart

And the mothers will cry,
Fathers stay up all night
With the worry that goes to the bones
And if your God makes war
Then he's no God I know
'Cause Christ would not send boys to die

And don't tread on me
For I am your brother
I was born with an American heart
And don't tread on her
For she is your sister
She was born with an American heart

Don't you get low as hell
When the peace dove is felled
By men with the blackest of minds
And above the din
Let the sighin' begin
As we're bound for the longest of days

So don't tread on me
For I am your brother
I was born with an American heart
And don't tread on her
For she is your sister
She was born with an American heart


Lyrics submitted by bugoff

American Hearts song meanings
Add your thoughts

6 Comments

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is one of a kind.
    CaseyWildroseon April 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't you get low as hell/When the peace dove is felled/By men with the blackest of minds.
    I can't even begin to explain how much I love this part of the song - it's just amazing how he sings it and how true it really is. I love it.
    readingkerouacon April 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnthemic.
    Forever27on July 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI always thought this song was about the events of September 11th 2001. Which makes the lines "And if your God makes war / Then he's no God I know / 'Cause Christ would not send boys to die"about jihad. I also heart the line "By men with the blackest of minds" as "by the man" representing bin Laden.
    recklessrachelxon January 19, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentOne of my favorite songs. Ever.
    themostbrianon November 23, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentFascinating song. Just listened to it via Youtube. Don't care for one line, though: "And if your God makes war then he's no God I know 'Cause Christ would not send boys to die." God does not make war; man (with his/her free will) chooses to go to war. We were born with original sin thanks to Adam and Eve, and it is within our power to make the tough choices. Man created the need for war and the ability to fight wars. And, yes, unfortunately at times there is a 'need"....consider the Jews who could not reason with a man like Hitler. Other than that unfair and dishonest jab at God, this track is excellent.

    TurnMeOnon November 23, 2011   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain