Well, I've seen this whole country,
all the lonely spots, the highway stops
Nothing really changes but the weather
and the way people talk
Yeah, I've seen America

And from the ghettos to the hills,
and to the suburbs, the same sorrows fall
It's all stomach aches and coughing,
cigarettes and death and telephone calls

You forgot to lock the door, America
Yeah, I've seen you undressed
Is it true what they told me, America?
Cause you were stunning in the flesh

Well I was walking through a casino in Las Vegas,
I saw a plastic Statue of Liberty
And posed like Marilyn Monroe
completely absent of that silent iron dignity

Oh, goddamnit, America
I couldn't have said it better myself
Is it true what they taught me, America?
Or did your guns once make us proud?

Oh, please don't fuck this up, America
Oh, you're not thinking of your health
You're getting greedy now, America
Are you being true to yourself?
Or to anybody else?


Well, I woke up in Manhattan,
I guess I got so drunk I slept in my car.
And in those deep and desperate moments
they say you get the most clarity
I was a prophet, I saw from so far

Oh, we're hung over, America
We need a shave, I need coffee
But I should thank you, America
'Cause I did not build this city.

Come on, give me something to die for, America
Until then, don't bother me
I want to believe in you, America
I don't give a fuck if you believe in me

I want to still love you, America
For all the things you've granted me,
but I'm ashamed of you, America
How you convinced me we were free
And I, I take that personally


Lyrics submitted by sjfuller27

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    General Commentmy goodness...
    thequiettypeon November 03, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so epic and i think the meaning is self-explanatory. he loves the country but is sad to see what it has become, a trashy materialistic joke in the world.

    dave emailed me the chords for acoustic guitar. it pretty much rocks to play even if you're sitting alone in a room. although it helps to have someone playing a piano
    ajisdabomb88on February 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI've probably listened to this song 100 times. I love it.
    allthestarsintheskyon February 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti was so excited when he released this song! :D

    i love the lines "You forgot to lock the door, America / Yeah, I've seen you undressed / Is it true what they told me, America? / Cause you were stunning in the flesh"
    seeing America for what it really is instead of some romantic vision. naked and exposed! the way he described it is great. and i love the 'statue of liberty' bit.

    "Come on, give me something to die for, America"
    Christine With A Kon March 12, 2009   Link

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