"My Country" as written by and Merrill Martin Garbus....
My country, 'tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty
How come I cannot see my future within your arms

Your love it turns me down
Into the underground
My country bleeding me; I will not stay in your arms

Not yet, yet, yet
No, not yet, yet, yet
No, not yet, yet
No, not yet, yet (daoe)

Not yet, yet, yet
No, not yet, yet, yet
No, not yet, yet
No, not yet, yet, yet

At the Salvation army making us all stand in a line
While mommy and daddy make up and try to make up their minds
Oh the shame I felt when those histories mention my name
If only I could forget, but memory's my favorite thing (?)

We cannot have it
Well, what am I supposed to say to those others
'So sorry, but you only took half a chance
Now it's over and they're walkin' all over you'

We cannot have it
Well then why is there juice dripping under your chin
When they have nothing, why do you have something
When they have nothing

The worst thing about living a lie
Is just wondering when they'll find out

I got me, you've got you
That's one plus one plus two
I never told you what to do
And then you put me in some box

I've got you, you've got me
Like a baby's got (?)
I told myself I'd have to check islands
If I was gonna get over your shit

We cannot have it
Well then what do you want me to say to those others
Oh yes, there's a place for you
But that place is underneath the cushion of my behind

We cannot have it
Well then why did you say so
With my eyes open, how can I be happy
With my eyes open

If nothing of this is ours,
How will I ever know when something's mine

My country, tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty
How come I cannot see it

My country, tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty, yeah

My country, tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty
How come I cannot see a future within your arms

The worst thing about living a lie
Is just wondering when they'll find out


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"My Country" as written by Merrill Martin Garbus

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    General CommentI think this song is about relationships between minorities and those in power. It could be Native Americans, hispanic immigrants in the US or Americans made poor from the financial crisis.

    Garbus is writing from the perspective of a person from a minority. The song has a lot of anger in it, and I think she is ashamed of the way her country treats its minorities.

    But this interpretation is not complete, if it's even right.
    duponton November 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentEconomic inequality in the US, not just from the perspective of minorities, but from the stance of an average american citizen; the wealthiest 1% of the country controls 43% of the $$$, while the least wealth 80% of the country only holds 4% of the wealth.

    In one of the opening shots of the music video for this song, a child stands in trickling water... The US economic system is supposedly meant to work as a "trickle down" system, but it's really corrupt, and the extremely poor have nearly no safety net or hope of ascending to the middle class no matter how hard they work.

    "At the salvation amy making us all stand in a line" shows how many people are waiting for the help they need.
    "We cannot have it; Well then why is there juice dripping under your chin; When they have nothing, why do you have something" represents the greed of the extremely wealthy that refuse to spread the wealth.
    "Sweet land of liberty why can I not see it" Why is the US still referred to as land of the free, when it has become one of the LEAST equal developed countries?
    "How come I cannot see my future within your arms" Maybe she plans to become an expat, relocating permanently to a land with more humanitarian values.
    kenzkenzkenzon April 30, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI swear I hear "future in neons" haha.
    serataon June 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbortion
    It's very clear. She also states in plenty of interviews that she absolutely loves children.
    Imavictimon August 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThing (?) = game
    vande115on December 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThing (?) = game
    vande115on December 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbut memory's my favorite dame(?)
    ryboticon January 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome corrections (as best as I hear it from live performances and such):

    "...if only I could forget but memory's my favourite game."

    "I've got you, you've got me, like a baby's got a bumblebee,
    I told myself I'd have to jump high if I was gonna get over your shit."

    "Oh yes there's a place for you but that place is underneath a cushion of my mind."
    benjaminteddyon January 24, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure she's to some extent arguing over her social-economic status. She keeps repeating "We cannot all have it" (Says it in the real lyrics) like someone is argueing that not everyone can be wealthy, where right after she responds with a counter arguement. I seriously don't understand some of the top verses.
    But things like, "we cannot all have it. Then why is there juice dripping under your chine" could maybe criticize wealthy people wasting riches. "We cannot all have it. Then why did you say so" seems to reflect that this the "sweet land of liberty" so why isnt that true kind of remark. Then there are ones like, how does this seem logical to those who are less fortunate "...well what am i suppose to say to those others...".
    keanedawgon March 03, 2013   Link

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