"America" as written by Daniel Coulter Reynolds, Benjamin Arthur Mckee and Daniel Wayne Sermon....
Is this just an illusion
That I made inside my head to get me by?
Twenty years in debt
Twenty years in the government
Twenty years can never get me by

Then I feel you close
Feel you close like you wanted me to
Feel you close like you wanted me to
Believe in you

Rise to the top of the world, America
America, don't you cry
Lift me up
Give me strength to press on
Rise to the top of the world, America
America, don't you cry
Lift me up
Give me strength to press on

From farmers in the fields
To the tallest of the towers that fall and rise
1-7-7-6
The names upon the list
For all the ones that gave until they died
Don't you hold back
I can see in your mind, and your mind will set you free

And I feel you close
Feel you close like you wanted me to
Feel you close like you wanted me to
Believe in you

Rise to the top of the world, America
America, don't you cry
Lift me up
Give me strength to press on
Rise to the top of the world, America
America, don't you cry
Lift me up
Give me strength to press on

Rise to the top of the world, America
America, don't you cry
Lift me up
Give me strength to press on
Rise to the top of the world, America
America, don't you cry
Lift me up
Give me strength to press on


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"America" as written by Daniel Coulter Reynolds Benjamin Arthur Mckee

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  • +6
    Song MeaningThe song was dedicated to those who serve/served. 1776 is the year of independence. It's simply based on the sacrifice of a soldier and their relationship with a personification of a country they defend and sacrifice for.
    Kat56on July 26, 2013   Link
  • +6
    General Comment"Twenty years in debt
    Twenty years in the government
    Twenty years can never get me by"

    A Soldier must serve for twnety years to get retirment. Its twenty years in debt to the government, officialy Soldiers are u.s property, and its a hard twenty.

    "From farmers in the fields"

    The National Guard is recognized as the oldest branch of the military which was made up of farmers.

    "To the tallest of the towers that fall and rise"

    A reference to the 9-11 attacks.

    "1-7-7-6
    The names upon the list"

    1776 is the year we declared independence, and the names upon the list is in reference to all the men who signed the document.

    "For all the ones that gave until they died"

    All the Soldiers who fought for the country.
    TexasOfficeron September 06, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTo the tallest of the towers that fall and rise
    1-7-7-6

    ~The tower that replaced the twin towers in New York City was capped at 1776ft
    It is now the tallest building on the North American Continent.
    Koalaman1251on August 06, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI know what this song means, but in my opinion, its different. To be honest, I've been reading "The Capture" by Kathryn Lasky, and this song reminds me a bit of one of the characters.
    Keep in mind this is my interpretation, not the real meaning.

    Is this just an illusion
    That I made inside my head to get me by?

    To me, this means someone is living in such horrible conditions that they're slowly going mad, or becoming emotionless or something.

    Twenty years in debt
    Twenty years in the government
    Twenty years can never get me by

    Once again, I believe this means that someone is imprisoned. They gave into working for horrible people so they could protect their family. The person knew that it was for the best despite how hard it would be to work, and escaping was unrealistic.

    Then I feel you close
    Feel you close like you wanted me to
    Feel you close like you wanted me to
    Believe in you

    No matter how much time passes, they still believe that they are doing the right thing. Despite the protests of their loved ones, the person didn't wish for them to be hurt.

    Rise to the top of the world, America
    America, don't you cry
    Lift me up
    Give me strength to press on
    Rise to the top of the world, America
    America, don't you cry
    Lift me up
    Give me strength to press on

    Every single day is hell, and the person is slowly losing their head. They have to watch people, emotionless with defects, slaving away at unnecessary work. Yet every single day, the person seems to grow a bit stronger.

    From farmers in the fields
    To the tallest of the towers that fall and rise

    Where the person works, they see many people doing different jobs, such as caring for babies, and a type of mining for a diamond-like thing. No matter how different they are, they're all the same slaves.

    1-7-7-6
    The names upon the list

    In the book, the enslaved characters are always renamed with numbers, so this is very meaningful.

    For all the ones that gave until they died
    Don't you hold back
    I can see in your mind, and your mind will set you free

    Eventually, the person finds two children that resisted the hypnotism. He tells them that he can teach them to escape by flying. When they are flying away, he's dying, proud that he helped them.
    ErisSutcliffon November 02, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Is this just an illusion
    That I made inside my head to get me by?"

    Referring to how traumatizing this experience was.

    "Twenty years in debt
    Twenty years in the government
    Twenty years can never get me by"

    It takes 20 years of serving in the army to earn retirement. Therefore, they were in 20 tears of debt in the government.

    "Then I feel you close
    Feel you close like you wanted me to
    Feel you close like you wanted me to
    Believe in you"

    Feelings of missing a loved one while serving. You're feeling them next to you even when they're not.

    "Rise to the top of the world, America
    America, don't you cry
    Lift me up
    Give me strength to press on
    Rise to the top of the world, America
    America, don't you cry
    Lift me up
    Give me strength to press on"

    Family, loved ones, ect. are encouragement to push though and tough it out.

    "From farmers in the fields"

    I think ID is referring to early army soldiers because the following statements are about previous milestones for the US:

    "To the tallest of the towers that fall and rise"

    The twin towers on 9- 11 ;~;

    "1-7-7-6, The names upon the list"

    1776 was the year we declared independence and the names upon the list are all the men who signed the document.

    "For all the ones that gave until they died"

    The list was not in vain, for all the ones who fought for our independence had died, but gave for our country.

    I don't fully understand the :

    "Don't you hold back
    I can see in your mind, and your mind will set you free"

    But I think it means that you can't give half effort for something you committed to (?) I dunno..
    NeonDragon03on October 19, 2015   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning"Is this just an illusion
    That I made inside my head to get me by?"

    Referring to how traumatizing this experience was.

    "Twenty years in debt
    Twenty years in the government
    Twenty years can never get me by"

    It takes 20 years of serving in the army to earn retirement. Therefore, they were in 20 tears of debt in the government.

    "Then I feel you close
    Feel you close like you wanted me to
    Feel you close like you wanted me to
    Believe in you"

    Feelings of missing a loved one while serving. You're feeling them next to you even when they're not.

    "Rise to the top of the world, America
    America, don't you cry
    Lift me up
    Give me strength to press on
    Rise to the top of the world, America
    America, don't you cry
    Lift me up
    Give me strength to press on"

    Family, loved ones, ect. are encouragement to push though and tough it out.

    "From farmers in the fields"

    I think ID is referring to early army soldiers because the following statements are about previous milestones for the US:

    "To the tallest of the towers that fall and rise"

    The twin towers on 9- 11 ;~;

    "1-7-7-6, The names upon the list"

    1776 was the year we declared independence and the names upon the list are all the men who signed the document.

    "For all the ones that gave until they died"

    The list was not in vain, for all the ones who fought for our independence had died, but gave for our country.
    NeonDragon03on October 19, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThe american country
    altnation7on June 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation"From farmers in the fields" could be talking about the early military, how it was mainly made out of farmers. If you think about it that way, "To the tallest towers that fall and rise" is saying how far the country's come, in not only industralizing, but also in the military's reaction to things that happen. However you think about it, this song is without a doubt about the military, especially if you see the soundcloud cover (it's Wounded Warrior Project supporter).
    MortalGlasson November 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSongs have a liberal back drop. From liberal point of view he could be ranting of all the things we've done since we got our independence. He asks for America to lift him up but bringing up debt and wars it seems he's saying America lifted itself up leaving him behind. From farmers in the field to soldiers they felt left behind as well.
    crystalliaon April 10, 2015   Link

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