If I was born beneath a tree
Would I be the man I’s called to be?
Caught in the net of pondering’s tide
I realize

Would the poor be on my mind?
Would the wretchedness I try to hide
carry me away, would I be saved?
The realize

That I am America’s son
And I’m not the only one
I am America’s son
And I’m so inclined to run
I am America’s son
And I’m not the only one

Would we whisper hand in hand?
Would I even be your chosen man?
So it goes to show, so it goes to show
It goes to show

That I am America’s son
And I’m not the only one
I am America’s son
And I’m so inclined to run
I am America’s son
And I’m not the only one



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    My InterpretationTo me this song explores the idea of nature vs. nurture.
    The first two lines seem to explore the thought of being born under different circumstances, such as in a different society or really just in a state of nature. The speaker questions if they would be a different person if they were born in those different circumstances. The speaker questions if would have the same preoccupations and the same cares, and if they "would be saved." To me this line is asking if born differently if they would be of a different faith. To me, this is a beautiful song of "What if?" that questions the origin of our sense of self and where we derive our personality from.
    thecirconatoron March 09, 2014   Link

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