"Bored in the USA" as written by and Joshua Tillman....
How many people rise and say
"My brain's so awfully glad to be here
For yet another mindless day"?

Now I've got all morning to obsessively accrue
A small nation of meaningful objects
And they've got to represent me too

By this afternoon, I'll live in debt
By tomorrow, be replaced by children

How many people rise and think
"Oh good, the stranger's body's still here
Our arrangement hasn't changed?"

Now I've got a lifetime to consider all the ways
I've grown more disappointing to you
As my beauty warps and fades
I suspect you feel the same
When I was young, I dreamt of a passionate obligation to a roommate

Is this the part where I get all I ever wanted?
Who said that?
Can I get my money back?

Just a little bored in the USA
Oh, just a little bored in the USA
Save me, white Jesus
Bored in the USA
Oh, they gave me a useless education
And a subprime loan
On a craftsman home
Keep my prescriptions filled
And now I can't get off
But I can kind of deal
Oh, with being bored in the USA
Oh, just a little bored in the USA
Save me, President Jesus
I'm bored in the USA
How did it happen?
Bored in the USA
Oh, oh

Lyrics submitted by prettybird, edited by casiopt10

"Bored in the USA" as written by Joshua Tillman

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    General Commentthe anthem for disillusioned millenials
    getthoselyricsrighton March 19, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne thing that's interesting about this song is that it evokes the emotion of a confessional, depressing, song, but with lyrics that aren't exactly "depressing" so much as pessimistic, with somewhat of a political message, and yet that actually makes the song all the more interesting.

    The first stanza takes us through a metaphorical lifetime: Rising, finding material possessions to define oneself, going into debt, being replaced by children (political commentary). None of these are opinions or feelings, they're just a really negative way to look at conventional American life.

    The second stanza takes a pessimistic perspective toward a romantic relationship, presumably.

    The line, "Is this the part when I get all I ever wanted?" alludes to the American dream, which the singer dismisses even in the same sentence.

    The chorus brings us to "Bored in the USA," obviously a play on "Born in the USA," but with a sharp and emotionally charged political bent. The politics become blatant in the final stanza, to the point of parody, lamenting educational value and subprime loans, not to mention the side-effects of whatever you'll need to listen to this song -- all with the added irony of a laugh-track behind it.

    After this, the song descends into its lamentation of being Bored in the USA, which, given the assertions of the song, seems both legitimate but probably temporary. The narrator is in a state of suffering that the song dodges around -- we know this through the pessimism, but also through his calls to Jesus, a plea sincere enough in vocal performance to justify the ironic asides. Save me President Jesus.
    RaceYouAnyTimeon March 11, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI wonder if Tillman read Jean-Paul Sartre's essay entitled "American Cities." Here's an excerpt: "I have spent Sundays in the American provinces that were more depressing than Sundays anywhere else; I have seen those suburban 'colonial style' inns where, at two dollars a head, middle-class families go to eat shrimp cocktails and turkey with cranberry sauce in silence while listening to the electric organ. One must not forget the heavy boredom that weighs over America." Of course, as most Americans know who've spent any time abroad, the USA is an incredibly boring place.
    jude111on December 18, 2017   Link
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    General Commentcompare/contrast: songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107858788797/
    s7son August 02, 2015   Link

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