tear this poorhouse down when you know how to build it back
hammer and nail between your heart and your hometown
'til you can carry this country on your back

mama glued the Keds signs on the back of my little white shoes
daddy never crossed the picket line, it was hard but we made it through
only had one little pair of stonewashed jeans with a label on the back
i'm a product of the never-give-up American middle class


I got my education at a school they could afford
scholarships went to the rich and the grants went to the poor
so I stood behind the little downtown bar for spending money, books, and gas
to be a certified member of the work-too-much American middle class

now daddy can't get his pension or Social Security
he worked 30 damn years in a coal mine feeding welfare families
struggle hard and hide it well, sure ain't rich but you sure as hell
ain't poor enough to get one little break
'cause everything would collapse
without the hard workin', God-loving American middle class


Lyrics submitted by gogogadget34

American Middle Class song meanings
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