"The Last Great American, New Last Verse (9/15/2001)" as written by and John Ondrasik....
Mr. Merry cries in his coffin
For days he says he can remember
And through the town the pallbearers sing old songs
Of a beautiful purple mountain
From every walk of life we've come to see the last great American

May I now present you the speaker,
"Friends he was a man of men, a man of gold:
He had a how do you say, ethical like sense"
That's when the President started to giggle
And the children gave the blessing
Though the service weren't half done
Each of them sued the other one
For the last great American

Merry reaches up, we bow our heads
He pulls the lid on down and his stone is read

Here lies our Merry

The man with the heart so spent

That in this day and age

Is sick of living

And judges argue letters
Fabric comes undone
For every daughter every son
Of the last great American

For every daughter every son
Of the last great American


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"The Last Great American" as written by John Ondrasik

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    General CommentThis is an incredibly powerful song for me. So simple, a narrative of a funeral, yet the lyrics draw you right in.

    I have no clue who this man is, but after hearing this song I aspire to be like him.
    theclefeon August 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm still young so i've been to few funnerals. one for my grandpop when i was little and one last year for something who changed my life. And these words are just like what was said at his. Not in this version but in the other one they say
    "and the children gave their blessing, though the service weren't half done, each of them sued the other one, for the last great american."
    At the funneral there were lots of kids because he was a young teacher who was very loved and none of us could keep from crying and hugging each other. I love the line.
    "Here lies our Merry the man with the heart so spent
    That in this day and age is sick of living"
    its just such a good line
    careysenton November 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe new last verse was in response to 9/11
    Originally the song was a social comment on the demise of the idea of America, of it's good old values and liberty, kind of a 'I can't believe it has come to this', hence:

    "and the children gave the blessing, though the service weren't half done, each of them sued the other one, for the last great american"

    The last great American was the last remnant of this idea, and here he is buried.

    However, with 9/11, the American spirit was reborn, as everyone stood together and instead of blaming each other looked after their neighbour instead. Thus, the character of the Last Great American was reborn, through the smoke and morning sun. A new chapter in life had begun.
    xiphias29on May 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song but i dont get the impression that the reborn American spirit lasted for very long after 9/11 - the American government have just spent about 5 years blaming the entire middle eastern world only to become really half arsed about what they have taken as their job to 'sort out'.
    The full lyrics are:

    Mr. Merry cries in his coffin for days he says he can remember home
    And through the town the pallbearers sing old songs
    Of a beautiful and purple mountain
    From every walk of life we've come to see the Last Great American
    So may I now present you the speaker
    Friends he was a man of men, a man of gold
    He had a how do you say ethical like sense
    That's when the President started to giggle
    Then the children gave the blessing
    Though the service weren't half done
    Each of them sued the other one
    For the last great American

    Wait, wait it's time, time for my coffin
    Wait, It's time for my prayer
    Wait, It's time, time for my coffin

    Merry reaches up and we bow our heads
    pulls the lid on down and his stone is read
    here lies merry, the man with the heart so spent
    that in this day and age
    was sick of living

    .....

    etc
    10203040on December 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthaha that sounded pretty angry but it wasn't meant to be.
    I like america

    kisses,
    Godzuki
    10203040on December 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti can´t find the new version anywhere, does anyone have a link where i could listen to it??
    sfak271on February 15, 2008   Link

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