"Awakening Americans" as written by and Alanis Morissette....
We watch movies of murder and we censor the breast
Give thanks for the murders of Chris Columbus
We kill our own and we vote for the men
The lesser of evils and us starring the role of victim

I wonder how we change if we can in this land
I wonder how many mountains we'd move if we bent together
Us priveleged Americans

We pass our revisions onto the next generation
We kneel to the gods of corporation
We eat when we're full and we hoard all the rest
With our hands on remotes we say "yes, we're the best"

I wonder what we change in this land, cause we can
Even with western centricity this rampant
Us ugly Americans

Tired are not my hands
But see strangers and enemies as part of me, is real.
For me this awakening Canadian

We teach our offspring for themselves, every man
We shrug shoulders and create yet another -ism
We dissuade our young from using their imagination
We avert our eyes from this our very own manifestation

I wonder what will change in this land, cause we can
I wonder how many mouths we'd fill if we band together
Us awakening Americans


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    General CommentThis song is how Americans are hypocrits. and how much America isn't what it really says it is. Alanis Rules. I'm movin to Canada Fuck this shit!
    MikeyOLikesIton July 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is how Americans are hypocrits. and how much America isn't what it really says it is. Alanis Rules. I'm movin to Canada Fuck this shit!
    MikeyOLikesIton July 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentExactly. We won't show completely natural things, like, say, a woman's breast, on television, but it's completely cool to show grotesque violence on kiddie shows.
    Buddha of Suburbiaon May 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWow! This is the first time I've come across this song and it's so true! It's through and through Alanis. Also because I'm English it's always extra-interesting to read peoples opinions/views on different countries and learn more. Loving this song.
    WunderEnigmaon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhy the eff didn't she release this song!?
    MusenMollyon March 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great awakining song for us. But we hear things like this a lot, but never does it impact us for more than 5 minutes after hearing it. I agree with MusenMolly when i quote "why the eff didn't she release this song!?" Alanis is my fuckin hero...her quality of writing is stimulating and blissful. I can not help but close my eyes when listening, and even if i dont know all of the the words, i still sing. Alanis is a fuckin goddess.
    Katbsingingon June 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentalanis = god
    sopurejunkieon July 11, 2009   Link

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