"USA" as written by and Shane Macgowan....
When I was young, I watched the cars
When I was older, I drank in bars
When I was young, well, I chewed the leaves
When I was older, I drank with thieves

I found a love, she gave me dreams
She left me drunk in New Orleans
So cold and lonely, so all alone
I wished my heart was made of stone

I took the cold bright needle
I used it as a sword
My eyes have seen the glory of
The coming of the Lord

I burned across the Delta
I swam across the Ford
My eyes have seen the glory of
The coming of the Lord

When I was a young man, standing on this road
My empty belly, an aching hole
An old man said to me, "Kid don't you know?"
That it's the same wherever you go

I gambled in two graveyards
I won against the odds
With the saints and with the saviors
With the maggots and the Gods

I cursed the things they showed me
I could never see again
And the howling of the wind at night
I wrote upon the rain

I found the thing for which I prayed
And came back home to the USA
With a heart of stone, so now I know
That it's the same wherever you go

Wherever you go
Wherever you go

Wherever you go
Wherever you go

Come, come here we come
Come, come here we come
Come, come here we come
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"USA" as written by Shane Macgowan

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    General CommentThis is one hell of a depressing song. it makes me think of a hardcore coming-of-age that when this person is through, he is sort of...stone-hearted.
    WeaponXon March 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis reminds me of Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
    clockwriston March 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThematically this seems very close to Jackson C. Frank's "Blues Run the Game," only it's far more depressing and menacing-sounding. Both songs are about someone hoping that a change of scenery will improve their outlook on life, but they soon realize that the feelings of hopelessness follow them wherever they go. Shane sounds especially ragged here and it makes the song that much more wrenching.
    epiwooshon November 15, 2013   Link

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