"American English" as written by Bob Fairfoull, Colin Newton, Rod Pryce-jones and Roddy Woomble....
Songs when the truth, 
Are all dedicated to you, 
In this invisible world I choose to live in, 
And if u believe that, 
That now I understand, 
Why words mean so much to you, 
They'll never be about you. 
Maybe your young without youth, 
Or maybe your old without knowing anything's true, 
I think your young without youth. 

Then you contract the American dream, 
You'll never look up once, 
You've contracted American dreams, 
I'd acquire you to stop and look up. 

Sing a song about myself, 
Keep singing a song about myself, 
Not some invisible world. 

Constantly searching to find something new, 
But what will you find when you think that nothings true, 
Maybe it's that nothing is new, 
So you let me hear songs that were written all about you, 
The good songs weren't written for you, 
They'll never be about you. 

Then you contract the American dream, 
You'll never look up once, 
You've contracted American dreams, 
You'll never look up once, 
Don't look up. 

Sing a song about myself, 
Keep singing a song about myself, 
Not some invisible world.

Sing a song about myself, 
Keep singing a song about myself, 
Not some invisible world.

And I won't tell you what this means, 
'Cos you already know, 
And I won't tell you what this means, 
'Cos you already know. 

So, sing a song about myself, 
Keep singing a song about myself, 
Not some invisible world.

So, sing a song about myself, 
Keep singing a song about myself, 
Not some invisible world.

So, sing a song about myself, 
Keep singing a song about myself, 
Not some invisible world.

You'll find what you find, 
When you find there's nothing.

You'll find what you find, 
When you find there's nothing.



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"American English" as written by Colin Newton Bob Fairfoull

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  • +1
    General CommentTo me, this song is more about applying meanings of songs to yourself and writing/listening to music, then it is about the merging of britian and america.
    Because, being a Scottish band, I really dont think Idlewild would refer to Britain as 'England' in their title as Britain and England are very different things. It would be a blatant mistake that no one from the British Isles ever makes.

    However, the title would make more sense if the mearning of the song was to do with writing and more literary things, as 'American English' is actually what the english language used in the USA is called. The way it is spoken in Britain is called 'British English.'

    So perhaps this song is making reference to the way we communicate, rather than the relationship between britain and america. That makes more sense to me than any political meaning.
    Any one else believe so?
    pasiphaeon October 29, 2005   Link

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