"American Flag" as written by and Marshall Cat Power....
My friend
Sits at the drum
His magic hand
Feels nothing but
Nothing but time

My old friend
Sits at the drum
His magic mind
Doesn't feel anything
American flag is behind
If I could stand
To be less difficult

My new friend
Plays drums all the time
Her magic heart
Feels everything
She plays the difficult parts and I play

She goes shoop shoop eh doop shoop eh doop
Shoop eh doop eh doop eh doop
We go shoop shoop eh doop shoop eh doop shoop eh
Doop eh doop

If I could stand
To be less difficult

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"American Flag" as written by Chan Marshall


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    General Commentok a few comments, especially since nobody has commented:
    -"my old friend", not "my only friend"?...i know it's sorta hard to tell with the way she pronounces things, but it also seems to fit better since she later says "new friend"

    -I thought of the connection between drums and the American flag being the drums that would be played going into battle in the American Revolution. A drummer would play a very constant beat ("nothing but time") for everyone to march to. But I guess it's a political statement in the second part, when she says "his magic mind doesn't feel anything" because even though those drums may represent something, the connection has lost any meaning. (i.e. patriots still have the drive but not the values)

    -oh, and that drum beat underneath is sampled from the beastie boys
    rabashinkoon October 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentinteresting theory on the lyrics, the battle part in particular.
    it's a real simple beat, do you think she might have just played it, then ran it backwards?
    JohnnyMormanon October 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah, it's a backwards loop...but so is the original: the beastie boys' "paul revere". (only slowed down)
    rabashinkoon October 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhat I love about Chan is that she enjoys a very wide range of different music, and that you can hear it in the music she makes.
    I love the backwards Beastie Boys loop, as well as the "shoop shoop ba-doop" bit which I see as an obvious reference to Salt-n-Pepa.
    omfgmattyon December 31, 2010   Link

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