"Song For America" as written by and Kerry A Livgren....
Virgin land of forest green, dark and stormy plains, here all life abounds
Sunlit valley, mountain fields, unseen in the rain, here all life abounds
No man rules this land, no human hand has soiled this paradise
Waiting patiently, so much to see, so rich in earth's delights

Painted desert, sequined sky, stars that fill the night, here all life abounds
Rivers flowing to the sea, sunshine pure and bright, here all life abounds
No man rules this land, no human hand has soiled this paradise
Waiting patiently, so much to see, so rich in earth's delights

So the maiden lies in waiting for the sails to reach the shore
Land of beauty and abundance, innocent, you opened wide your door
Wanderers found the waiting treasure, full of gifts beyond their measure
Milk and honey for our pleasure

Across the sea there came a multitude, sailing ships upon the wave
Filled with visions of Utopia and the freedom that they crave
Ravage, plunder, see no wonder, rape and kill and tear asunder
Chop the forest, plow it under

Highways scar the mountainsides, buildings to the sky, people all around
Houses stand in endless rows, sea to shining sea, people all around
So we rule this land, and here we stand upon our paradise
Dreaming of a place, our weary race is ready to rise

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"Song For America" as written by Kerry A Livgren Kerry Livgren

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    General CommentThis song basically describes how the colonists from england came over to america, when the native americans were living there. It shows how we almost wiped out the indian culture to extinction. Not to mention how we destroyed most of the beautiful nature, and started to use up the natural resources. More songs like this should be made. It sounds really good too.
    guitarlghtron June 23, 2004   Link
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    General Comment*Snaps fingers*
    *Wears heavy black sweater*
    *Wears eccentric glasses*
    *Wears tight clothing*
    *Dyes hair black*

    --Monday-morning subversive--
    iamchipdouglason November 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe quintessential Kansas song. This song is so underappreciated because of Dust in the wind, but its the song that most represents the Kansas sound.
    This land used to be a beautiful paradise for life, and we came here and destroyed it. Nuff said.
    WYWHon May 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYep, and it's also referring to something else. "Rape, kill, and tear asunder, chop the forest, plow it under" refers to deforestation and the degradation of land.

    "Highways scar the mountainsides, buildings to the sky...Houses stand in endless rows, sea to shining sea"
    refers to the constant use of Earth's resources and beauty than it can reproduce. Every time I see a subdivision going up, I think of this song because the people from St. Louis (across the river. "Across the sea, there came a multitude...") come to live here and building companies that also have factories bring them to this paradise also decide to tear down trees to make way for land and if the land's not perfect, they degrade it even more with their cheap high-income housing and mansions. Makes me sick.
    JoeyRamone65on September 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song gives me hope. The description from the first two verses still very much applies, more in some states than others, but in every state. And the Indians certainly held to the ideal that "no man rules this land."

    The third and fourth verses describe the arrival of others, and how the land was reshaped, with the fifth verse showing the consequences. No, things aren't perfect here, but overall they're better here than anywhere else I can think of. And we've certainly learned from many of our mistakes. And now we hold to the ideal that we all rule this land, and have a stake in its future.
    elsmere241on November 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYou all got it. )= RIP nature... I love this song sooooo much, It's my favorite. The length is perfect... so catchy
    Mindbreaker4228on July 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI do enjoy songs like this. Another song that talks about the negative effects we had here when coming over is "Run to the Hills" by Iron Maiden.
    wastedjamacanon September 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song basically highlights humanity's disregard for nature. It mainly centers around the Colonists sailing to what would become the United States of America. The Colonists came with good intentions that would end up going bad, what with the killing of the Native Americans, and how we've essentially destroyed the land and its beauty, and continue to do so, with regard to the latter, in the modern day. We destroyed what was once a paradise.

    Here's the one part the rest of you failed to mention: "So we rule this land, and here we stand upon our paradise- Dreaming of a place, our weary race is ready to arise"... That is meant to be a warning with regard to space exploration. Essentially, they're saying humanity is a greedy, destructive race that hasn't learned to live peacefully with even itself, let alone nature. They're saying that we have no business exploring space, because we'll end up taking the very same disregard, disrespect and destruction we have spread all over Earth, to wherever we travel to in space and attempt to colonize.
    Istarion March 05, 2017   Link

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