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Orpheus42
01-18-02, 02:34 PM
America

I like to call this "a patriotic song in the style of Woody Guthrie"

The names in parenthesis are characters singing their part of the song (all to be done in real life by one person)

verse 1

Thirty-nine fell in the streets today
The world just passed them by
Each army marched into battle
With their colors all held up high
But when the songs of gunfire subside
No tears are shed for the men who died
'Cause tomorrow they'll come out and do it all again
Tomorrow there'll be blood,
Tomorrow there'll be Bloods running wild

verse 2 (Ahmed)

I can feel the stares, the burning hateful glares
As I walk down the street with my kids
Your bloodthirst you can't sate, but I can see the hate
When you close your eyes it's burning through your lids
But you don't really care, 'cause I'm from "over there"
I don't have the ability to feel
Well that's right! I don't feel, because I'm not even real
And yet the wounds you've caused can never be healed
And you call me a terrorist...

verse 3 (Joe)

I get up, drink my coffee and I go to my job
Bowing to the whim of some faceless snob
But when the night comes the fire burns bright on my hearth
When the night comes I undergo second birth
I brandish my rope and I put on my hood
And I ride, and I know that it's all for the good
Here the spirit of Joseph is alive and well
Is it McArthey or Stalin, I can't really tell...

(instrumental break)

break (Joe)

Gotta put 'em back, gotta put 'em back...
Gotta put 'em back in their place (repeat several times)

God bless America!
God bless the children of America!

verse 4 (God)

God bless the children of America...
Indeed, so you say... but what about the children of Afghanistan? What about the women of Pakistan? The poor, widowed mothers of India trapped in a religious system that views their plight as the just reward of a failed past life, what of them? What of the martyrs in China, Indonesia, Sudan- those sequestered, starved, scourged, sold into slavery, and shot for a faith you take for granted...
God bless America, you say, but hear my words-
Are you ready?
America, is she ready?
Are the people ready for the blessing America really needs?
A vision...

outro chorus

God bless America, God bless America (repeat several times)

Please discuss.

Peace, Love, and Jesus Christ,

Jason

Nicole
01-18-02, 02:53 PM
sometimes I think we get it into our head that God is American or something - we seem to think he loves us more than anyone else in the world. The songs a good reminder that God is not American :)

Are the people ready for the blessing America really needs?


I like that line - it kind of reminds of something along the lines of the Prayer of Jabez - a blessing by God will often come with a lot of responsibility. Or, a blessing by God may not be viewed as a blessing in our eyes.


good song! :) when did you write that?

Michele
01-19-02, 10:07 AM
exactly what i was about to say nicole:)

that's really cool jason:)

Orpheus42
01-20-02, 01:40 PM
I wrote it on Friday on the bus en route to Lincoln on a British Studies field trip.