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Artist:

Jackson Browne

 

Song Title:

For America

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Rank:

30  

Year:

1986  

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 I'm trying to remember what war we were in in 1986
  

Lyrics:

 ^ As if I really didn't understand, that I was just another part of their plan
I went off looking for the promise, believing in the Motherland
And from the comfort of a dreamer's bed, and the safety of my own head
I went on speaking of the future, while other people fought and bled

The kid I was when I first left home, was looking for his freedom and a life of his own
But the freedom that he found wasn't quite as sweet, when the truth was known

I have prayed for America, I was made for America, it's in my blood and in my bones
By the dawn's early light, by all I know is right, we're going to reap what we have sown

As if freedom was a question of might, as if loyalty was black and white
You hear people say it all the time, My country, wrong or right
I want to know what that's got to do, with what it takes to find out what's true
With everyone from the President on down trying to keep it from you

The thing I wonder about the Dads and Moms, who send their sons to the Vietnams
Will they really think their way of life has been protected as the next war comes

I have prayed for America, I was made for America, her shining dream plays in my mind
By the rockets red glare, a generation's blank stare, we better wake her up this time

The kid I was when I first left home, was looking for his freedom and a life of his own
But the freedom that he found wasn't quite as sweet, when the truth was known

I have prayed for America, I was made for America, I can't let go till she comes around
Until the land of the free is awake and can see, and until her conscience has been found
 
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