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  1. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    For those of you too young to remember Steppenwolf. (a music group) here is their take on the history and situation of our country. This was written and performed in the late '60s. (If I remember correctly)

    Monster/Suicide/America LyricsPerformed by Steppenwolf

    Review The Song (7) Send "Monster/Suicide/America" Ringtone to your Cell

    Words and music by John Kay, Jerry Edmonton, Nick St. Nicholas and Larry Byrom

    (Monster)
    Once the religious, the hunted and weary
    Chasing the promise of freedom and hope
    Came to this country to build a new vision
    Far from the reaches of kingdom and pope
    Like good Christians, some would burn the witches
    Later some got slaves to gather riches

    But from near and far to seek America
    They came by thousands to court the wild
    But she just patiently smiled and bore a child
    To be their spirit and guiding light

    Then once the ties with the crown had been broken
    Westward in saddle and wagon it went
    And 'til the railroad linked ocean to ocean
    Many the lives which had come to an end
    While we bullied, stole and bought our a homeland
    We began the slaughter of the red man

    But still from near and far to seek America
    They came by thousands to court the wild
    And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
    To be their spirit and guiding light

    The blue and grey they stomped it
    They kicked it just like a dog
    And when the war over
    They stuffed it just like a hog

    And though the past has it's share of injustice
    Kind was the spirit in many a way
    But it's protectors and friends have been sleeping
    Now it's a monster and will not obey

    (Suicide)
    The spirit was freedom and justice
    And it's keepers seem "friendly" and kind
    It's leaders were supposed to serve the country
    But now they were paying no mind
    'Cause the people "got" fat and "grew" lazy
    now their vote "is like a" meaningless "Tune"
    "You know they talk about law "about" order
    But it's all just an echo of what they've been told
    Yeah, there's a monster on the loose
    It's got our heads into a noose
    And it just sits there watchin'

    Our cities have turned into jungles
    And corruption is stranglin' the land
    The police force is watching the people
    And the people just can't understand
    We don't know how to mind our own business
    'Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us
    Now we are fighting a war over there
    No matter who's the winner
    We can't pay the cost
    'Cause there's a monster on the loose
    It's got our heads into a noose
    And it just sits there watching

    (America)
    America where are you now?
    Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
    Don't you know we need you now
    We can't fight alone against the monster

    © Copyright MCA Music (BMI)
    All rights for the USA controlled and administered by
    MCA Corporation of America, INC
     
  2. fmj

    fmj New Member

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    just looked it up on spotify to give it a spin.
     

  3. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Now I have to look up spotify to figure out what that is....;)
     
  4. Jim1611

    Jim1611 New Member

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    So we need to give everything back to the Indians and give money to all of the slave decendants to correct the error of our ways?
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    nice topic but its a political thing not involving gun rights
     
  6. bkt

    bkt New Member

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    The U.S. has made plenty of colossal screw-ups over the years and dealing with the natives may very well have been one or more of those screw-ups. But I refuse to look at decisions made quite some time ago through the prism of today's so-called elevated and intellectual prism; too much gets left out when we only critique ourselves without also looking at the other side's actions.

    But the general gist of the song - that people originally came here to be free as individuals - is a good message that should be sung indefinitely.
     
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