America the Delusional

America the Delusional

JūS's picture



Liner Notes: 

I struggled to make the tune sound interesting earlier in writing so I copped Ray's "America the Beautiful".


there is no nationwide data on police shooting people in America,
one in eight workers were McDonalds employees in America,
one in four think the Sun orbits the Earth,
three billionaires are richer than the bottom halfs' worth, and
trolls on the internet think it's funny making mayhem, in

we gotta do better

teaching kids that Columbus was a hero in America,
locking up children of refugee mothers in
private prisons without medical care,
three of the faces on Rushmore ordered
genocide of entire tribes, and their
faces were carved by a friend of the Klan on stolen land, in


you say it's not all bad,
we got freedom of speech and a badass flag
but God forbid you use at a football game and get
threatened by a racist scumbag, in

America, America
America, we gotta do better

Please keep your comments respectful, honest, and constructive. Please focus on the song and not the demo.


kahlo2013's picture

Powerful. Compelling,
The second verse is particularly strong.
Love your phrasing for the delivery of in America ...
Strong song! Kudos!

fresh spotless youth's picture

Gotta do better! A quiet folk anthem for the 21st century. Your performance is really lovely and touching. Great use America the Beautiful at the end

IA's picture

America seems a bit confused at the moment.

But it's a melting pot, yea? When you put absolutely everything together... you get something a bit strange. Biggrin

Nice delivery. Nice composition. And the jingle at the end was an excellent idea!

tjeff's picture

The verses are very strong, some great lines in there and I really like how you rhythmically put them together. And your delivery portrays a sadness that so fits the song.

mike skliar's picture

excellent! you're right on target on so many things, and you cover it all well and effectively. Great work, and love that little diminished chord in the chorus.
very glad to hear this one!

motisbeard's picture

Ha ha, nice try. . . but we all know America's not a real place. It's just a story that we tell rebellious children so they'll feel like they're missing out on something.

dzd's picture

I think it was the late great George Carlin that said it's the American Dream.....because you have to be asleep to believe that shit Wink

Like that you touched on the once sacred mountain....still not talked about enough.... that was nothing but a slap to the face of the Natives..........what worse graphiti on a sacred and ancient place of worship than the faces of the people that tried to wipe you completely off the earth...and it's really all the faces, they were all pretty equally complicit....I mean do casinos make up for anything? really nothing has ever changed there..but I could go on for hours Wink

Great tune!

Jeuse's picture

Carlin, from his 2005 special “Life is Worth Losing”

“But there’s a reason. There’s a reason. There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education SUCKS, and it’s the same reason it will never, ever, EVER be fixed.

It’s never going to get any better, don’t look for it, be happy with what you’ve got.

Because the owners, the owners of this country don't want that. I'm talking about the real owners now, the BIG owners! The Wealthy… the REAL owners! The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions.

Forget the politicians. They are irrelevant. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice! You have OWNERS! They OWN YOU. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls.

They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying, to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I'll tell you what they don’t want:

They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. Thats against their interests.

Thats right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. They don’t want that!

You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shitty jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this fucking place! It's a big club, and you ain’t in it! You, and I, are not in the big club.

By the way, it's the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care! Good honest hard-working people; white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means, continue to elect these rich cock suckers who don’t give a fuck about you….they don’t give a fuck about you… they don’t give a FUCK about you.

They don’t care about you at all… at all… AT ALL. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Thats what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick thats being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth.

It's called the American Dream,because you have to be asleep to believe it.“

Roddy's picture

Really impressive. I've just been listening to your other songs with full band productions, harmonies, etc. and here you are with a guitar and vocal song that is truly compelling, That's versatility. The lyrics are heartfelt. I'm not from the USA but I can see several similarities with things happening in Europe and Australia.

phoenixash's picture

This is how truth feels. It does not come from a booming voice in the sky, it doesn't appear in a long study. It comes from a laid back guitar and vocal, it's more poignant that way, makes me feel that there's truth in everything and elevates simplicity to a new place where absolute truths confront you in the day to day. But I digress, I love your voice no matter how it presents itself, but this raspy, laid back just woke up like this sound is so compelling, so effortless and yet so strong, makes us feel right there with u. Like we're walking with giants and they are nice and cuddly. I digress again, You have that power