For the past few years, perhaps due in some part to a vast change in perception on my part, I’ve been noticing more and more songs speaking directly to our situation here on Earth, in a truthful and refreshing way. As a result of the clearly-observable awakening happening across the globe, too, there’s been more and more artists coming out with work along the same vein. We’re going to start spotlighting songs we think do a good job of that in a new piece called Revolution Songs.
In this second installment, we’ll be highlighting a song from “punk bluegrass” band Old Man Markley. The song (from their album Down Side Up) is called “America’s Dreaming,” and the band does an amazing job of illustrating everything from the eroding of our rights to the state of endless warfare. Check out below for a video and the lyrics!
If crooks are in charge, should we let them pick our pockets?
If we don’t want trouble, should we not try to stop it?
We could just sink into the quicksand slavery we’re born in,
But fighting endless wars for greedy liars is getting pretty boring,
They think they got us trained, so we’ll think we’re living free,
If we got time and money for junk food and TV,
But it’s plain honest people never stand a chance of winning elections,
They just let us pick which liars take our rights away for our own protection
The corporate propaganda paralyzes us with fear,
Destroying our ability to trust,
Fear keeps us fighting with each other over scraps,
Starving to death in the dust,
Organized religion really helps you submit,
But the meek are inheriting the short end of the stick,
Think twice (think twice) we’re awaking from the dream,
Think twice (think twice) we don’t like what we see
Fear surrounds compassion like a layer of mold,
And weakens our defenses so we’re too weak to be bold,
Life could be heaven, but this corrupted system,
Takes away our rights, expects us not to miss them,
The middle class is shrinking while the lower class grows,
If we don’t wake up soon, we’ll have no class left to lose,
But at least we’re getting by, and there’s heaven when we die,
It’s hard for honest people to recognize a lie
It’s an American dream, there’s no pie in the sky,
We’re running out of credit, we can’t afford to buy it,
If it weren’t so sad, it’d be a goddamn riot
Think twice, the change that we need can be found,
Think twice, just don’t expect to get it handed down,
Think twice, right now it’s up to you and me,
Our hearts guide our minds to make greed obsolete,
Don’t run in circles all your life just hoping,
To grab a horse on a debt carousel
If you’ve got a song you think we should spotlight, let us know!