My Country My Ass

I tend toward the rational rather than emotional way of thinking. However I realize that isn’t the case for everyone. And I realize music is means by which people express their emotions and influence others to feel similar emotions. The peace songs of the 1960’s were very influential in changing the attitudes and  politics of that era.


I received an email from a musician about his song:



I’ll keep this short. I have a project, the goal of which is to use mass media and popular culture to change the psychology of the whole country. Participation is free and easy, but I need to get the word out. Here is the website with all the information
http://mycountrymyass.com


I don’t usually care for country music but I do really like this one. You can listen to it here. The lyrics are:



Now tell me again how this country is the land of the free and the home of the brave
You can’t really believe that what you see now is the reason so many brave men gave
Teacher used to say we had the Bill of Rights
I think they took our rights and sent us the bill
Well I don’t know about you my friend but I think I’ve had my fill
They been walking on me for my whole life I think it’s finally time to draw the line
You can tell old John Cougar Mellencamp he can stick his song where the sun don’t shine
My country my ass- This is not the land I learned about in class
My country my ass- That freedom justice stuff is all in the past
Got a checkpoint up the road ahead better pull out your ID
And your taxes just went up again gotta cough up some more money
Be careful what you’re saying when you’re on the phone you never know who might be listening in
They got cameras watching everywhere you go so they know just where you been
You know you better think about the books you read or your name might go on a list
Don’t take too many pictures now, or they’ll think you’re a terrorist
They’re watching you every time you turn around and they don’t like what they see
You gotta be f*** ing kidding me if you think this country’s free
My country my ass- This is not the land I learned about in class
My country my ass- That freedom justice stuff is all in the past
Well the banks messed up so they took money from us and gave a zillion dollar bonus
And they didn’t give a damn what we had to say I swear to God they think they own us
But when they say “bend over” and you say “yes sir” and then you vote for them again
If you’re the kind of people who fought our wars tell me how’d we ever win?
They been walking on us for far too long and don’t you think it’s time to draw the line?
Why don’t you tell those jerks in Washington to stick their laws where the sun don’t shine
My country my ass- This is not the land I learned about in class
My country my ass- That freedom justice stuff is all in the past
They say America love it or leave it
Well I loved it, and it left me


It’s available on the Zune Marketplace.

3 thoughts on “My Country My Ass

  1. I get it, you get, but do the idiots in D.C get it? Read somewhere that when members of the Romanian Olympic Shooting Team helped to take down Ceausescu and his wife in 1989, the last words out his wife’s mouth were ‘Boys, why are you doing this to your Mother and Father?” She didn’t get it. Hope it doesn’t reach that point in our country.

  2. Most country music is just like watching a TV soap opera. This is pretty god, but; “Well the banks screwed up…”
    Uh, that was government policy, Skippy. Remember? Banks were “bad” because they weren’t handing out loans like candy at a parade. Gubment stepped in and “fixed” that “problem” and so here we are. Left to their own devices, banks look out for their own interests, which means making careful loans. Fanny and Freddy, the Community Reinvestment Act and similar rot was specifically designed to undercut the normal process, and force the taxpayer to pick up the bill when things, quite predictably and by design, went bad.

    If banks are to be blamed, you’d have to blame them for doing what they were told and not rebelling, or for participating in government backed loan programs assuming they had any choice. If you’re going to blame them for not rebelling, then you are just as guilty because you didn’t rebel either.

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