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As time has gone on, I keep thinking that this song's lyrics will become dated. Instead, they just seem to get more relevant with each passing year.


Breaking out the bombs to blow away the enemy
America my country what is to become of thee?
What happened to your famous liberty
Is it still safe to criticize?
Selling out the truth to manifest a destiny
Jesus at the shopping mall
Crack under the Christmas tree
A perfect credit rating is the ticket to eternity
Is it still free to fantasize?

O America
With the power to lead with light
When did it get so black and white
And did two wrongs ever make a right
Be careful with your might
O America

Report suspicious persons to the government authority
Fear can make American democracy a mockery
Cuz freedom isn’t just a clever marketing mythology
It’s a plan in action

O America
Land of the Free
O America
How will you be remembered
In history?

Buffalo aroma comin from the politician
But no more do they roam
Bulldozed into submission
Locking up the dopers
‘Stead of paying for tuition
What’s wrong with this picture?
Burning down the forest just to auction off the pieces
Settin’ up and proppin’ up puppets of convenience
Prophesyin’ profits like a cult of dollar demons
Devils quotin’ scripture

O America
Who am I talking to?
O America
There isn’t any “them”
There’s only me and you
So what are we gonna do?
O America
O America...


from Shimmer (Los Angeles 1994​-​2003), track released July 5, 2013
Diana vocals, lyrics
Chase Harlan guitar
Jake Rivera bass
Dave Tweedie drums




Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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