THE SONG, AMERICAN DREAMS

Here is the song and the lyrics to American Dreams. I'm still dreaming them ...


CHARLEY O’CONELLY, A MARINER’S SON,

FOLLOWED THE HUDSON BAY TIDE

AND FOUND ELLIS ISLAND IN 1901

THEN FOUND HIM A YOUNG A YOUNG IRISH BRIDE

HE WORKED IN SWEAT HOUSE FOR TEN CENTS A DAY

TO PAY FOR THE CHILDREN SHE BORE

AND DUBLIN WAS MORE THAN A LIFETIME AWAY

THE PIPES WEREN’T CALLING NO MORE


CHO

CAUSE HE WAS WRAPPED UP AND TANGLED IN POVERTY’S CHAINS

BUT A RED, CELTIC RIVER RAN HOT THROUGH HIS VEINS

THE NEW WORLD WAS NOTHING BUT FACTORY STEAM

BUT CHARLIE WAS DREAMING AMERICAN DREAMS

OLD MARCUS JACKSON, IN SOUTH BIRMINGHAM

DIGGING ANOTHER COLD GRAVE

A POOR, BLACK-SKINNED ORPHAN OF OLD UNCLE SAM

THE SON OF THE SON OF A SLAVE

HE MAKES A SMALL LIVING BURYING BONES

OF THOSE WHO DON’T CARE FOR HIS KIND

SURROUNDED BY MANICURED, GREY, GRANITE STONES

BUT MARCUS HAS LIFE ON HIS MIND


CHO

CAUSE HE CAN FEEL EVERY RYTHM 

HE CAN HEAR EVERY GHOST 

OF THE EBONY MEN FROM THE IVORY COAST

A LONG, LOST DESCENDANT OF AFRICAN KINGS

BUT MARCUS IS DREAMING AMERICAN DREAMS

BRIDGE

OH, YOU CAN PLAY ANY TUNE

YOU CAN WALK ON THE MOON

IT’S ALL UP TO YOU

ANY DREAM CAN COME TRUE



CAUSE IT’S A ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN WITH FLYING MACHINES

THE WHOLE WORLD IS DREAMING AMERICAN DREAMS

AMERICAN DREAMS…HEY YEAH

AMERICAN DREAMS…HEY YEAH


WORDS AND MUSIC BY REGIE HAMM. PRODUCED BY REGIE HAMM. VOCALS: REGIE HAMM, DRUMS: DAN NEEDHAM, BASS: MATT PIERSON, GUITARS: DAVID CLEVELAND, GARY BURNETTE, PIANO: REGIE HAMM, KEYBOARDS: JEFF ROACH, STRINGS: DAVID DAVIDSON, JOHN CATCHINGS

RECORDED BY SALVO, KENT HOOPER. MIXED BY TOM LAUNE. MASTERED BY HANK WILLIAMS.  

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