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American Dream


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"American Dream"
Music & Lyrics by Scott Cooley.

Democracy, hypocrisy, corporations don’t bail out you and me

Home ownership, prosperity, can’t forget the statue of liberty

Self-righteousness, police of the world, happiness for every boy and girl

Expectations, social classes, don’t forget your rose-colored glasses


New York, Hollywood, America misunderstood

Christian religion, and way too much television

Right to bear arms, suicide, murder rate, violent crime

Your children’s education, can’t control population


The American Dream is never what it seems from the inside

And when you’re outside looking in, it might not amount to a lot

If you’re keeping score, you’ll find you always want more

You won’t ever be happy with what you’ve got

So don’t try to chase the American dream

‘Cause you can never have it all

The higher you climb, the more lonely you’ll be

With no one to catch you when you fall


Baseball, Superman, melting pot, frying pan

Fast food, obesity, low life expectancy

Write a blog, surf the web, skateboard, bang your head

Freedom, unity, the land of opportunity


The American Dream is never what it seems from the inside

And when you’re outside looking in, it might not amount to a lot

If you’re keeping score, you’ll find you always want more

You won’t ever be happy with what you’ve got

So don’t try to chase the American dream

‘Cause you can never have it all

The higher you climb, the more lonely you’ll be

With no one to catch you when you fall


Satisfaction’s not guaranteed 

You probably have more than you need

Think twice about the price because it can’t be bought

You might lose sight of what you sought


Foreigners love to complain about the USA

But secretly, they’re tryin’ to find a way in

When they keep score, they should be careful what they wish for

What they’re tryin’ to attain is never a game they can win

So be careful where you search for the American Dream

You might not like what you find at all

The farther you go, the more lonely you’ll be

With no one to catch you when you fall


Copyright © ℗ 2014 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved.

American Dream
Album cover photo by Richard Cooley
Song from the album Used To Be Good Looking
Position Track # 8
Duration 4:19
Released June 21st, 2014
Label Scott Cooley Records
Format CD, MP3, FLAC, OGG
Genre Americana
Studio Scott Cooley Music Productions
Producer Scott Cooley
Songwriter words and music by Scott Richard Cooley
Publisher Scott Richard Cooley Music Publishing, ASCAP
Personnel Scott Cooley - vocals, guitars, bass, drums, percussion
Track Chronology
"Brought It On Myself"

(#7)
"American Dream"

(#8)
"Algoma Central Blues"

(#9)
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Brief Description

My most Shazamed song on Shazam, which I think means people are interested in reading the lyrics.  This comes from my educational background.  When you're an English major in college, you read books and write papers, and learn about the American Dream as a topic of books, and that all makes you think about writing your own version of the great American novel someday.  Most of us never do, but this is as close as I've come, which is to say it's pretty far from it.  It covers the things we're known for in this country, and warns that chasing it might not be all it's cracked up to be.  This is one where I wrote most of the lyrics a decade or more ago, and finally finished it in 2013.  It's probably naive and pretentious and preachy and annoying, but my wife liked it, so I released it.  There are some good rhymes in there, for sure.  I may have dressed this one up with too much instrumentation, and maybe it's better with just a single acoustic guitar, I don't know.  You be the judge.

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