American Dream

"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 Ā© ā„— 2014 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved.

This one has me playing acoustic bass, congas/bongos, djembe, shaker, snare, tambourine, and rhythm acoustic.