Geoffrey M. Dominy

This is America

America

Eight Note

Verse One

They are building castles by the ocean,
Deep in the desert lies the city of sin,
They are building a wall like the Great Wall of China,
To keep them out or to keep them in?

Chorus

This is America,
This is America,
This is America,
But it ain’t free.

Verse Two

The wildfires are burning throughout California,
The city of angels surrounded by Hell,
There once was Paradise, where the people there were oh so nice,
Their American dream just went up in smoke.

Chorus

This is America,
This is America,
This is America,
But it ain’t free.

Bridge

But I would walk a thousand miles,
I’d walk ten thousand more,
To be free.
I’d sell my soul for liberty,
in the land of opportunity.

I want to breathe and speak my mind,
To cherish hope I could never find,
To be at peace and not at war,
To know what I was fighting for.

Chorus

This is America,
This is America,
This is America,
But it ain’t free.

Verse Three

You can go into Wal-Mart and buy yourself a gun,
Join the NRA and become their favourite son,
Buy yourself a bed sheet and join the Klu Klux Klan,
Hey this is America so anybody can.

Chorus

This is America,
This is America,
This is America,
But it ain’t free.

This is America,
This is America,
This is America,
Land of the Free.

Words & Music - Geoff Dominy

About the Song

I wanted to write a song about America but look at it from both sides of the fence (no pun intended). To create lyrics that would leave the listener wondering what I personally thought about America in the era of Donald Trump.

There's lots of references to modern day events; the wildfires in California that have devastated the state, killing so many people and leaving a number of people still unaccounted for. The raizing of the town called Paradise, references to the human caravan; their dreams and misconceptions, tackling the gun issue, racism, the wealth, the depravation and the hopes that so many people cherish. It is a country of so many contradictions. Viewed as the 'Land of the Free', it continues to be a country that is viewed by many as the good guy, the cowboy with the white stetson, although even that phrase would be considered by many today to be politically incorrect!