The American Man

LYRICS

A bitter member of society, another bastion of sobriety.
I won't be afraid of what I can't see until it's inside of me.
I turn my favorite pundit on,
so I can seethe while I seed the front lawn.
And I'm so afraid of who I can't see
That I won't ever leave

This beautiful country of mine,
where the poor can't speak
and the rich folks will lead to better times.
Just sign the dotted line.
This beautiful country of mine,
where the poor can't speak
and the dead vote over party lines.
This glorious land of mine.

I'll argue endlessly the gun debate,
somehow I'll prove to you that love means hate.
Yeah, you've got it all wrong,
Dear leader told me so!
(.. as he passed the collection plate)
No I won't need no hospital,
because I'm big and brave, he told me so.
So let's fire up the gears,
and lend me your ears,
and lend me your
venti
venti
ventilator

In this beautiful country of mine,
where the poor can't speak
and the rich folks will lead to better times.
Just sign the dotted line.
This beautiful country of mine,
where the poor can't speak
and the dead vote over party lines.
This glorious land of mine.

God bless us 


PROGRESS CLIPS


LINER NOTES

The final three tracks on the album were all written in 2020, with The American Man being the first of the bunch. It was written during quarantine in April, while watching all of the pandemic related unrest going on around the country. This one was also supposed to be a more low key, piano driven song, but it organically turned into some kind of jungle jam. The running title was 'David Bazan Plays Donkey Kong'. AJ came up with the verse sequencing/drum part and I took it from there. I think the lyrics pretty much speak for themselves, but man, it's just really disheartening to be an American in 2020. Common decency and compassion have been trampled in the dirt. Screw your fellow man, because if the virus doesn't effect you, it doesn't really exist. But hey, at least we can all get a Venti Ventilator at Starbucks for $5 this fall. God bless, everybody.


CREDITS

Written, Produced, and Mixed by Brandon Peterson 

Additional Drum Sequencing by AJ Estrada

Mastered by David Lipps