Originally Posted by Hap
That being said, could you please elaborate a little on what the song means?
I'm guessing Dom made that comment with tongue in cheek. But if not, I don't think that he meant it as an attack on any particular political party. I could be wrong, but I saw Bob Costas interview him years ago, and he said he didn't consider himself a Repub. or a Dem.
Each verse tells the story of a person or two and discusses how the American dream didn't turn out so well for them.
There's a black man with a black cat
Livin' in a black neighborhood
He's got an interstate runnin' through his front yard
You know he thinks that he's got it so good
And there's a woman in the kitchen
Cleanin' up the evenin' slop
And he looks at her and says, "Hey darlin'
I can remember when you could stop a clock"
Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me
Ain't that America, we're somethin' to see, baby
Ain't that America, the home of the free
Little pink houses for you and me
There's a young man in a T-shirt
Listenin' to a rockin' rollin' station
He's got greasy hair, greasy smile
He says, "Lord this must be my destination"
'Cause they told me when I was younger
"Boy you're gonna be President"
But just like everything else those old crazy dreams
Kinda came and went
Well there's people and more people
What do they know know know
Go to work in some high rise
And vacation down at the Gulf of Mexico, ooh yeah
And there's winners and there's losers
But that ain't no big deal
'Cause the simple man baby pays for the thrills
The bills, the pills that kill