American Dreams Denied

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Left without a future, born without a past.
I was always told my birthright was an ever-half-full glass.
My heart is full of anger, we’ve been left behind.
I’m an only child of American dreams denied.

Stay isolated, empty, anxious, and afraid
Watch your back and mind your own until your debts are paid
It took me all these years to learn to look beyond the lies
I’m an only child of American dreams denied.

If a tree falls in an empty forest, does it make a sound?
I came to sing a simple chorus for the underground
You corpses and you sleepers, it’s past the time to wait.
The hungry and the hoping, they’re all pounding at your gate

There are thunderclouds above us, but they’re about to burst
The water’s gonna keep on rising until the battlefield’s immersed
My heart is full of anger, we’ve been left behind.
I’m an only child of American dreams denied.

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from How To Dream Again, released September 16, 2016

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