Brooks And Dunn
Only In America (Live Version)

Sun coming up over New York City
School bus driver in a traffic jam
Starin' at the faces in her rearview mirror
Looking at the promise of the Promised Land
One kid dreams of fame and fortune
One kid helps pay the rent
One could end up going to prison
One just might be president

Only in America
Dreaming in red, white and blue
Only in America
Where we dream as big as we want to
We all get a chance
Everybody gets to dance
Only in America

Sun going down on an L.A. freeway
Newlyweds in the back of a limousine
A welder's son and a banker's daughter
All they want is everything
Some men, they dream of fame and fortune
Some work hard to pay the rent
Some give their lives to save our freedom
Heroes we never will forget

Only in America
Where we dream in red, white and blue
Only in America
Where we dream as big as we want to
We all get a chance
Everybody gets to dance
Only in America

Yeah only in America
Where we dream in red, white and blue
Yeah we dream as big as we want to

9 comments:

RudeBoyMurphy said...

"America Is The Greatest Country On The Planet"
compared to what?
and how?
or is this just the baseless opinion that you are entitled to?

Yeah, you can dream, but don't count on it coming true unless you are white, upper/middle class, male... and happen to 'know a few people'

... and with the exception of the place names, it's not 'only in america'

Za said...

Since I don't recall, I'll ask. Ever been overseas Chris?

Indian Chris said...

Murph:
Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson, Condi Rice, Bill Richardson. While some might be male, one might be half white, and I think one of them might have come from a middle class background, none of them actually fit into your narrow criteria.

Za:
I went to Mexico once. And not one of the vacation destinations. I mean no electricity, no running water, no bathrooms, no floors, no doors, bitten by so many mosquitoes it's amazing I didn't die, Hell on Earth Mexico.

And guys, it's just a title. Quit creaming your jeans over it.

Tracy said...

Love this song. Thanks Chris.

Gayle said...

"And guys, it's just a title. Quit creaming your jeans over it." LOL!

It's not "just a title". It happens to be the truth. I've been overseas plenty. I've been to Germany, Italy, England and France, and was always thankful to come home to America. I would never want to live in any of those countries. Italy, England and France were visited because we were in Germany for seven years with the military and those countries were close; at least much closer than from here. I've also been to Mexico and have seen what you have seen. There's another thing I can do and that is read about the way many people live in other countries, and I do. Reading broadens the mind if you don't limit yourself to comic books.

It would be interesting for your commentors to specifically state what other country is there on this planet where people who detest their country and their president can say so in public and not get arrested? Name one!

So I second it: "America Is The Greatest Country On The Planet And If You Don't Agree You Can Kiss My Ass"! It's a great title. :)

RudeBoyMurphy said...

"Quit creaming your jeans over it."
...and I thought it was you, Chris, are the only one to display an 'unusual fondness or excitation' (I just asked a couple of questions)

Chris, you say it's 'only a title', but have defended the notion by giving examples of people who are 'successful' and not white, middle class etc.
I'll explain this really slowly for you.
Of course there are exceptions, but as I said 'don't count on it', not 'it is totally impossible', highlighting the real nature of inequality. People of privilege can expect to get by on the basis of that privilege alone, where people who are discriminated against need a combination of greater than average effort, greater than average ability, luck etc just to have a chance of being successful at their chosen field.

... and if you've calmed-down and cleaned out your pants, you'd realise that I wasn't disagreeing with you, but merely asking on what basis you make such an extraordinary claim?

extraordinary? it's such a subjective claim that it is an absurd claim to make, the idea that one person is in a position to make an appraisal of all countries, and say 'this one is the best'
...if it was 'just a title', I could understand that (part of the reason that I asked 'how'), but then you try arguing that it is true by citing exceptions (to a trend, not a rule)

Za said...

I went to Mexico once.
Yeah, not really demonstrative of the world at large.

johnk said...

I have actually lived in several different countries. More than a few months and some more than a few years. I have cared for none of them as much as my own; but thats because America has the best of everything. Thanks to the hard work, blood and dedication of our forefathers here.
The closet country I would call home next to the USA would be Germany. Love that beer man..and food.

RudeBoyMurphy said...

"America has the best of everything"
... yup, the very best gun-crime, social inequality, corruption, environmental abuse...