American Lives

There’s a news flash on the video, live footage from the scene
You can see the fires burning, you can hear the people scream
It’s a natural disaster, many thousands there have died
But the network says it’s alright, there’s no loss of American lives

In a new house in the suburbs with a pool and neat trimmed lawn
A kid sits in his father’s car and turns the engine on
He’s already sealed up all the doors to trap the fumes inside
Now he’s one more sad statistic in the loss of American lives

American lives, American lives
Now he’s one more sad statistic in the loss of American lives

At last the war is over, all the headlines make it clear
The troops will soon be coming home to ticker tape and cheers
They killed thousands of the enemy, every woman man and child
Now there’s cause for celebration, there’s no loss of American lives

Down by the burned out buildings in a city neighbourhood
An old soldier with a placard saying, “I will work for food”
Women sleeping on the sidewalk with the garbage and the flies
And you ask yourself the question “what’s become of American lives?”

American lives, American lives
And you ask yourself the question “what’s become of American lives?”

American lives, American lives
And you ask yourself the question “what’s become of American lives?”

Never Learned to Dance – Green Linnet, GLCD 1124
Words and Music, Robbie O’Connell © 1991
Slievenamon Music (BMI)