Words and Music by Jeffrey Skinner
Copyright 2022 - Vollmond Music
I am a lonesome foreigner
Livin' in America
Branded with the stain of a stranger
Been tryin' to keep my profile low
Shut my face and hoe my row
One eye out for God and Texas Rangers
In the year that Dubya ran for re election
He adressed the plebes at Colorado Springs
He said those Arabs hate our freedom
Now justice must be done
Christian patriots and airmen
Take revenge for 911
My dad and me are pilots just like you!
I started looking for my travellin' shoes
Don't panic yet, just check the exits.
Now I look for clues to understand
The mysteries of this promised land
Surf the WEB all night in my vexation
But with all the rage and rancor
Toward the oilmen and the bankers
People seem to think they need deregulation
And I've been listening to that all night radio
All the shock jocks think they've got it figured out
They say we know Obama's secret
He's a foreigner for sure
That faggot Barney Frank
Molests the kid next door
The Chinese stole our country while we snoozed!
I'm lookin' sideways at my travellin' shoes
Since I wrote this song I have become an American citizen. The anxiety I expressed in these lyrics is ridiculous on the face of it. After all, the class of immigrant LEAST vulnerable to the xenophobic strain in American culture is the white Anglo-Canadian. That's me. Even so, I'm glad to be still and forever a Canuck. The Peace Bridge is always there if things get too weird.
Fox in the hen house!
Scream bloody Murdoch!
Now every night of late
I wake up screamin'
And every night the dream is just same
I'm drinkin' at a road house in Texas
I drove all day I'm dry as the Mojave
Then waitress brings my order
And by God it's Sarah Palin
Dick Cheney is the barman
He packs a sawed off shotgun
And risin' up behind him
The ghost of Ronald Reagan
Says "It's morning in America
But it's closin' time for you boy
Got no more time for
Foreign trash like you!
I think you'd best put on your travellin' shoes"
I'm on my way
Back where I belong
Peace Bridge here I come!