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Born Again American

Artist: Keith Carradine

Released: 2009

Genre: Folk

Born Again American was conceived and midwifed by Norman Lear, who collaborated with Keith Carradine and Mark Johnson of Playing for Change. It's a project of Declare Yourself!, a non-profit dedicated to increasing young voter participation and civic involvement.

I'd call it an exercise in citizenship, myself. Despite the evangelical overtones, I don't believe there's any intent here to marginalize other religions or lack thereof, merely an effort to use an existing frame that provides instant context and understanding. As President Obama said in his inaugural address, there is a price, as well as a promise, of citizenship.

The Pledge:

I am

a born Again American

I am my Country's Keeper

My President and my

Congress report to me


And so --

I will stay informed and involved

I will make my voice heard

And not just at election time

I can make a difference

I matter

I am an American, Born Again


Born Again American original lyrics, by Keith Carradine:


Just a workin’ man without a job

It got shipped off to China via Washington, D.C.

And I know I’m nothin’ special, there are plenty more like me

Just the same

I thought I knew the rules of the game


I stood up for this country that I love

I came back from the desert to a wife and kids to feed

I’m not sayin’ Uncle Sam should give me what I need

My offer stands

I’ll pull my weight you give me half a chance


I went up to a congressman and said to him “you know

Our government is letting people down”

He said he’d need a lot of help to buck the status-quo

I said there was a bunch of us around


I’m a Born Again American, conceived in Liberty

My Bible and the Bill of Rights, my creed’s equality

I’m a Born Again American, my country ‘tis of me

And everyone who shares the dream from sea to shining sea


My brother’s welding chassis at the plant

He’s earning what our granddad did in 1948

While CEOs count bonuses behind the castle gates

How can they see

When all they care about’s the do re mi


It’s getting where there’s nowhere left to turn

Not since the crash of twenty-nine have things been so unfair

So many of our citizens are living in despair

The time has come

To reaffirm that hope’s not just for some


The promise of America’s surrendering to greed

The rule is just look out for number one

But brace yourself ‘cause some of us have sown a different seed

A harvest of the spirit has begun


I’m a Born Again American conceived in liberty

My Bible and The Bill Of Rights

My creed’s equality

A Born Again American, my country ‘tis of me

And everyone who shares the dream from sea to shining sea


It’s clear my country’s soul is on the line

She’s hungering for something that she lost along the way

The principle the framers called upon us to obey

That in this land

The people’s will must have the upper hand


I felt the calling once before and took a sacred vow

And faithful to that vow I have remained

I hear the calling once again, my country needs me now

And to her cause I have been re-ordained


I’m a Born Again American conceived in liberty

My Bible and the Bill Of Rights, all people living free

A Born Again American, my country ‘tis of me

And everyone who shares the dream

From sea to shining sea

And everyone who shares the dream

From sea to shining sea

A M E R I C A


Posted by Conspiracy Cafe on November 30, 2018 at 11:40 AM 42 Views