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My American Name

they could hardly wait to get their triggers loaded
when the airplanes hit and the towers exploded
you shoulda seen ‘em on the TV
it was the first big war of the 21st century

the flames were still burning they already had their man
they said that he was hiding in the mountains of Afghanistan
we asked to see the evidence they said they couldn’t show
this is war they said and that’s all you gotta know

America you’re scarin’ me you’re makin’ me ashamed
you’re goin’ out for blood
and I can’t let you do it
not in my American name

you want to talk about the body count, let’s run it up the mast
5,000 people died in that New York City blast
like the 5,000 people every month that you kill
strangling Iraq for a dirty dollar bill

you want to talk about brutality, alright let’s get it out
depleted uranium now what’s that all about
innocent victims can you even see their tears
irradiated homelands for four billion years

you want to talk about the terrorists and what makes them run
you taught ‘em everything they know, you even gave ‘em the guns
every killer with a grudge is just a tool to be used
then you forget about ‘em until they make the news

America you’re scarin’ me you’re makin’ me ashamed
you’re goin’ out for blood
and I can’t let you do it
not in my American name

an eye for an eye is the justice that you claim
but the numbers that we’re talking about are a whole different game
millions of people with no place to hide
that’s not justice, that’s genocide

I’m gonna have my say and I’ll say it loud and clear
in every crowd, on every corner, wherever I can find an ear
and you can try to shut me up but no matter what you do
I got a right to speak ‘cause I’m American too

America you’re scarin’ me you’re makin’ me ashamed
you’re goin’ out for blood
and I can’t let you do it
not in my American name