Monday, July 4, 2016

America my friend





And so once again,
My dear Johnny, my dear friend,
And so once again you are fighting us all,
And when I ask you why,


You raise your sticks and cry, and I fall,
Oh, my friend,
How did you come
To trade the fiddle for the drum,


You say I have turned,
Like the enemies you've earned,
But I can remember,
All the good things you are,


And so I ask you please,
Can I help you find the peace and the star,
Oh, my friend,
What time is this
To trade the handshake for the fist


And so once again,
Oh, America my friend,
And so once again,
You are fighting us all,


And when we ask you why,
You raise your sticks and cry and we fall,
Oh, my friend,
How did you come,
To trade the fiddle for the drum


You say we have turned,
Like the enemies you've earned,
But we can remember,
All the good things you are,


And so we ask you please,
Can we help you find the peace and the star,
Oh my friend,
We have all come,
To fear the beating of your drum


Joni Mitchell

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