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Composed by Paul Simon
Many's the time I've been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and I've often felt forsaken
And certainly misused
Oh, but I'm all right, I'm all right
I'm just weary to my bones
Still, you don't expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home.
And I don't know a soul who's not been battered
I don't have a friend who feels at ease
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
or driven to its knees
But it's all right, it's all right
for we lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the
road we're traveling on
I WONDER WHAT'S GONE WRONG*
I can't help it, I wonder what's gone wrong
And I dreamed I was dying
I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me
And I dreamed I was flying
And high up above my eyes could clearly see
THE STATUE OF LIBERTY**
Sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying.
We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age's most uncertain hours
and sing an AMERICAN TUNE***
Oh, and it's alright, it's all right, it's all right
You can't be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow's going to be another working day
And I'm trying to get some rest
That's all I'm trying to get some rest.
Stormy individualism I'm bound to lose;
Wily militiamen devoted no excuse,
No commitment, no salvation, no immunity...
Leaving a broken nation, divided community.
Maximum tolerance and down on its knees;
All deny identity; immortality we release.
Wisdom demoted, we emote to a dim-lit sky...
A needier need made weak: we know, we die.
** THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, a robed woman holding a lit flame, was France's donation. Worldwide, it is one of the most recognisable U.S. icons, symbolising liberty and an escape from tyranny.
*** Francis Scott Key's words were set to the tune of John Stafford Smith's drinking song. Renamed THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, it became a well-known American nationalistic, flag-waving song. Although it originally had four verses, only the initial one is commonly sung today.
O! say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?