Britta Lee Shain Between the River and the Road Song Lyrics

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America The Beautiful

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

I’m walking down Main Street
Hustling for spare change
Wishing people wouldn’t
Look at me like I was strange

Got my dog and my rain coat
My cardboard box
Don’t need much these days
Don’t need no locks

America the beautiful
Home of the brave and free
America the beautiful
How could you ever...
Turn your back on me?

A woman walks toward me
Five dollars in her hand
Stuffs it in my cup
Trips over a grain of sand

I know I’ll never see her again
Anytime later or soon
But tonight in my newspaper bed
I’ll dream of her under the moon

America the beautiful
Home of the brave and free
America the beautiful
How could you ever...
Turn your back on me?

Some things you’d like to forget
Like how you got to where you are
Some things you regret
Some things have simply gone too far

First tour of duty
I came back lucky to be alive
Fifth tour of duty
A land mine took my eye

But I could still see in my dreams
Bombs bursting like fireworks
Body parts raining down
On foreign dirt

America the beautiful
Home of the brave and free
America the beautiful
How could you ever...
Turn your back on me?

Now I’m going to crawl off
Sleep under a bridge somewhere
Out of sight, out of mind
Going to vanish into air

And hope that tomorrow’s the day
When I wake up
To find that red, white & blue...
Rainbow in my cup

America the beautiful
Home of the brave and free
America the beautiful
How could you ever...
Turn your back on me?

America the beautiful
Home of the brave and free
America the beautiful
Land of peace and prosperity
America the beautiful
God shed his grace on thee

How could you ever...
Turn your back on me?

© 2010 Britta Lee Shain

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