Red 'n' White Blues
They keep putting my country down -- the original 1980 lyrics
1. C Stop and think for a minute 'Bout this Land of the Brave and Free Two hundred years is short But it's a great democracy F They founded a republic Fm Built it solidly to last C Maybe it's gotten big 'n' slow But if you look to the recent past G Just like a little baby F We've got all that it takes C Just like growin' up We've had to learn from our mistakes an' I get those G Red 'n' White Blues when they F C keep puttin' my country down
2. C Now we don't have Richard Nixon To kick us around no more And we made a special effort To end up Viet Nam's war F And we just quit helpin' Mexico Fm to paraquat the grass C So Khomeni can take his beads an' shove 'em up... (let's not be crass) G I know we've still got problems F And perhaps they've just begun C But at least we've learned that freedom doesn't come out of a gun an' I get those G Red 'n' White Blues when they F C keep puttin' my country down
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3. C I can't defend the stupid things Like a country of our size Still being too proud and too narrow-minded To simply apologize F We can't even run our own place Fm 'cause we're so busy splitting hairs C If we'd mind our own damn business We would not be minding theirs G But the way that we've been treated F Is stickin' in my craw C Khomeni wouldn't be around if we'd really been helping the Shah an' I get those G Red 'n' White Blues 'cause they F C keep puttin' my country down
4. C Some folks don't trust the Black man And some folks fear the Gay Some folks don't like Disco But they trust the C.I.A. F I'm not pointin' any fingers or Fm Tryin' to tell you how to be C It's a great big blessed country And there's room for you and me G And besides the earth is nuclear now F Not like it was before C This could be the final chapter one more war will end all war and end my... G Red 'n' White Blues 'cause we F C wouldn't have no country around....
Performed in Mindful Webworkshop #13 - Election 2016, 2016 Nov 4