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NOTES: This song first appeared on a three song CD-R called, Celebrating May Day: The Activists Speak released May, 2002, by the South Australian May Day Committee.

American Dream is available online through FolkTrax (in Australia);
or through CDBABY (in the USA).

Donít Sell Us Pipe Dreams
© 1997, Jim Lesses. All Rights Reserved.
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C                                                                    G7
I was born in an age, when a man had to work, and work I did.
                                                                             C
I worked hard for a wage, tried to build a good life for my wife and kids.
F                             G7        F                               G7
You know I took it for granted. I never thought I would be,
F                         G7                            C    / G7
Unemployed and unwanted. Well, poor fool me!

C                                                                           G7
They said, Choose a career, learn a good trade, and you canít go wrong.
                                                                         C
Buy a house and a car, you've got nothing to fear, itís yours for a song.
F                                    G7     F                          G7
You know I swallowed that story. I took hook line and all.
F                           G7                                 C
And just like many before me, I went down for a fall.

F             G7              C             Am
Sell me a pipe dream. Sell me it all.
F                G7             C              Am
Sell me the future, and watch as I fall.
F                                      G7           Am
I make the payments, and follow the plan,
      F                                         G7    
But Iím treading water as fast as I can.

C                                                                    G7
For too many years, I have taken the bait, and the lying schemes.
Now I stand in a line; wait for a cheque, counting broken dreams.
You know, Truth is a virtue. Yesín Patience is too.
But Iím tired of waiting. Well, how about you?

Work for a living. Work for the dole.
Building a future. Digging a hole.
Iím getting deeper and deeper in debt.
Searching for answers that I wonít regret.

Well the kids have all grown, theyíre out on their own, tryiní to make or break.
And Iím hoping they learn, to take what they earn, not make my mistake.
You know itís never been easy. Sometimes you have to fight.
But itís there for the taking, and itís yours by right,

Shoot for your own dreams. Aim for them all.
Look to the future. Maybe youíll fall,
Taking control of your own life and fate,
Facing the challenge without fear and hate.

And Donít Sell Us Pipedreams. Donít sell us at all.
Give us a future. Weíll rise to the call.
Taking control of our own lives and fate,
F                                    G7
Facing the challenge without fear and hate.
F                                    G7              C       / Am
Facing the challenge without fear and hate.

[Am] / C / G7 / C / F / C

 

JIM LESSES: American Dream

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