Once the religious, the hunted, the weary chasing the promise of freedom and hope
Came to this country to build a new vision far from the reaches of kingdom and pope
Like good Christians, some would burn the witches, later some got slaves to gather riches
But still from near and far to seek America, they came by the thousands to court the wild
But she patiently smiled and bore a child to be their spirit and guiding light
And once the ties with the crown had been broken, westward in saddle they went
And ’till the railroad linked ocean to ocean many the lives which had come to an end
While we bullied, stole and bought a homeland we began the slaughter of the red man
But still from near and far to seek America they came by the thousands to court the wild
But she just patiently smiled and bore a child to be their spirit and guiding light
The blue and gray they stomped it-they kicked it just like a dog
And when the war over they stuffed it just like a hog
And though the past has it’s share of injustice, kind was the spirit in many a way
But it’s protectors and friends have been sleeping, now it’s a monster and will not obey
The spirit was freedom and justice and it’s keepers seemed generous and kind
It’s leaders were supposed to serve the country, but now won’t pay it no mind
‘Cause the people grew fat and got lazy-now their voice is a meaningless joke
They babble about law and order, but it’s just an echo of what they’ve been told
Yeah, there’s a monster on the loose. It’s got our heads into a noose. And it just sits there watchin’
The cities have turned into jungles and corruption is stranglin’ the land
The police force is watching the people and the people just can’t understand
We don’t know how to mind our own business ’cause the whole world has got to be just like us
Now we’re fighting a war over there; no matter who’s the winner we can’t pay the cost
‘Cause there’s a monster on the loose. It’s got our heads into a noose. And it just sits there watchin’
America, where are you now? Don’t you care about your sons and daughters?
Don’t you know we need you now? We can’t fight alone against the monster.
(Repeat refrain 3x)
Steppenwolf, 1969, Monster/ Suicide/ America song lyrics
For those unfamiliar with this song or band, this was one of a plethora of Vietnam war protest songs which also attempted to shine a light on the sad state of political affairs at the time. Draw your own conclusions about our politics, leaders, president, wars, policies and everything-else America. The only political statement I make is that these lyrics seem to fit our time. And, it would be wise for us to “look in a mirror” and to pray because we can’t fight alone against a monster.
Powerful words for our current cycle of dark times. Thanks so much for sharing this potent reminder. Blessings to you! – Douglas
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Thanks for your comment and repost. I debated about posting these lyrics, but felt the fit so well as I view our world and country. Better times ahead.
Michael somehow I missed your reply but caught it just now. You and I are simpatico. I’m glad you did. I’m fairly knowledgeable on this era of music but somehow this slipped pass me and I found it a powerful, timely statement – one that reminds us of the need to keep working at building the world as it should be. Blessings to you and your family. Douglas
Thanks so much for your response. As I have evaluated this post, I thought I might have been too negative. I am a realist with an optimistic twist. I am glad we are ‘simpatico’ ! And, yes, we need to build and not tare down our culture.