American English

by The Canoes

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Electrified version of "American English," because two versions are better than one. Released in partnership with The Snake: thesnake.mememovement.com.

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don't go overusing commas,
teacher tells me that's bad form.
when i get home i think of mama,
sliding on the road in the storm.
up those school punks, lose those swim trunks;
take me to the lake.
your legs my legs, my hands your hands--
let's be each other's first mistake.
oh, sally, don't feel so sad.

now, dad he hasn't always been
swimming in a river of gin.
he used to look pretty trim
'til mom left and things, things got grim.
he got lost and he got hurt and
he takes it out on you.
he got lost and he got hurt and
he doesn't know what to do with you.
oh, danny, don't feel so sad.

we speak american english,
we speak american english.
20,000 words are the same shit,
freedom's all you got to put up with.
we speak american english,
we speak american english.
yeah, fuck it if you don't understand us,
i can barely understand us.

everybody's looking for,
looking for the next big thing.
everybody's looking, looking for the,
the very biggest next big thing.
late at night i lie awake
and think of her and what she did.
every night i lie in bed
and think of her and her new kid.
i don't want to be like them--no--i don't
want to be like them.
i don't want to be like them even though
i know that i am...

we speak american english,
we speak american english.
20,000 words are the same shit,
freedom's all you got to put up with.
we speak american english,
we speak american english.
yeah, fuck it if you don't understand us,
i can barely understand us.

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released January 20, 2012
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Erik Rasmussen at Observatory Studios, Chicago, IL.

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