Red, White & Blue
Credit: words & music by David Heitler-Klevans, (c) 1992
Album: Patchwork Planet
Lyrics: This is an alternative, inclusive, rock 'n' roll anthem. A lot of "patriotic" songs tell you what to think about your country. David wanted to ask questions instead - "what does America mean to you?" This is the only song on "Patchwork Planet" which we had recorded previously - on our first children's recording, "Friends". We decided to re-record it for this album, particularly because of the lyrics related to our "patchwork quilt" theme.
Red, white, and blue
What does America mean to you?
How do you feel about the U.S.A.?
I feel happy, 'cause I am free
to be what I want to be
I feel sad, 'cause I can see
people who aren't as lucky as me
This country was built by many hands
From many far and distant lands
A patchwork quilt of many strands
Divided we fall, united we stand
Many kinds of people have been left out
Until they had to march and shout
It's enough to make you start to doubt
what this country's all about
There's lots of other lands around
with pretty sights and pretty sounds
and that's what makes the world go 'round
and round and round and round and round