American Dreamin

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You think the dudes on Wall St. give a buck about you? They could care less about who they screw
And most politicians are right there with em, smoke-screenin the country on national television
It’s easy to lie and make it sound right, it’s done again and again and people still buy it
Gettin high on propaganda, mass hysteria, paranoid schizophrenia is the condition of America
Welcome to the land where the cash is king, sex is queen, race still divides and the gun is supreme
Leader, commander in chiefin, smokin out the dreamin peace keepers with a handful of deal wheelers
Gun dealers run free, but illegal is the green
And everyone knows the drug war’s a disease, man, you wanna pay taxes: legalize weed!

2nd Verse: When times get rough, quit your bitchin, get tough, get creative and display it, make a team, make a statement
Build a business in your basement, believe in your greatness, when others lose hope in you, find it and replace it
With hard work, determination, blood, sweat and tears, hours and hours and days and weeks and months and years
Time is nothin but a frame for the portrait of our days, so let me display the ways in which a man can paint a great
Life and livin, use your own intuition, have respect for your neighbors and a love for your children
Please and thank you, basic human understandin, communication is key if we wanna lift the ground up
With an eye on the future, an ear to the now, always lookin forward, never lookin down
This is rock-star-dreamin of a life at peace, in another ten 10 years tell me where will we be?

3rd Verse:

In a nation in lust with the gun, here comes the smoke from the fire of love
I love your beautiful face, all mix of races, the music of the life and the language that we’re making
Beautiful amazing graces, innovators, creators, sublime inspirations
Cities of joy and cities of sorrow, cities of sin and cities of tomorrow
Shinin constellations all across the nation, united by the road that’s free
Amazing places, spiritually spacious, triumphant and brazen, full of changes, this place we make it
From the plains to the coasts, the Rockies to the Gulf, the lakes to the north
East, Southwest, and yes: Midwest is still best in the underground blessed


from Man vs. Bear, released April 1, 2012
written and performed by D. Bess
produced by D. Bess


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D. Bess Chicago, Illinois

D. Bess is a one-man-band who loops all his licks live: reggae/ska/blues-hop and roll. Using a cajon, percussion, guitar, bass and harmonizing his vocals, he builds and records layers of instrumentation to create the sound of a one-man-band.

He released his first album as D. Bess in April of 2012. The album, Man vs. Bear, features reggae legend and icon Toots Hibbert on the track "Oh Carolina".
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