The American Dream

by Joe Benjamin & A Mighty Handful

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"This song is a voice to all who came to the US but were not born there. In times of Occupy Wall Street, Ferguson and Sarah Palin, The American Dream has got to be redefined !"

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When I was a little ninetie's boy

Everyone talked about this land of the free

They executed killers day by day

But all I saw was millionaires, Times Square, Cartier

and the NBA


So I moved to this promised land

A bag full of money, a bag full of cloths

The one bag they stole for my undergrad

And once you're broke they send a note, your visa, needs a-

nother fifty grand


America for spacious sky


Wake me up from this nightmare

Fairytales overtake hopes, money, they scheme

The American Dream


Better save some cash for this hooker

Keep a watchful eye on this

old sick tramp Queen

The American Dream


Five years I've lived in this paradise

you'd be surprised I still don't eat gluten free.

One accomplishment are our black men in command

health reform, end of war, equality for LGBT, Obama and Jay-Z


America for spacious sky

Wake me up from this nightmare

Fairytales overtake hopes, money, they scheme

The American Dream


I came here, with a purpose for a reason

I stayed here, with a purpose for a reason

I love here, with a purpose for a reason

and once I'm broke, I have no job I pack my things and go

Let's save this dream for families who cannot leave but not me


I woke up from this nightmare

Fairytales overtake hopes, money, they scheme

The American Dream


America for spacious skies. I made it work, despite those lies

credits

released January 30, 2015
Music + Lyrics: Joe Benjamin
Arrangement: Martin Seiler
Joe Benjamin - Music + Vocals
John Replogle - Lead Trumpet
Carou Johnson - 2nd Trumpet
Daniel Jordan - Bass Trombone
Nathanael Ranson - Tenor Trombone
Mike O'Neal - Baritone Saxophone
Gabriel Richards - Tenor + Alto
Martin Seiler - Tenor + Flute
Daniel Glaude - Lead Alto + Flute
Michael Gordon - Drums
Andrew Freedman - Piano
Ray Cetta - Bass

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Joe Benjamin & A Mighty Handful New York, New York

Joe Benjamin & A Mighty Handful" is a collective of 11 musicians from NYC. The bands' vision is to give Swing Music a new and more 'a la mode' meaning. Built on the musical styles of Freddie Mercury, Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick, Joe Benjamin brings contemporary music styles and themes of modern life together in an entertaining live show. Joe Benjamin & A Mighty Handful - America's New Swing ! ... more

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