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War Drum (This Ain't America)

by Magellan

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Magellan’s hard-rocking single “War Drum (This Ain’t America) is a fill-the-streets rock anthem for those weary of being fed the “daily spin of the constitution” served up via 24/7 media. From the opening lyrics (“Camouflaged in the red, white & blue”) you know this song carries a warning… and a responsibility.

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WAR DRUM (This Ain’t America)

Camouflaged in the red, white & blue
an American son
hear the steady rhythms of the ancients
like a primal rerun

“he was a good boy”
he turned out right
but he’s digging us deep in a bottomless pit.

He’s got big demographics -exit polls
competition zero
dropped out of high school -went to ‘Nam
he’s a superhero

media puppet institutions
daily spin of the constitution
I’m sick of it all -it ain’t goin’ away
it’s the same old song – “liberty”

All I can hear is the beating of the war drum
and it’s all drawn out
nothin’ but misery (now come on)
painting the centuries (this ain’t America)

from the pharaoh to the marrow
give me straight and narrow
this ain’t America

Politics and a run to the center
but we keep buying more

“Cry Havoc!” (for the casualties)
“and let slip the dogs of war” (that’s Shakespeare)

Eye on the past but we’re blind today
as nuclear bombs blow us all away
if we don’t wake up soon and realize
tomorrow is gone and it’s kingdom come on a gangway…

beating of the war drum
feed a hunger’s madness
breeding the battleground (from the low road)
a holy war hell bound (here comes another one)

from the crusades to our masquerades
I’m a freelance renegade
unbreakable faith now
look for the high road
this ain’t America…

All I can hear is the beating of the war drum
and it’s all drawn out
nothin’ but misery (now come on)
painting the centuries (this ain’t America)

from the pharaoh to the marrow
give me straight and narrow
hey – hear the beating of the war drum
hear it beating now?

We’re taking a beating from the war drum
humanity singing “we will overcome”

We’re taking a beating…
feed a hunger’s madness
breeding the battleground
a holy war hell bound
ALL WAR DRUM.

Ghost dance for a romance
it’s a game of chance
for the piss-ants
take a solemn stance
in your circumstance
and start a war dance…

beating of the war drum
and it’s all drawn out
breeding the battleground (now come on)
a holy war hell bound (this ain’t America)
from the pharaoh to the marrow
give me straight and narrow
come on -this ain’t America…no, no. no…

Written by Trent Gardner
All rights reserved 2015
Soul Of The Sasquatch Music, BMI
magellansongs.com

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released September 12, 2015
Song Credits:

Lyrics & Music Written & Produced by Trent Gardner / Magellan

Recorded at Studio Sasquatch September 1-3, 2015

Mastered at Capricorn Mastering

Liner Notes: Mary Pat Hyland

Musicians:

Trent Gardner: Vocals, keyboards, bass & drum programming. Guitar at verses & outro

Magellan is grateful to very special guest performers:

Keith Howland (Chicago) Guitar solo

Robert McClung (Telergy) guitar at choruses

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Magellan San Francisco, California

Magellan is a rock band from the SF Bay area, formed in 1985. Trent Gardner, the main songwriter is known for composing "Leonardo The Absolute Man" a rock opera based upon the life of Leonardo da Vinci. Lyrically,Magellan's themes are of the classic human condition and irony of living in the 21st century. There are spiritual battles, emotional conflicts,levels of battle with darkness, and more. ... more

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