Thursday, July 13, 2006

I’ll be singing Neil Diamond all day now.

Why? Because I just took a short sample American citizenship test. I scored a 95% - the only question I missed was about what form is used to apply for citizenship. I actually knew all the rest. Not bad for a Liberal. You can sing along, too!




America



Far
We've been traveling far
Without a home
But not without a star
Free
Only want to be free
We huddle close
Hang on to a dream

On the boats and on the planes
They're coming to America
Never looking back again
They're coming to America

Home, don't it seem so far away
Oh, we're traveling light today
In the eye of the storm
In the eye of the storm

Home, to a new and a shiny place
Make our bed, and we'll say our grace
Freedom's light burning warm
Freedom's light burning warm

Everywhere around the world
They're coming to America
Every time that flag's unfurled
They're coming to America

Got a dream to take them there
They're coming to America
Got a dream they've come to share
They're coming to America

They're coming to America
They're coming to America
They're coming to America
They're coming to America
Today, today, today, today, today

My country 'tis of thee
Today
Sweet land of liberty
Today
Of thee I sing
Today
Of thee I sing
Today


I have memories of this song, and the Harmonaires, and New York, and the Statue of Liberty, and being insanely embarassed at my peers for singing said song in the narrow, echo-chamber that is the stairwell of said Statue of Liberty. Looking back, I still think they were idiots - not for singing this song, but for singing some song they made up on the long bus ride to New York from Kansas City, about a podunk town called Iola. Who am I kidding? Over 10 years after the fact ,I still remember the Iola song (sung to the tune of a popular children's song that I can't for the life of me remember the actual words to), even though I never actually sang it with them:



Iola has a Wal-Mart, a Wal-Mart, a Wal-Mart.
Iola has a Wal-Mart and Ken's Pizza, too!
McDonald's and Dairy Queen - Iola has everything!
Iola has a Wal-Mart and Ken's Pizza, too
!

Now picture this little ditty being sung by 15 or so high school kids on a bus for hours on end, the words and tune reverberating through the cramped, muggy space and drilling into my brain. Then imagine this same annoying song being sung on the long, exaustive walk up the stairs inside the Statue of Liberty. Yeah, it wasn't a plesant experience. That said, I still remember this song and the circumstances in which it was sung, and although it still bugs the shit out of me, I can kind of find humor in the situation, and I have to admit I'm glad I still remember all the words.

1 comment:

  1. As and FYI, and for historical accuracy, the song was actually from Tall Oaks church camp. Funny thing though, if you search for "Iola has a walmart song" this post is the top result :)

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