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American Tune

by BettySoo



I found myself needing solace during the election season this year, and I pulled my guitar out of the "studio" and sat on the couch, playing this song. It struck me that my supporters on Patreon (aka the BS Song Club) might enjoy a studio demo of it, and once I started getting feedback from them, I decided to release it. I haven't officially released any recordings to anyone but the BS Song Club in over six years, so this feels both momentous and anticlimactic, but I decided none of that matters. All I hope is that you enjoy it and that Paul Simon's beautiful classic brings you the solace it brought me.


American Tune, by Paul Simon

Many's the time I've been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and often felt forsaken
And certainly misused

But I'm all right, I'm all right
I'm just weary to my bones
Still, you don't expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home

And I don't know a soul who's not been battered
I don't have a friend who feels at ease
I don't know a dream that's not been shattered
or driven to its knees

But it's all right, it's all right
We've lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the road
we're traveling on
I wonder what went wrong
I can't help it, I wonder what went wrong

And I dreamed I was dying
And I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me
Smiled reassuringly

And I dreamed I was flying
And high up above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea

And I dreamed I was flying

We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age's most uncertain hour
and sing an American tune

But it's all right, it's all right
You can't be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow's going to be another working day
And I'm trying to get some rest
That's all I'm trying to get some rest


released November 8, 2020
Song by Paul Simon. Recorded by BettySoo, performed by BettySoo.


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