Sunday, November 07, 2004

Okay, as far as the election goes, we've all got some grieving to go through, and the five stages of death all apply, from anger and denial on down, even if acceptance is still some time away.

But in case you thought I was serious about the Canadian immigration info on the post below, forget about it. I'm here to fight for my country.

I'll have more to say about that in the coming weeks, but for today my feelings are best expressed in the lyrics to a song:

I Am A Patriot
By Steven Van Zandt

And the river opens for the righteous...
And the river opens for the righteous...
And the river opens for the righteous, someday

I was walking with my brother
And he wondered what was on my mind
I said what I believe in my soul
It ain't what I see with my eyes
And we can't turn our backs this time

I am a patriot and I love my country
Because my country is all I know
I want to be with my family
With people who understand me
I got nowhere else to go
I am a patriot

And the river opens for the righteous, someday

I was talking with my sister
She looked so fine
I said baby what's on your mind
She said I want to run like the lion
Released from the cages
Released from the rages
Burning in my heart tonight

I am a patriot and I love my country
Because my country is all I know

And I ain't no communist
And I ain't no capitalist
And I ain't no socialist
And I sure ain't no imperialist
And I ain't no democrat
And I ain't no republican either
And I only know one party
And its name is freedom
I am a patriot

And the river opens for the righteous...
And the river opens for the righteous...
And the river opens for the righteous, someday

(c) Steven Van Zandt, Blue Midnight Music, 1983

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