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​New American Language

This song is by Dan Bern and appears on the album New American Language (2001).

Original video
She said, "Love, love, love is everything."
I said, "Ok, I guess, whatever."
She said, "What does that mean?"
I said, "Nothin. It's just good to have a backup plan."

She said, "I guess that means you don't got love."
I said, "Maybe I love everyone."
She said, "That's the same as lovin no one."
I said, "Ok, I guess, whatever."

And I have a dream of a New American Language
One with a little bit more Spanish
I have a dream of a new pop music
That tells the truth, with a good beat and some nice harmonies
I have a dream
I have a dream

Tourist towns are a drag sometimes
But in non-tourist towns you can get beat up
Just for lookin a little different
I guess the thing to do is just stay at home

Yeah, but sometimes I think the thing to do
Would be to get a place way out in Missouri
Put down as many months rent as you can part with
Tell everybody else you went to France

I said, "Remember that conversation we had about love?"
I said, "Well, I think that you were right."
She said, "I don't remember sayin nothin about love.
It must have been a fantasy of the moment."
I have a dream
I have a dream

I dream of joining the Mafia
And whether people like me is unimportant
I dream of your clock radio
Waking you up with my songs

I have a dream of a New American Language
I dream of new beginnings
I dream of saturation bombing
I dream mostly about love

I have a dream
I have a dream
I have a dream
I have a dream

Written by:

Dan Bern / Lisa Donnelly