The 2nd release from the debut album "The Art of Patience", American Nightmare is about how the "American Dream" was really a fraud all along.
Verse 1 - And first of all I tried, to live the simple life out on the great open divide.
Now go do what you’re told. The goal is to achieve & find success before you’re old.
Get your 4-year degree. Secure a corporate job, married with kids before 30.
That old white picket fence, is now a tent city. The scam is on, the dream’s a lie, it’s the American Nightmare.
Chorus 1 - And all this time I tried to keep my discontent contained. Yea but sometimes silence doesn’t solve a crime. Skills & clarity, are still my strategy.
Verse 2 - At first I tried to wipe, and wash the sins aside, and thought the world had passed me by.
I caved to some degree, I got my numbers right & bought a little property.
The fall came un-announced, and after years of making mortgage payments lost my house.
I ease the pain with weed, but drums are all I need. The bills are paid, the dreams alive, in the American Nightmare.
Chorus 2 - And all this time I tried to vent the anger & the rage, yea but sometimes violence doesn’t solve a thing. Song & parody, are my reality.
Chorus 3 - And all this time I tried to make a living in this hell, yea but sometimes trying doesn’t mean a thing. Friends & family, are my security.
released 21 January 2013
Produced, Music, Lyrics, Vocals, Drums & Percussion by Don Tonic
Guitars by Dan Castillo
Bass by Benny Thomas
Guitar solo by Derek Robbins
Additional vocals & arrangement by Chaz Mason
Mixed & Mastered by Omar Torres for Holografique Studio, Atlanta
Vocals recorded by Joseph Holiday at the Bunny Ranch, Hollywood
Guitars recorded by Dan Castillo & Derek Robbins
Drums recorded by Hector Rivera at No Matter What Studio, L.A.
Published by SonicTonic2012 Publishing (ASCAP)
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