Only In America
Jay & The Americans Lyrics


Only in America
Can a guy from anywhere
Go to sleep a pauper and wake up a millionaire

Only in America
Can a kid without a cent
Get a break and maybe grow up to be President

Only in America
Land of opportunity, yeah
Would a classy girl like you fall for a poor boy like me

Only in America
Can a kid who's washin' cars
Take a giant step and reach right up and touch the stars

Only in America
Could a dream like this come true
Could a guy like me start with nothing and end up with you

Only in America
Land of opportunity, yeah
Would a classy girl like you fall for a poor boy like me

Only in America (poor boy like me)
Only in America (only in America)
Only in America (only in America)
Only in America (only in America)
Only in America (only in America)
Only in America

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Written by: Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

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BB/VA

The words were somewhat different initially, when performed by an African American group.

“Written by the brilliant Brill Building songwriting teams of Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller (‘Hound Dog‘, 1953; ‘Stand By Me’, 1961; ‘On Broadway‘, 1963) and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (‘On Broadway’, 1963; ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” 1964; ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place‘, 1965; ‘Never Gonna Let You Go‘, 1982), ‘Only in America’ was first written for and recorded by The Drifters.

“It was written at a time before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had become the law of the land, and the original lyrics when first submitted reflected the racism that existed at the time in the US:

‘Only in America, land of opportunity, can they save a seat in the back of the bus just for me / Only in America, Where they preach the Golden Rule, will they start to march when my kids go to school.’

“Atlantic Records had a problem with the original lyrics, so the songwriters rewrote them to be a satiric message about ‘patriotism’. The Drifters recorded the song with these new ‘patriotic’ lyrics, but the group refused to allow its release because they did not believe that message.

“Songwriters Mann and Weil were also upset with the changes to the song. Afterward, they began taking more control over how their songs were recorded, with Mann taking on additional studio production duties.

One of the few real protest songs written by Mann and Weil.



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Only in America
Can a guy from anywhere
Go to sleep a pauper and wake up a millionaire

Only in America
Can a kid without a cent
Get a break and maybe grow up to be President

Only in America
Land of opportunity, yeah
Would a classy girl like you fall for a poor boy like me

Only in America
Can a kid who's washin' cars
Take a giant step and reach right up and touch the stars

Only in America
Could a dream like this come true
Could a guy like me start with nothing and end up with you

Only in America
Land of opportunity, yeah
Would a classy girl like you fall for a poor boy like me

Only in America (poor boy like me)
Only in America (only in America)
Only in America (only in America)
Only in America (only in America)
Only in America (only in America)
Only in America



All comments from YouTube:

Robert Tobiasen

R.I.P. Jay. Your music & voice will live on!

jsbach15

Awesome song. Jay Black's voice is one of the greatest in American pop music! 10+ stars!

david wood

Excellent song, show's how far the wheels have fallen off country.

patrick ryan

Right!

patrick ryan

R.I.P., Jay (October, 2021). Loved so many of your songs. What a voice!

Honest Dave

THIS should become our national anthem. It more correctly represents the spirit of America.

mr hamburger

America is no longer the land of opportunity that went away starting in the 1970s

BrandonFlorida

@Rtsjunk What? History abounds with such incidents. What about the French colonization of Algeria in the 19t century? As for the slave trade, it was imported to America because it was already standard in England.

BrandonFlorida

@Elder74 As opposed to all the other countries of the world which have such peaceful ancient histories, or even the native Americans themselves who routinely slaughtered each other.

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Diane Hill

Rest in Peace, Jay Black. Thanks for all the great music!

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