The American Dream
Screeching Weasel Lyrics


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oh say can you see the star spangled banner flying can you see everyone holding hands and brightly smiling well i see rioting and i see bodies in the streets in the future of the american dream i can see the american dream




Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Screeching Weasel's song "The American Dream" are a commentary on the disillusionment of the American Dream. The opening line references the national anthem, "Oh say can you see the star spangled banner flying", which is often seen as a symbol of freedom and patriotism. However, the following line "can you see everyone holding hands and brightly smiling" presents a hypothetical utopian vision of America that is not reflective of the current reality. The singer then contrasts this with what they actually see, "rioting and bodies in the streets", pointing to the harsh truth that the American Dream has not been fulfilled for all.


The final line of the chorus, "in the future of the American Dream I can see the American Dream", is a paradoxical statement that suggests that the American Dream will always remain a dream and never become a reality. The song as a whole is a scathing critique of American society and the American Dream, calling into question the values and ideals that have become so intertwined with American identity.


Line by Line Meaning

oh say can you see the star spangled banner flying
Oh, do you perceive the flag of the United States waving?


can you see everyone holding hands and brightly smiling
Do you see the vision of people unitedly holding hands and radiantly smiling?


well i see rioting and i see bodies in the streets
However, I visualize violent protests and dead bodies strewn in the streets.


in the future of the american dream
Regarding the future of the American Dream


i can see the american dream
I perceive the American Dream




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