Song Lyrics - Arizona

America died today
I saw her in the face of a little girl
A girl who dared to dream
Yes... America died today

America died last summer
I saw her inside a burning book
A book that dared to be different
Yes... America died last summer

Who killed America?
Was it you or me?
Was it someone who didn't believe?
That we're supposed to be free?
Instead they pointed a gun
And killed because of what they believe

America died at the cemetery
I saw her mocked as her family mourned
A cemetery that dared to honor a hero
Yes... America died at the cemetery

Who killed America?
Was it you or me?
Was it someone who won't believe?
That we're supposed to be free?
Instead they pointed a gun
And killed because of what they believe

What happened to one man's dream?
Of a nation that wanted to be free?
Of a land that saw no color
And allowed each of us to discover
That the hope one man's dream
Would live on in the hearts of one another

America died today
And I weep for a little girl
Her dream was taken away
Yes... America died today

Who killed America?
Was it you or me?
Was it someone who won't believe?
That we're supposed to be free?
Instead they pointed a gun
And killed because of what they believe



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Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

I wept with you.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Erin - I have a little girl too....


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

America died a while back. We're experiencing the aftershocks. We really need a rebirth. God bless!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Micky - you're right man... maybe you need to take on the "after shock" idea for a poem....


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b. Malin 6 years ago

We are all still in shock here...you have written a beautiful piece...but the question still remains...why...this young man's parents also must be suffering...and wondering why.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@b. Malin - everyone is in shock... I'm sure his parents are suffering greatly. why? It's so hard to know.... he's just sick....


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HSchneider 6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Not much more for me to say but Bravo. You stated in your poem perfectly how most of us feel. Thank you.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@HS Schneider - thank you... it affected me greatly...


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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

Your poetry is beautiful and we all wonder why? He was known to be mentally unstable,yet was able to purchase a gun,don't misunderstand,i believe that all should have the right to own a gun,but somehow it must be monitored to keep people like him from having a weapon.

Cheers


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@always - thank you... as I've said this is one of those things you wished you didn't feel compelled to write. And I agree with you that some sort of regulation would seem to be in order but I don't know the facts on this one. If someone wants a gun bad enough they'll get it...


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Thank you for putting your feelings down when you felt the need to do so. We all need to do so more often.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Pamela - I always write when I feel things... it's part of my life now... I never ignore inspiration.... thank you...


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resspenser 6 years ago from South Carolina

Excellent hub. I wish you hadn't had to write it.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@resspenser - thank you and I agree... I too wish I wasn't compelled to write this piece but it seems an atrocity happens everyday... to all people... to all races...


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

I'm not as shocked as I used to be . . . and that's sad because I've now become jaded. My heart breaks for all the victims, their families and friends of this horrendous act.

We are all to blame, some for not doing enough, not speaking out, lousy mental healthcare, our weapons issue, bully political rhetoric we should all hang our collective heads in national shame.

Sadly lovely this poem, voted up, marked awesome and beautiful.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@pmccray - thank you for commenting. As I said earlier I'm sorry I had to write this thing... whenever children are killed, hurt or abused I take it hard....

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