American Heart

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My blood flows like the Detroit River
And my veins are the highway systems
And all the cars that populate them
They’re all the stolen medication.

There’s something in my eye
There’s something deep down in the water
Like some terrible, prophetic crime
You know he’ll never do time.

Everyone in Michigan’s a sinner
And they’re having heart attacks for dinner
A discount in the microwave
Gas guzzlin’ superstore slaves.

Hang yourself with the shackles of boredom
You weak chaos children
Will you do the Citizen Dance for me because

I’ve got an American Spirit,
I’ve got an American heart
Will you do the Citizen Dance for me?
You do the Citizen Dance right now.


from Citizen Dance, released August 4, 2016


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The American Automobile Detroit, Michigan

The American Automobile came out of small town isolation. Quiet depression and substance abuse and long drives and light pollution. Truck stops and Laundromats and grocery stores and gas stations. Squatting in abandoned grocery store. Came out of long talks on back porches and basement jam sessions. Learning from friends, breaking up, healing. ... more

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