Manifest Destiny​/​Editorial

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2016 seanosongs
Written/recorded (Teac 4-track cassette) 1985, Toronto, ON
Remastered July 2020, The Cave, Vancouver, BC
Artwork: "American Progress," John Gast (American) 1872

“That the U.S. are bound finally to absorb all the world and the rest of mankind, every well-regulated American mind is prepared to admit. When the fever is on, our people do not seem to know when and where to stop, but keep on swallowing so long as there is anything in reach. To use a popular Californianism, we ‘go for everything that is in sight.’” (San Francisco Daily, February 3, 1869)

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Land of the free
Home of the brave
All's fair in love and war
With the great Cause
Still to be saved

From the enemy
Within the state
Who infiltrate the ranks
And tarnish our might
With talk of change

Coup d'état to overthrow
What so proudly we hail
Last hurrah
So let it be shown
That our flag was still there
Hail to the Chief

The eagle has landed
We're breathing again
We'd never start a war
But we'd finish 'em just the same

Ah, memories
Of the good ol' days
Rallied 'round the flag, boys
Throwing ticker-tape parades

A mission overseas
The rocket's red glare
A vision, a future I fear
H-bombs bursting in air

Manifest, manifest, manifest, manifest destiny
Manifest, manifest, manifest, manifest destiny
José, can you see?

The catch-22's
The red, white and blues
Sworn to serve the Master
Hide behind the Fifth
If pressed to prove

With splendid
Born-again renegades
Onwards and upwards
"Christian" soldier
Holy roller crusades

Love it or leave it to the Beaver
In our god we trust
One People
One Nation
One Leader
For better or worse
For better or worse.

... And now an editorial from Reverend Senator Karl Teufel, Vice-President of the Devilin' Corporation ...

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from Archives, B​-​Sides & Oddments, released June 8, 2017
Iain McNally: lead guitar

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