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When They Say "We Want Our America Back", What The F#@k Do They Mean? (Audio)

Posted: 11/16/11 12:19 PM ET

I wrote this song at the Netroots shindig for The Freedom From Fear Awards -- "a new national award that honors 15 ordinary people who have committed extraordinary acts of courage on behalf of immigrants and refugees -- individuals who have taken a risk, set an example, and inspired others to awareness or action. The award honors unsung heroes who are not professional advocates."

In deciding what to write, I thought I would include an anti-immigrant history with the still befuddling question I have for the Tea Party folk.

You can listen to the song here, and the lyrics follow.

When They Say "We Want Our America Back", What The F#@k Do They Mean?

When they say, "we want our America back",
Our America back, our America back." 
When they say, " we want our America back"
Well, what the... f%#k do they mean?
 
Remember the garden of Eden?
Before eve hung out with that snake?
You could walk down the streets not worry bout thieves
All the kids could go trick or treating. 
Then those foreigners started coming in
Like the Germans in 1790
Then the Irish arrived, the potato blight
The neighborhood started changing

Life was better, we lived right,
Life had a paler shade of white, when they sing
"We want our America Back"
 
Before there was Ellis island
And that statue we got from the French
That whore's still alerting, with strangers she's flirting
Inviting them into our beds
The guineas, the coolies, the wetbacks, the reds
The Jews, now those terrorists
And who let in the woman who looks after my kid
And the one who is cleaning my mess?

Before the gays had their agenda, before the slaves were free
Before that man from Kenya took the presidency

Life was so righteous, life was so clean.
Send em all back including me
When they say, "we want our America back",
Our America back, our America back." 
When they say, " we want our America back"

Well, what the...f%#k do they mean?

Before the gays had their agenda, before the slaves were free
Before that man from Kenya took the presidency