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AMERICANA (Words and Music - Robert Childs)

There's our children gaggling at the corner
Faces fixed, their futures glow so bright
Clutching spray cans, pens and permanent markers
You might ask them what their game is
Colouring in a picture of the stars and stripes

Graffiti vandals tag upon our heritage
Their symbols meaningless, their idiotic verbiage
Splashed along the roads, slashed across the landscape
Is it any wonder from the culture they ape?

Americana/A double burger with a sesame bun
Americana/Apple pie, a coke and fries, guaranteed in 30 seconds
Americana/Take away or stay if you can find a seat
From Disneyland to Rundle Street

The tawdry giveaways, inanities and crass cliches
The gaudy colours that they flash in arrogant display
The scrawled absurdities around the car park
Who can wipe the stain of that indelible mark?


What's the legacy we leave our children?
What's the future we bequeath to them?
How will history judge our unique story?
Will it be a splendid vision which
Some clown's defaced with a yellow M?

I watched the service televised on National 9
Embalmed in styrofoam, cremated on prime time
Our identity wrapped in bread
And the epitaph on the neon tombstone read:

Niagara Falls to Rundle Street
From Oklahoma to Rundle Street
From Central Park to Rundle Street
From Hollywood Hilton to Rundle Street
From Disneyworld to Rundle Street


from Revenge, released April 20, 1994
Robert Childs - vocals; guitar
George Will - bass
Ren Forsaith - drums
Adrian Miller - keyboard
Sean Mangan - vocal
Ben Ford-Davies - electric guitar

Engineer - Geoff Prideaux
Recorded at The Sound Workshop, Adelaide Festival Centre, South Australia.
Mastered by Neville Clark at Disk-Edits.



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Robert Childs wrote his first song when he was about 10, continued writing and made a couple of demo albums before he founded SCALA (Songwriters, Composers And Lyricists Association) in 1987. He released his debut album Revenge (with the Robert Childs Elastic Band) in 1994. He was awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) for his services to music in 2004. ... more

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