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Jojan
04-28-2006, 12:13 PM
The Offspring often say that they aren't trying to do political song because they arn't really good at it. But I find the song Americana as a very political song. Was it not meant to be one? I don't know.

It's a song that sort of makes fun of "the american dream", especially when Dexter sings the first line "Well Id like to tell you all about my dream". The line "In Americana my way" reflects to me as "That's how it is in (my county) USA". I can see if that line have been changed, USA rimes with way.


Here is my search for this kind of thread but it hasn't really been made; http://www.offspring.com/forums/search.php?searchid=631853

Dmarques
04-28-2006, 12:38 PM
Yeah...why not? A political song, a social song...

SaiKYoU
04-28-2006, 12:58 PM
more a social song, but since social derives from politicl...

I don't know
04-28-2006, 01:04 PM
I think it just criticize the society

Mr. Noodles
04-28-2006, 01:06 PM
I think it just criticize the society
I agree with you. I voted for "Maybe".

offspring_freak_3
04-28-2006, 01:07 PM
I think it just criticize the society
exactly .

Little_Miss_1565
04-28-2006, 01:16 PM
exactly .

....but that's political.

opivy21
04-28-2006, 01:21 PM
....but that's political.
Social commentary is different from political commentary. I personally think that Americana is a very good social commentary.

Little_Miss_1565
04-28-2006, 01:27 PM
Social commentary is different from political commentary. I personally think that Americana is a very good social commentary.

All social issues come back to politics, especially poverty. No one is going to make a song like "HR 4437, it's no fucking heaven, Just vote no, 'Cuz I say so, 1234 1234 whoooo-oh-oh!"

opivy21
04-28-2006, 04:25 PM
All social issues come back to politics, especially poverty. No one is going to make a song like "HR 4437, it's no fucking heaven, Just vote no, 'Cuz I say so, 1234 1234 whoooo-oh-oh!"
Americana talks about the American love for excess and superficiality. I can't find a connection to politics.

Ninty Man
04-28-2006, 07:07 PM
Americana talks about the American love for excess and superficiality. I can't find a connection to politics.


Maybe.. but since I don't live in US, I think it's more a social song, that critics everything of the US way of live (I refuse to soy American)

JohnnyNemesis
04-28-2006, 07:25 PM
Americana talks about the American love for excess and superficiality. I can't find a connection to politics.

That excess and superficiality is a direct result of political moves.

opivy21
04-28-2006, 07:29 PM
That excess and superficiality is a direct result of political moves.
Could you please explain what that means? I'm not trying to start an argument - I just want to hear what you have to say.

JohnnyNemesis
04-28-2006, 07:31 PM
I wouldn't be able to give you an exhaustive list of examples for such a huge subject, but one example is the fact that excess is often promoted and strongly encouraged under capitalism, which is an economic system enacted under politics.

opivy21
04-28-2006, 07:38 PM
Thanks for explaining. I agree with what you're saying, but I still think that the lyrics sway towards being more about social problems because they seem to criticize the consumers as much as the sellers.

JohnnyNemesis
04-29-2006, 12:37 AM
Thanks for explaining. I agree with what you're saying, but I still think that the lyrics sway towards being more about social problems because they seem to criticize the consumers as much as the sellers.

You're welcome. And true indeed, it sways more towards the social than political, but it never isolated social aspects; it always covers the social as influenced by the political. The consumers they criticize are victims of politics.

Little_Miss_1565
04-29-2006, 09:24 AM
Americana talks about the American love for excess and superficiality. I can't find a connection to politics.

Sounds like you're describing the Republicans in power to me.

rlplaymaker
04-30-2006, 07:35 AM
i love americana.....and its more of a social song than a political song. dex goes on and sings about what america is like it his "dream", and then describes america today, all the problems, laziness, things like that.....later on refers to it as a nightmare but even without the cool lyrics, THIS SONG RULES!!!!!!