Warning!! There’s a political commentary on the tracks ahead! All Aboard!!
Please just give it a read, and a lot of thought.
Have an American kind of day,
A Southbound Train
When I climbed aboard that southbound train
I was headin’ back, to America’s roots
I was wearin’ jeans and a flannel shirt
and I’d traded my shoes for boots.
‘Cause down-home country livin’
is how it’s supposed to be.
Where a truck and a gun and a good ol’ dog
tells a man he’s livin’ free.
No, I don’t need no politicians
to tell me how I should act
I was born and raised in America
and I love her, and that’s a fact.
I served her in my youthful prime
and swore to protect the rights,
provided us all by our Maker,
and protected by those who’d fight.
Yeah, but America is changin’ now
and not one bit for good
we send the weak to Washington
where the strong, once proudly stood.
Yes, men of moral courage
and defenders of the common cause
led us through uncertain times
and they did so, without pause.
So I’m ridin’ on that southbound train
lookin’ for the USA
no, not the one I’m seein’ now
but, the one from yesterday.
Where a person is free to live their life
in a manner suited just to them
and they are free to worship
and not afraid to shout “Amen”!
So, that is why I’m on this train
headin’ south til I cross the line,
that takes me back to an America
where liberty’s light still shines.
Where I’m gonna find my independence,
gonna get me a huntin’ pup,
and I’m gonna have a rifle racked
in the window of my pickup truck.
Yeah, that’s why I climbed aboard this train
I’m lookin’ for America’s past
where freedom still lives in every heart
and will, til we’ve breathed our last.
So many have died to keep us free
and to save our blessed rights,
and we owe it to them who’ve gone before
not to give up without a fight.
So now, “We the People of the United States”
must once again take a stand,
against the wave of tyranny
that’s spreadin’ out across our land.
But, we must shout with a single voice
“We will not be ignored!”
There is freedom on this southbound train,
and we need you, “All Aboard”!
Yes, the southbound train is just a metaphor
for a return to simpler times,
and while there are no rails or trestles
there are surely, warning signs.
But, elections are what drive this engine
and we the people are the engineers,
the Constitution provides for freedom’s fuel
and we can’t let them make it disappear.
It is not just a piece of parchment
to be trifled with on a whim,
it’s the formula for Democracy
and without it, our future’s grim.
Don’t let them tear our nation down
the greedy, and the vain,
join me now you patriots
and get on board the southbound train!
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