This Used To Be A Country by John Flynn

This used to be a country where we cared for one another
Tried to see a weary stranger as a sister or a brother
And the strongest shouldered up the load the for those who weren’t as strong
We thought they’d never turn their backs on this but we were wrong

This used to be a land where the bigotry would hug the shadows
And hide its guise in bed sheets and would always lose the battles
When it reared its spittle spewing face of twisted hate
We weren’t always good here but our dreams could make us great

Now their bitter laughter seems to tell another story
In which the aggrieved relieved themselves upon Old Glory
And a vengeful liar raises up a fisted glove
This used to be a country that I loved

And I still do though I'm grieving
I ain't quitting I ain't leaving
Won’t back up, won’t back down
From the fight this I vow

I will sing I will shout
I will call hatred out
And when push comes to shove
I’ll stand up for love

This was a shining city now the bulldozers are here
And in faces all the colors of the rainbow you see fear
While the anger in God’s eye is softened only by a tear
That falls like a star from the sky

Say with me if you’re grieving
I ain't quitting I ain't leaving
Wont back up, won’t back down
From now on this I vow

I will sing I will shout
I will call hatred out
And when push comes to shove
I will stand up for love

This used to be a country
We could be proud of my friends
And I swear to God that it will be again
I pray to God that it will be again

(c) 2016 Flying Stone Music

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