Rock Genius: David Byrne – ‘Miss America’

Hello,

It’s taken me a while to realise that David Byrne is one of my all time favourite lyricists. Case in point? ‘Miss America’ from his 1997 album ‘Feelings’.

Click here (or the picture above) for my breakdown of his lyrics on Rap Genius/ Rock Genius. A better discourse on the complexities of modern America you will not find.

Best,

-Un:seen

‘Miss America’ by David Byrne
I love America, her secret’s safe with me
And I know her wicked ways
The parts you never see

Oh super-girl, you’ll be my super-model
Although you have a reputation
Can I afford to move above my station
I’m not the only heart you’ve conquered

And I love America, but boy can she be cruel
And I know how tall she is
Without her platform shoes

Oh super-girl, you’ll be my super-model
Although at times it might seem awkward
Don’t run away, oh don’t you recognize me
I’m not the only heart you’ve conquered
And I kissed America, when she was fleecing me
She knows I understand that she needs to be free
And I miss America and sometimes she does too
And sometimes I think of her
When she is fucking you

I love America
Yo siempre he confiado en ti
I love America
Por que me tratas asi?

Oh super-girl, you’ll be my super-model
Although your pants are round your ankles
And when you’re down, I’ll be your dirty harry
It will be just like in the movies

Oh super-girl, you’ll be my super-model
Although at times it might seem awkward
Don’t look away, I’ll be your teenage fanclub
I’m not the only heart you’ve conquered

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