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#1004070 - 04/18/13 12:34 PM My Son, We Are American  
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My Son, We Are American
By Jacqueline Richter
All rights reserved. Copyrighted 2013.

I turn on news and see so many people hurt I have to look away
I don't have all the answers, but I can say...

Anytime they use violence
to turn us upside down
We'll get up and fight back
We won't lie down

We will always salute the
Red, white, and blue
and out number those
bad guys 9,000 to two

We are American
Our country's spirit
won't be broken
God Blessed the USA
Our destiny has
already been spoken
Stand tall and be proud
My son, We are American

A lot of tender Blood,
sweat, and tears were
shed for our homeland
to grow big and strong

Our stand up way of life
will always carry on
Whether they think
it's right or wrong

We are American
Our country's spirit
won't be broken
God Blessed the USA
Our destiny has
already been spoken
Stand tall be proud
My son, We are American

That's why I carry my badge and gun to keep us safe.... let's pray for all the heroes and the innocent who've been lost along the way...

We are American
Our country's spirit
won't be broken
God Blessed the USA
Our destiny has
already been spoken
Stand tall be Proud
My son, We are American...

https://www.reverbnation.com/jacquelinerichter/songs

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#1004292 - 04/20/13 12:37 PM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: Jackie444]  
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Very good and I would recommend it be recorded in time for Fourth of July if you can get it arranged that soon. If not, at least in time for next September 11. I'm sure this was inspired by the bombings at the Boston Marathon. And, in real life is the father of your child a police officer? Just curious on this one, as I know one can put anything into a song. My mother taught me this when I was just a cry.

Peace,
Brian

#1004365 - 04/20/13 09:40 PM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: beechnut79]  
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Originally Posted by beechnut79
Very good and I would recommend it be recorded in time for Fourth of July if you can get it arranged that soon. If not, at least in time for next September 11. I'm sure this was inspired by the bombings at the Boston Marathon. And, in real life is the father of your child a police officer? Just curious on this one, as I know one can put anything into a song. My mother taught me this when I was just a cry.

Peace,
Brian


Hi Brian,
Yes, this one was for Boston. And yes my son's father is a police officer in South Florida. I will try to get this one out by the 4th if possible. I will need to find some collaborators. Thanks you so much for your feedback, Jackie


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#1004434 - 04/21/13 02:31 PM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: Jackie444]  
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Maybe, if I get one million likes on Facebook, I can get Sara Evans to sing this one...lol

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#1004668 - 04/23/13 11:07 AM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: Jackie444]  
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Anyone have Sara's phone number.... : )

I think that I am a pretty good judge at picking the right artist for a song and she would be sooo perfect for this one...


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#1004678 - 04/23/13 01:25 PM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: Jackie444]  
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Hey Jackie, superbly patriotic song here filled with pride and a powerful message. Nicely Done~~Matt

#1004715 - 04/23/13 04:30 PM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: Jackie444]  
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Jackie--

Spot on GIRL--Lot's of us feel the same way--IF YOU DON'T LOVE IT, LEAVE IT!

Write on--

Mackie

#1004726 - 04/23/13 08:02 PM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: Mackie H.]  
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Nice work Jackie

An alternative for V2 that may work a bit better

We will always salute the
Red, white, and blue
and take out the
bad guys 'ts what patriots do

it sets up the chorus, and underscores what this is all about..


This verse is too arrogant IMO. Either drop it, or re write it

Our stand up way of life
will always carry on
Whether they think
it's right or wrong


This alternative may lead into your chorus better as well...

.......
to grow big and strong

to stand tall and protect
the land of the free
be brave, be proud
and repeat after me


Good luck chasing Sara smile


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#1004784 - 04/24/13 10:36 AM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: MFB III]  
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Originally Posted by MFB III
Hey Jackie, superbly patriotic song here filled with pride and a powerful message. Nicely Done~~Matt


Hi Matt and Mackie,

Thank you both for the very nice compliments : )

~Jackie

Last edited by Jackie444; 04/24/13 10:37 AM.

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#1009876 - 05/28/13 05:25 PM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: Jackie444]  
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Hi JPF Friends,
We are busy putting this one together. Still looking for pictures of the 9/11 memorial in NY. In anyone has some that we may use, we would be so grateful.
Thanks- Jackie

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Yes! The USA is the greatest country in the history of the world!

#1011546 - 06/10/13 08:32 PM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: Jim Colyer]  
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Any song that talks about how great this land of ours is gets a thumbs up from me. There are way too many self-loathing Americans out there these days. Just discovering this site. By the way, Nashville is a heck of a tune!


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#1011638 - 06/11/13 05:35 PM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: Chris B.]  
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Hi Black Water Music,
Thank you, I am glad that you like. A video/mp3 is in the works thanks to a lot of great talent here on JPF. Hoping to have it finished before July 4th.
-Jackie


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#1011854 - 06/13/13 11:36 AM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: Jackie444]  
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Jackie, You've written a good patriotic song. Once more, it's time to stand up for what we believe.

Jim

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I made a few lyric changes. I think I want to have a man sing it also. What do you think?
I think that it would be more powerful.

~Jackie


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It keeps improving. I stopped watching the news a long time ago. Still, it manages to seek me out.

#1111898 - 07/31/16 01:14 PM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: Jim Colyer]  
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Me too. Thanks Jim : )


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#1130143 - 08/25/17 08:09 PM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: Jackie444]  
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I'm thinking about having this one done again.


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#1130149 - 08/26/17 01:52 PM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: Jackie444]  
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I'm not typical - my love for this country is more "America the Beautiful" than Toby Keith - so you probably shouldn't pay too much attention to me. smile

Too many "patriotic" songs make America come across as the loud drunk who bursts into a bar where everyone is drinking quietly and proceeds to scream about how great he is and nobody had better say otherwise. The fact that nobody was even thinking of saying otherwise is beside the point. You say that this is in reaction to Boston, so it's not actually one of those songs. Someone in the bar deserves what's coming to him. Can you tell us this somehow?

Can you put something into the song that tells us in a moving way why you love the USA so much? There are plenty of reasons to. You hint at some with "stand-up way of life" but there is so much more. Compassion, justice, solidarity, how the crimes of terrorists won't make us turn on each other... When I hear a song like this, I want to feel a tear forming, and abstract concepts like destiny don't do that.

Also, don't you think the badge and gun part could be more central? It's easy to miss the fact that this is about a cop, but, to me at least, that's key.

Don't get me wrong, I think this is a good song and, as I said, I'm not typical, so you would probably be well advised to disregard most or all of what I say. smile

#1130625 - 09/13/17 07:22 PM Re: My Son, We Are American [Re: Jackie444]  
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There are plenty of good things about this land of ours, but in many ways still believe that we can do better, as with healthcare. Should have checked this one out two days ago for the anniversary. Will try and check out your reverb page. Peace.


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