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This is a song written about a generation of men who were born in America from their immigrant parents in the era between 1890 and 1930. It is said to be the gilded age of America. It was written for a Patriotic movie.
HE WAS AMERICAN
Written by: Anthony “Tone” Pfeifer
As a child I was amazed how he went to work each day,
Bruised his knuckles, burnt his face, just to make a living wage.
Raised a family, taught my momma how to live and how to pray.
And, My Grandpa, he was proud to be American.
It was on my 14th birthday when it was first revealed.
That little flag under a flap of a shirt he gave to me.
He had served in the Army, he had gone and paid his dues.
Just to make a better country, for folks like me and you.
My Grandpa, He Was American.
Son of an Immigrant, born to the Gilded Age.
From his hat down to his boots, Proud of his blue collar roots.
My Grandpa, He was proud to be American.
My Grandpa played guitar while eating Grandma’s apple pie.
Told a joke, drank a beer and then he’d laugh until he cried.
Went to church every Sunday thanking God that he lived free.
He’d say, “most folks didn’t have it quite as good as ma and me.”
One day he sat quiet, he just didn’t say a word.
As the news came on the tv, he teared up at what he’d heard.
Someone had gone before him, an old friend from the past.
Yes, they had served together, we flew the flag half mast.
Chorus: and out.........
(c) 2020 Anthony “Tone” Pfeifer
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released September 12, 2020
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals: tone