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day 4

Welcome back! Today, we’re featuring JSB’s “can’t we all get along” song, find out what inspired Joe to write it, and learn some of the reject lyrics. Today’s feature song is track #4:

american freeborn kids

(BTW, If you missed previous days, don’t worry, just click the day you’ve missed to catch up: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3)

you might like wine & eatin’ sushi,
beyonce wigglin’ her big ol’ tooshie”

Official Music Video

lyrics

I’m just normal everyday people, here’s my church and here’s my steeple
And if you open your hands you’ll see all the good folks inside
I know the law & I know the Bible, I’ve got friends and I’ve got rivals
And I’m no stranger to a damn good time

I love Jennings & I like Church, Lynyrd, Creedence & Dierks
A beer, a milkshake, a girl on a Friday night
I love dogs, & I like cats, taking long afternoon naps
And dreaming of a day when my name’s in marquis lights

This song’s about me, this song’s about you
This song’s about open hearts, open minds, & drinkin’ a beer or two
I like what I like, and so do you
And it’s okay if that’s not the same,
If you like sun & I like rain
Cause we’re American free born kids red, white & blue

You might like wine & eatin’ sushi, Beyonce wigglin’ her big old tooshie
I like huntin’ & fishin’ & meat that’s cooked enough
You might be Army, I might be Navy, I like it dry & you like gravy
It’s the space between that’s what makes this nation tough

This song’s about me, this song’s about you
This song’s about open hearts, open minds, & drinkin’ a beer or two
I like what I like, and so do you
And it’s okay if that’s not the same,
If you're a pleasure and I'm a pain
Cause we’re American free born kids red, white & blue

This song’s about me, this song’s about you
This song’s about open hearts, open minds, & drinkin’ a beer or two
I like what I like, and so do you
And it’s okay if that’s not the same,
If you like whips & I like chains
If I’m Clint Eastwood & you’re John Wayne
If you indulge & I abstain
Cause we’re American free born kids red, white & blue

 

an inspirational game of fetch…

No, we’re not digressing back to Day 2 and the song ‘Fetch Me.’ Watch this short video clip to find out where I was, what I was doing, and how the idea first came into my head when I started writing ‘American Freeborn Kids’…

afbk is a fun, quirky song, but it has a serious side…

 
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Yeah, I like dogs and I like cats…and I’m not necessarily into sushi or Beyonce’s tooshie. But there’s more to this song than the details of my life and how they differ from other folks.

I wrote this during the presidential race of 2016, just a touch before Trump got elected. The nation was in turmoil, and people were just so darned mad at each other. Hated each other. I looked at all this and thought to myself, “Self, there ain’t a side that’s 100% right and there ain’t one that’s 100% wrong, either. Maybe we should all be a little more humble about our own perceptions and beliefs. And maybe we should be more open to other people’s perceptions and beliefs. And maybe, just maybe, if we were all capable of not hating each other over our differences, we’d find strength in our diversity instead of discord.”

Heck, that’s what this nation was built on - people coming together from all over the world, different backgrounds, philosophies, religions, etc, and banding together against tyranny. Banding together against the kinds of folks who said “My way or the highway.” We made our own way, and we did it together. As a melting pot of different beliefs, systems, perceptions and peoples.

Diversity is not weakness. It is a STRENGTH. And that’s what this song is about. But I have to admit, I didn’t always think this way…

“I like huntin’ & fishin & meat that’s cooked enough”…

 
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I grew up with very strong opinions. And I wasn’t afriad to express them, argue them, and get angry about them. I still remember an argument I had with a friend in college about some Christian dogma. Funny thing is, I can’t even remember what we were arguing about. I simply remember how stubborn I was, how angry I got, and how strained the relationship became.

Another issue that fired me up to all hell was hunting versus animal rights. I had all kinds of arguments, statistics, blah blah blah (I’ve often said how glad I am that social media was not as prevalent back then…I’d have made a real ass out of myself). And I would have no trouble alienating someone who believed differently than me. Now, don’t get me wrong - I still hunt on occasion, I still eat meat, etc. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve softened quite a bit. My perceptions and sensibilities have changed. I no longer get a thrill out of killing anything, and I can understand the logic and emotions of those folks against hunting.

I’m not trying to advocate being wishy-washy. I do believe there are firm rights and wrongs. All I am saying is that rarely are things purely black and white. There’s lots of gray in this world, and we could stand to learn a lot from people who think differently. Even if we can’t be totally convinced by their beliefs, I do believe we can learn to remain on the same team. The lyrics in ‘American Freeborn Kids’ is geared towards those of us here in the US, but that team might be our family, community, state, or humanity as a whole, depending on the topic.

Speaking of AFBK lyrics…

some of them didn’t make the cut…

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Ya know the ends of the chorus’ where I contrast you and me with lines like “You like sun, and I like rain” or “I’m Clint Eastwood, and you’re John Wayne”? Well I did a bunch of brainstorming on those. Here are some of my favorite reject lines:

  • If I got guts, and you got brains

  • If you wanna go, and I wanna stay

  • If you have fun, and I’m kinda lame

  • If you like pleasure, and I like pain

  • If I like grass, and you like cocaine

  • If you’re a success, and I’m down the drain

  • If you took a car, and I took the train

  • If you’re California, and I’m from Maine

  • If I’m malt liquor, and you’re champaign

  • If your a genius, and I’m insane

  • If I’m charcoal, and you’re propane

free song giveaway time!

For a Free, high quality WAV file download of the song, American Freeborn Kids, just hit the Add to Cart button and use the discount code DAMNGOODTIME at check out.

today you saw the heart behind afbk
(& all the reject lyrics)…

tomorrow you’ll glimpse into my broken heart…

day 6, you’re gonna find out how it all goes down…

..and who’s left standing when it does.

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ps: get in the american spirit with a red, white & blue tank top! too cold out now? ok, we got hoodies too :)

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SONG CREDITS
Vocals & Guitar: Joe Stamm
Guitar, Keys & BG Vocals: Dave Glover
Guitar: Danny Greuter
Bass & BG Vocals: Jon Byler Dann
Drums & Harmonica: Bruce Moser
Written by Joe Stamm
Recorded & Produced by Dave Glover, Mr. Wonderful Studios, Pekin, IL
Mastered by Randy Leroy, Tonal Park, Washington DC
Video by Troy Phillips & Mike Dwyer, LMV Productions, Peoria, IL

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