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  1. 1. The American Dream in Music
  2. 2. History • Folk songs • Enthusiastic songs • Change to critical songs
  3. 3. Johnny Cash • Lived the American Dream – Career – Bad sides of the American Dream • American dream in his music – Between criticism and faith (belief in the American Dream)
  4. 4. Johnny Cash: A boy named SueWell, I hit left home when I was threeMy daddy him hard right between the eyes He said: "Now manjust foughtme that awfulfight And kill that you who gave one hell of a name. And he went leave but to my surprise, And he didntdown, much to ma and me And I know you hate me,in mid-July the right Well, it was Gatlinburg and you got He comeold guitar and an empty off a piece of my ear. To kill Ime now,townI and my throat was dry,you do. Just this up with a knife and cut bottle of booze. And just hit and wouldnt blame you if But I busted a chair right across his teeth But ya ought to thank me, before I die, Now, I dont blame him cause he run and hid street And we crashed through the wall and into the For the gravel stop and have the spitain ya eye I thought Id in ya guts and myself brew. But the meanest thing that he ever did At an old saloon on a street of mud, Kicking and a gouging in the mud and the blood and Cause Im the son-of-a-bitch that named you "Sue."the beer. he left, he went and named me "Sue." Was before There at a table, dealing stud, I got all chokedmangy dog that down my gun Sat the dirty, up and I threw named me "Sue." I tell ya, Ive fought tougher menquite a joke Well, he must o thought that is And I called him my pa, and he called me his son, But I really cant remember when, And I came away with a different point of view. And it got like aof laughs from alike aof folk, He kicked a lot mule and he bit lots crocodile. And I think about him, now and then, sweet dad Well, I knew that snake was my own Itheard him laughfight my whole lifehim cuss, I seems I had to and then I heard through. Every time I try and every time my motherd had, From a worn-out picture that I win, He went would giggle and Id get red Some galfor his gun and I pulled mine first, And if II knewhave scar on think Im gonna nameeye. And ever that a son, I his cheek and his evil him He stood there lookin and Idand I sawhead, And some guyd laugh at me bust his him smile. Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name! He was big and bent and gray and old, I tell ya, life aint easy for a boy named "Sue." And I looked at him and my blood ran cold And he said: "Son, this world is rough And if a mans gonna make it, hes gotta be tough And I said: "My name is Sue! How do you do!Well,IIknew I wouldnt be Ithere to help ya along. And grew up quick and grew up mean, Now your gonna die!!" So give ya that and my wits got keen, MyI fist got hard name and I said goodbye I knew youd have to get tough hide my shame. Id roam from town to town to or die AndIits thea vow to the moonto make you strong." But made name that helped and stars That Id search the honky-tonks and bars
  5. 5. Pro American dream songs • Stories of personal success • poor people with tough biographies • America is beautiful • Songs about immigrants
  6. 6. Anti-American dream songs • Drugs and dependency • Complexity of modern life • Naivety of the American dream • Flippancy of the American dream – Success for individuals not for society
  7. 7. Madonna: American lifeDo I have to change my name? Will it get me far? I gottried to stay ahead, I tried to stay on top I a lawyer and a managerWill it get mesome weight? Am I gonna be a star?Should I lose far? An Iagent to play the part, but somehow I forgot tried and a chefShould I lose some weight? Three nannies, anit for and why I wanted more Just what I did assistantIm drinking a Soy latte, And a driver and a jetAm I gonna beshotte,I get a double a star? A trainer and a modern life - Is it for me? This type of butler It goes through my body, And a bodyguard or fivelife - Is it for free? This type of modernIAnd you knowboy, I tried to be a girl tried to be a Im satisfied A gardener and a stylistII tried to be a mess, I tried to be the best drive my Mini Cooper DoDo I have to change my name? Will it get me far? you think Im satisfied?IAnd Im feeling super-dooper I wrote this song guess I did it wrong, Thats why Id Shouldexpress my extreme point gonna be a star? like to I lose some weight? Am I of view Yo they tell Im a trooper Im not Christian and Im not a JewThis typeknow Im satisfied it for me? And you of modern life - Is Im just living out the American dreamThis yoga of modern life - Is it for free? I do type and Pilates American life (American life) And I just realised that nothing And the room is full of hotties Is what it seems I live the American dream (American dream)So IIm checking out the bodies sympathy So went in to a bar, looking for You are the best thing Ive seenA little company - Isatisfied find a friend And you know Im tried to DoYou areto change my name I have not just a dream (American life X2) Im digging on the isotopes Am I gonna be a starIts more easily said, its dope been the same This metaphysics shit is alwaysThis type this can give me hope me And if all of modern life is not for Do I have to change my name be a girl I tried to be a boy, tried toThis knowof modern life is not for free You type Im satisfied tried to be a mess, tried to be the best tried to find a friend, tried to stay aheadAmerican life (American life) I tried to stay on top ...I live the American dream (American dream)You are the best thing Ive seenYou are not just a dream (American life)
  8. 8. The American Dream in Music Any Questions?