Song Lyric Sunday – July 5th 2020 – Make America Great Again


Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives everyone the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs.

To find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, click here.

This week I’m featuring Frank Turner, an English punk and folk singer-songwriter from Hampshire. Incidentally, he was born in Bahrain where I served two tours in 1967/68 and 1971. Wow, that was a good while ago!

Frank can be quite political in his performances and this song is no exception. I hope you enjoy at least one of the choices I’m offering. The song is “Make America Great Again“, released in May 2018.  It  has been described as a “riposte to the invective of Trump” and sees Turner offer some tips on how the President could improve the US: by “making racists ashamed again” and making “compassion in fashion again”.

The first is the Official video of the release

Next is a performance at Paper Tiger, San Antonio, Tx

and in Mexico City

and, finally an explanation of his thinking behind the writing of the song, complete with a political statement.

Make America Great Again

Well I know I’m just an ignorant Englishman
But I’d like to make America great again
So if you’ll forgive my accent and the cheek of it
Here’s some suggestions from the special relationship

Let’s make America great again
By making racists ashamed again
Let’s make compassion in fashion again
Let’s make America great again

Well I’ve been fortunate to go ’round the continent
From California through the midwest and Providence
And I’ve mostly only encountered common sense
Hospitality and warmth from Americans
But I wish it was a bit less significant
The program and the name of the President
Because it seems to me the truth is self-evident
You fought our king to be independent

Make America great again
By making racists ashamed again
Let’s make compassion in fashion again
Let’s make America great again

Ellis Island take me in
Everyone can start again
In the shining city on the hill
Where nobody can be illegal

Let’s make America great again
By making racists ashamed again
Let’s make compassion in fashion again
Let’s make America great again

Let’s be a friend to our oldest friends
And call them out when they’re faltering
Remind them of their best selves and then
We’ll make America great again

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Frank Turner

Make America Great Again lyrics © BMG Rights Management

39 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – July 5th 2020 – Make America Great Again

    1. There is something fundamentally wrong with politics in most countries now, and it seems to be getting worse. I don’t have any answers at all and that concerns me. It also concerns me that I have got to the stage of accepting that I cannot change anything and have become complicit in accepting what is and what will be. “For evil to prosper, all it takes is for good wo/men to do nothing!”

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      1. Peter, I feel exactly the same. I’ve been really down since the whole Brexit debacle. So many people fought so hard, and ‘we won, you lost’ doesn’t excuse a whole range of views, even of those who voted ‘leave’ being trampled on and totally ignored. I’m finding it really hard to get my mojo back, and unfortunately, I’m not alone. Doing nothing is not acceptable. But what?

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  1. America was great before Trump. Now it’s not! The original video was cute with each person’s opinion of what makes America Great. “By making racists ashamed again” is my favorite line. 🙂 Great share!

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  2. This song was very enjoyable Peter, thanks for sharing it. America has a lot of problems and everyday it seems to get worse because of our lack of goof leadership. It was interesting to get a look at what British people think about America, and I think it is good to bring people together.

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  3. Great song! I almost skipped this one. MAGA makes me physically ill, sends my blood pressure sky high, and (frankly) scares the crap out of me. SO glad I decided to give it a listen. LOVE IT! Will be reblogging & sharing it on FB, if that’s ok with you. ❤

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  4. This was a great thing to share. America is not that great right now. It is still an amazing country but Trump Has been slowly deconstructing the administrative state. Trying to dumb-down America and keep everyone stupid. Keep your fingers crossed for us in November and that we vote him OUT 😡

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  5. It’s a good song. Politics in both America and Britain at the moment are a mess. 😞 I’d never really listened to much by Frank Turner until he sang Julie with the Levellers (my favourite song by my favourite band). His political outlook definitely meshes with mine.

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  6. Frank just leaped to my favorites list! Interesting to see how the US is viewed by non-Yanks, especially when they’re not afraid to pull any punches…or write a song! 😀

    I enjoyed all the videos. Frank nails it every time.

    Excellent shares, Peter. 🙂

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