Press Release, Comments, and Lyrics

For Immediate Release
October 30, 2018 Boyne City, Michigan

Boyne City songwriter and recording artist Daniel Donovan Farrow has released a new song “My Country.” The lyrics offer a commentary on the state of American politics, and urges people to vote. The music video, posted on Facebook and on YouTube, incorporates images that range from patriotic themes to encounters at rallies and demonstrations. The problems of racism, incivility, wealth disparity, stagnant wages, healthcare, and the rise of white supremacists are referenced; the 4-minute video ends with an instrumental “America the Beautiful” against a backdrop of images that reflect America’s core values of diversity and inclusion.

Here’s the YouTube link to “My Country” by Daniel Donovan Farrow:

https://youtu.be/ZRsur8-Xbds

Additional Comments:

This is a love song to someone who has gone away, but might someday return. Longing and loss are classic themes in country music. In this case, that ‘someone’ is the country in which I was born: the United States of America. I’m more than 60 years old, and I remember how it was, and why it was. I miss that country. I can win her back – and so can you. All we have to do is vote.

I wrote the lyrics and posted them on Facebook awhile back, and it’s taken me this long to write, arrange, and record the music in my tiny studio at World Headquarters. I played all the parts (2 pianos, 2 guitars, bass, keyboard strings). I’m an independent recording artist and I appreciate any support available, and opportunities to appear in live performance. The piano intro and coda “America the Beatiful” Lyrics by Katherine Lee Bates, music by Samual A. Ward Public Domain

“My Country” (C) 2018 Lyrics and Music by Daniel Donovan Farrow BMI All Rights Reserved Images in the video are from Pixabay and news sources. No copyright infringement is intended.

Lyrics

I was born in a country that stood up strong and tall
I was born in a country that had answered the call
I was born in a country that sometimes drops the ball
I was born in a country, in the country y’all

But this ain’t my country
We forgot the Golden Rule
This ain’t my country
They’re playin’ us for fools
I miss my country
And I’m wishin’ she’d come back
I loved that country… I really loved my country

I grew up in a country that knew freedom wasn’t free
I grew up in a country where we could disagree
I grew up in a country that I see imperfectly
I grew up in a country that was good to you and me

But this ain’t my country
They split us right in two
This ain’t my country
They’re using us like tools
I miss my country
And I’m hopin’ she comes back
I loved that country… I really loved my country

I worked in a country, you hit it hard and you could thrive
Now I’m livin’ in a country where we barely survive
I’m gettin’ old in a country, you get sick and you take a dive
Hope I die in this country before they bury me alive

Did you think we’d stay seated while you tear our country down?
Did you think we’d stand for you shootin’ people down?
Did you think you’d get away with pushin’ us around?
Let me tell you, brother, we’re gonna turn this ship around, because…

I miss my country
And I’m going to win her back
God blessed our country
She’s been under attack
I loved that country… I really loved my country
It’s time to make a change
I need my country
It’s time to rearrange
God help our country
It’s really gotten strange
I loved that country… and I still love my country

“My Country”
Lyrics by Daniel Donovan Farrow BMI 09/11/18 (C) All Rights Reserved