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American Nights

The Night Game

American Nights Lyrics

He was 18 and wasted
Bedroom in the basement
Parents' house Tucson, Arizona
What do you expect from a high school diploma?
Working hours in the shoe store
Selling dimes out the backdoor
And he puts on his prom crown, says to his mama "I'm the king of this town"

Won't you take me out?
I hear the midnight streets are calling
You can hold me down
But like a bird I'm just free falling

Here's to these american nights
We're having the time of our lives
Living, dreaming, feeling, never sleeping till we see the morning light, on these american nights

Neighborhood kid just back from the desert
Tattoo and a discharge letter
VA in the St. John's, 6 times a week
He still sleeps with his boots on
She skipped track up to Brooklyn, with a dream and some dark skin
Graveyard at the Rhino, "this is the place where the stars shine, you know"

Won't you take me out?
I hear the midnight streets are calling
You can hold me down
But like a bird I'm just free falling

Here's to these american nights
We're having the time of our lives
Living, dreaming, feeling, never sleeping till we see the morning light, on these american nights

Sky's black in November
Nothing good lasts forever
Twelve gauge heart in a machine gun town
Whole life running, you can't stop now

Here's to these american nights
We're having the time of our lives
Living on a feeling, I got a feeling that it's gonna be alright
On these american nights

On these american nights

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About “American Nights”

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Lead singer and songwriter Martin Johnson in an interview with Billboard, in which he explained the inspiration and meanings behind every song on the debut album, said of the song ”I grew up in America courtesy of FM radio — my best friends were Tommy and Tina, Jack and Diane, Jimmy and Jody and Wendy from “Born to Run.” “American Nights” originally started out as a party anthem, but I realized I was leaving a lot of people out. It’s a bittersweet time to be American. surely unclear what “The American Dream” means these days. Maybe it was always unclear. Maybe this is still a party anthem, but this time it includes the morning after.”