America

(2001)

"America" is the second section of the fourth song of Jake Heggie's song cycle A Great Hope Fell: Songs From Civil War. Please see song cycle page for further details.

"Sou" is slang for a gold coin.

America
by Maya Angelou


The gold of her promise
has never been mined


Her borders of justice
not clearly defined


Her crops of abundance
the fruit and the grain


Have not fed the hungry
nor eased that deep pain


Her proud declarations
are leaves on the wind


Her southern exposure
black death did befriend


Discover this country
dead centuries cry


Erect noble tablets
where none can decry


"She kills her bright future
and rapes for a sou


Then entraps her children
with legends untrue."


I beg you


Discover this country.


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