"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.

Date: 2001Composer: Jake HeggieText: Maya AngelouSong Collection: A Great Hope Fell: Songs From Civil War

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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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