An American Man

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lyrics

Bring the shovels and the torches too
Bring a box to put him into
And bring the conscience of this Resurrection Man
I'm off to find an American Man

Twigs are snappin' and the foxes are a-howlin'
The moon is lost and the dark is all around in
This forest as we dig as quiet as we can
And uncover the bones of an American Man

Poor Tom Paine
Here he lies
Nobody cries
Where he's gone
How he fares
Nobody cares

At the Custom House in Liverpool, I'll explain
The mortal remains of the immortal Thomas Paine
And I'll recall the way it all began
The dream of a home for this American Man

In a superstitious country ruled by priests and kings
Where reason's driven out by flapping angel's wings
Did you think we'd see the end of your master plan
Breaking the chains of the American

Poor Tom Paine
Here he lies
Nobody cries
Where he's gone
How he fares
Nobody cares

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from Hymns for the Dreadful Night, released August 16, 2011

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