Here's The Thing About America

Chuck’s ‘Here’s the Thing About America’ resonates with the best songs in the great tradition of social conscience and racial healing. And he has the rich voice and musical chops to deliver it with grace.’

– Rosanne Cash

"Chuck"s song "Here's The Thing About America" is a beautiful, powerful song for our times. It's a moving tune, I hope we all get to hear more from this thoughtful songwriter."

– Buddy Miller

Chuck McDermott: Vocals

Marco Giovino: Drums

Marty Ballou: Upright Bass

Phil Grenadier: Trumpet

LYRICS: Here's The Thing About America

Here’s the thing about America

She’s dirty as she’s clean

She’s as gentle as she’s mean

She’s everything between

Sheer hell and fantasy

 

She’ll take the best of you

And send it off to war

No telling what it’s for

Leave your lover at the door

Or in the vestibule

 

The workin’ man can’t understand

Why his world don’t seem free

 

Here’s the thing about America

if you wield the heavy tool

If you play by all the rules

In the end you feel the fool

When she leaves none for you

 

She’ll sing “equality”

As if she means every word

As if all those cries were heard

As if color lines were blurred

Just don’t sit next to me

 

The workin’ man can’t understand

Why his world don’t seem free

(not one shred of dignity)

 

There’s sin in silence

They say the lone wolf dies

But the pack always survives

We won’t know unless we try

To finally prove it

 

Here’s the thing about America

It’s only ours if we claim it

If we must then let’s reshape it

Lest the young rightfully blame it

On our apathy

 

The workin’ man can’t understand

Why his world don’t seem free

(won’t you take this walk with me)