Rod MacDonaldFor The Good Of America
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A powerfully arresting timely and timeless song of politically historical significance-this song has become one of Rod's 'signature songs'

copyright 2001 Rod MacDonald (Blue Flute Music/ASCAP)
Recorded on 'Recognition' (2003-Wind River Records). Recorded at Mark Dann Studios, New York, NY. Mixed by Mark Dann, Rod MacDonald and Glenn Erwin. Mastered by Sean M. Mormelo. Mark Dann on bass and harmony vocals, Steve Eriksson, acoustic and electric guitars, harmony vocals.

Due to its scope, in the arresting song 'For The Good Of America', Rod twines JFK's assassination by a very questionable marksman, the fabrication of the Tonkin Gulf incident that provided the cachet to begin sending thousands upon thousands of U.S. troops to Vietnam, CIA assistance in the assassination of democratically elected Chilean President Salvador Allende and the resulting murders of uncountable 'leftists', and, finally, the arms-for-hostages deal that resulted in Iran releasing U.S. hostages soon after the election of the late Ronald Reagan.
Have you ever noticed, when you're being disregarded,
there's a singular phrase the politicos say
For the good of the country pretend nothing's happened
Just close your eyes and make it all go away, hear them say

'For the good of America just forget it, cause it's time to move on'
but the truth is, you know it when you hear it
their lips are moving but they're doing you wrong

There was a President popularly elected in the prime of his life gunned down in his car
they blamed it all on some guy who couldn't even shoot
swore in a new President and went off to war, and they said

'For the good of America just forget it, cause it's time to move on'
but the truth is, you know it when you hear it
their lips are moving but they're doing you wrong

There was a ship anchored in a Vietnam harbor
on one summer evening it was blown all to hell
we invaded, lost 40,000 soldiers
years later we found out we blew it up
ourselves, and we said

'For the good of America just forget it, cause it's time to move on'
but the truth is, you know it when you hear it
their lips are moving but they're doing you wrong

Down in Chile a great democracy was ended
by the military takeover of General Pinochet
who murdered thousands of his own countrymen
under the watchful eye of the CIA, and we said

'For the good of America just forget it, cause it's time to move on'
but the truth is, you know it when you hear it
their lips are moving but they're doing you wrong

In Iran they took American hostages and held them prisoner till our election was done
they released them when our new President was sworn in
who sent them 8 billion worth of weapons in return

All my life I've heard people talking about some sinister conspiracy referred to as 'they'
and I wondered who exactly 'they' are
but now I know the answer when I hear them say

'For the good of America just forget it, cause it's time to move on'
but the truth is, you know it when you hear it
their lips are moving but they're doing you wrong

So remember sometime in your future
some pretender will want to be your leader one day
first he'll tell you how all your votes just disappeared
then step up to the microphone and give himself away when he says

'For the good of America just forget it, cause it's time to move on'
but the truth is, you know it when you hear it
their lips are moving but they're doing you wrong



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