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John Cameron Mitchell, Alynda Segarra - American Sickness

from New American Dream by John Cameron Mitchell and Friends

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i have the american sickness
i’m never satisfied
i wanna buy the experience
i will be denied
always at the window
but never inside
i have the american sickness
i’m feeling endless pain
i have the weight of atrocity
it’s done in my name
i’m not to blame
it’s done in my name

did it come to this
i know for some
shame no longer exists

but i’d
like to reminisce
about a time
when a sin was a kiss
between god and money

i seek total forgiveness
i’ve outlived all my friends
i feel like the final witness
didn’t think i’d last

never thought i’d last in a land
with no future or past

and i don’t care about loyalty
i run and i run from my humanity
an earthquake 
an outbreak
oh what will it take
just to shake me
wake me out of this feverdream

and i long for purity
but nobody comes out clean
baby there’s nowhere left to hide
unless the mob is on your side

and i miss the days of a secret life
someone’s always watching you
watching me

and i should take my own advice
but i no longer believe
in what i was about to say
so i pray

i have the american sickness
i don’t know who i am
i don’t know what afflicts us

behold the man
he’ll do what he can
to finish what we began


from New American Dream, released September 4, 2020
Written and performed by Alynda Segarra and John Cameron Mitchell; violin by Bitch; euphonium by Robbie Cucciaro; bass by Kellen Harrison; orchestrated by Lance Horne; produced by John Cameron Mitchell; mixed by Justin Craig; mastered by Kevin Ratterman


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John Cameron Mitchell & Friends

John Cameron Mitchell is an American writer, director, performer, songwriter. He directed, starred in and wrote w/ Stephen Trask the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. His other films include Shortbus, Rabbit Hole, How To Talk To Girls At Parties.W/ Bryan Weller he created the acclaimed musical podcast series Anthem: Homunculus.He’s currently a cast member of Hulu’s Shrill and CBS’s The Good Fight ... more

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