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I Miss America

Harry Chapin

By the time i was thirteen
I started taking shape.
At eighteen i was so beautiful
That the strangers started to gape.
They said "enter the ultimate contest
If you're as gorgeous as you seem."
They said "please, please, please
Be our american dream."
But late that night beneath the grieving moon
There's a dazzling sight in my motel room
For a grunting judge with his bulging eyes
I give my all for his cherished prize.


Oh why, oh why?
I'm miss america
Crying on tv
Silver clad in satin rags,
But everything's where it should be
Oh say can you see, ah say can you see.


After they showed me the game ball
They told me put on weight.
They told me i'd be powerful
They told me i'd be great.
And my uncle sam he would coach me
His helmet on my head
And they said "please, please please, please
Please win and beat the spread."
But the new game plan that the owners had made
Meant that win or lose there would be a trade.
For the team's become a real gold mine
And the kid's sold off for the bottom line.


Oh why, oh why?
Mr. america
Sweating on tv
The winner's joy from the battered boy
For everything's where it should be
Oh say can you see, ah say can you see.


At last we've come together
Call it marriage or civil war.
If it brings us to battle, babe
It must be worth our fighting for.
Though today came up cloudy
There will be other days.
"ah, please, please, please, please
What else is there to say?"
But in plywood spread
By a plastic stream
And in separate beds with a borrowed dream
And with questions wide and the silence deep
We take two pills so at last wec12

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