American Dream

I was just thinking today am I now or will I be living the American dream? Is there still an American dream left? The words in the song about having no money but being able to go out if both of them pay is I guess the way things are in reality. I have to think about budgeting every day and I try to do what I can to join all kinds of programs on sites I write for that offer me some kind of income.

So this song “American Dream” came to my mind by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as I sit here watching the palm trees outside my door waving in the tropical breeze. The song was written by Rodney Crowell who recorded it as “Viola, An American Dream in 1978. It was then picked up and recorded as “American Dream” by country-rock music band Nitty Gritty Dirt Band who also goes by the name The Dirt Band.

Their version was released in 1979 and charted on both Billboard Hot Country Singles and on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The song features a backing vocal from Linda Ronstadt. What is interesting that later this song was actually adapted into Norwegian titled “Ein Nordmann Sin Draum” by Olav Stedje.


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  1. Billy Joel wrote a song Allentown, about Allentown PA. in that song he had a line “to get as good as their old man got.”

    that was the American dream. It isn’t something that is possible today I think. Some do, some are able to do more.

    But the reality now i nope is the American Dream has become instead “being happy.”


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