MC5 – The American Ruse

• “The American Ruse” brilliantly synced to a TV performance on “The Lively Spot”. Thanks to SINGING FOOLS VIDEO.

8.0 “Fantastic Proto-Punk from the USA”

From their second album “Back in the USA” (Atlantic SD-8247) released in 1970.

So I’ve now collected all three MC5 albums and my long-held view that they’re nowt special is confirmed; way too much bluster and flab. Still, they have occasional moments which resonate, and their second LP is best of the three, with at least two good tracks on-board; “The American Ruse” and “The Human Being Lawnmower”, both of which are asking questions of the American dream.

The American Ruse” is especially fantastic – their best track in my opinion. It’s a crisp and sharp attack musically and lyrically. The land of the free? Yeah right. They can smell the bull. There’s got to be more to life than taking up arms for Uncle Sam or slaving like a dog for the man…

They told you in school about freedom
But when you try to be free they never let ya
They said “it’s easy, nothing to it”
And now the army’s out to get ya
’69 America in terminal stasis
The air’s so thick it’s like drowning in molasses
I’m sick and tired of paying these dues
And I’m finally getting hip to the American ruse

I learned to say the pledge of allegiance
Before they beat me bloody down at the station
They haven’t got a word out of me since
I got a billion years probation

’69 America in terminal stasis
The air’s so thick it’s like drowning in molasses
I’m sick and tired of paying these dues
And I’m sick to my guts of the American ruse
Phony stars, oh no! crummy cars, oh no!
Cheap guitars, oh no! Joe’s primitive bar… nah!

Rock’em back, Sonic!

The way they pull you over it’s suspicious
Yeah, for something that just ain’t your fault
If you complain they’re gonna get vicious
Kick in your teeth and charge you with assault
Yeah, but I can see the chickens coming home to roost
Young people everywhere are gonna cook their goose
Lots of kids are working to get rid of these blues
Cause everybody’s sick of the American ruse

Well well well, take a look around!
Well well well, take a look around!
Well well well, take a look around!
Well well well, take a look around!
Well well well, take a look around!

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