Tom Cochrane - Calling America Lyrics




I dreamt I was a refugee
Who lived outside of town
My family in a barria shack
Battered and run down

We had a friend from America
Helped out, we took him in
Like my brother he disappeared
They said he was with him

There we were far out at sea
Somehow we got lost
Then we landed hard on shore
There upon the rocks
While celebration shook the air
We turned to hear some shots
There's ones that have been here far too long
We think they've lost the plot

Here I go again
Leaving things out while I'm leaving things in
Where, where should I begin
Feeling so full or feeling so thin

Calling America
Man I know you're out there
Sisters are you breathing

Calling America
This thing they call America
It really is a dream

Then I stood face to face
With a girl that I once knew
She was dressed in gingham there
In colors red, white and blue
The more I spoke, the less she heard
And then she slipped away
I just stood there sinking
Far beneath the waves

Here we go again
Leaving things out while we're leaving things in
Where, where should we begin
Feeling so full or feeling so thin

Calling America
Man I know you're out there
Can't you hear me calling

Calling America
Sister are you out there
Can't you feel me dreaming

Calling America
This thing they call America
Really what does it mean

Calling America
This thing they call America
It really is a dream

Here we go again
Leaving things out while we're leaving things in
Where, where should we begin
Feeling so full or feeling so thin

Calling America
Man I know you're out there
Sister are you breathing

Calling America
This thing they call America
It really is a dream

Calling America
Sister are you out there
Can't you feel me breathing

Calling America
Sister are you out there
Can't you feel me breathing

Calling America
This thing they call America
Really what does it mean





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  1. Scrapyards'n'beer

    Lolol song about 'merica written by a Canadian, then reading the coment section uzzing with misdirected patriotism over a singer who doesn't even embody the emblematic pinacle of their nationality. Haha!

  2. Rocker5593

    hows this if we consider that Canada is doing only minimally better by a hair under French teacher/snowboard instructor Turd-eau then it was under that conservative cowboy with the nose and the US has fallen into nightmare disaster at the haunted circus status run by an orange real estate clown with a wig then we're actually pretty even at the moment LOL!!!

  3. nick pelentsov

    Take a hike you lefty socialist.. I'm Canadian it's turning to crap... American is always a great..

  4. RetroBlue

    i dont think i would be wanting to call america after these elections...

    Steve Nichols

    We wouldn't accept your call.

  5. 9orky

    Jimi Jamison's version is a lot better than the original one ;-)

  6. Geoff Edwards

    This is a great Tom Cochrane song.

  7. Doug Adam

    I am an American. I am ready too serve.

  8. turfturbo

    @cletortain My family always believed laughter was the best medicine. Maybe why so any of us died of tubular sclerosis.

  9. dustinwm94

    @wesleync if you like his songs how could you speel his name cochran instead of cochrane

    tyme4mike

    And how can you "spell" the word "spell" as "speel"?

  10. baddad59

    @Remington722 ..I didn't miss any point.The point is that if you live in this country then you or an ancestor was an immigrant to this country at one time or another.After a few generations we have forgotten that we are no better than those that are still immigrating here.We lost the plot.

  11. hunkahillbilly

    @cletortain You ban a epic tune on your airwaves like "Money for Nothing" and then you think America has problems?

    At least America has a way...Canada has yet to figure out their own way depending entirely on America's good graces.

    Red Rider Rocks. If America has lost it's way, it's because the influence of leftists.

  12. baddad59

    @Remington722 ...No problem..I have read the comments also and it is sad that people don't get it..One of my favorite Tom Cochran/Red Rider songs for that reason..

  13. baddad59

    @Remington722 ...My son and i made the slideshow..and no we didn't miss the point at all,but i am glad you got it..:;-)

  14. GlebeDude

    Tom Cochrane means the world to me. A song for all seasons, underlying meaning, always sadness. Even the happy ones are sad.

  15. baddad59

    @totallytempo ..Every place has it's own beauty and uniqueness that makes an area special..

  16. totallytempo

    @baddad59 Nice. I have never been to NFLD, but have driven accorss every province except for Quebec. I have only been to Montreal there. In the US I went to Washington state, Washington DC, California, Hawaii, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Gonna go to Upstate New York next!

  17. baddad59

    @atrickpay11 ..Grow up and give me your opinion after you have some life experience outside of your mommys basement..Until then you are just another mouthy punk that knows nothing..CYA

  18. baddad59

    @atrickpay11 You are a fool..lololol

  19. baddad59

    @atrickpay11 ...No..I am an American veteran....Are you ?

  20. baddad59

    @atrickpay11 ..LOL..That is all people like yopurself do..Complain and whine..Try getting off your fat ass once in a while and doing something for this country instead of constantly complaining about it..You sound like some little girl !!

  21. baddad59

    @atrickpay11 ....That is all people like you do ..Complain,whine..Try getting off your fat ass and doing something for this country instaed of complaining like some little skirt !

  22. baddad59

    @totallytempo ..The same holds true for us..We are family and have differences,but you are our largest trading partner..LOve you guys,and love your country..
    Have travelled from B.C..To Newfoundland...Probably more than most Canadians..:-)

  23. baddad59

    @piperzulu ...Grow up..We are neighbors,very good ones at that..The longest unprotected border in the entire world should speak volumns about our relationship..

  24. baddad59

    @atrickpay11 ..It's called democracy,sometimes your side loses..Vote in all elections,campaign for your candidate and become part of the process..then quit whining.

  25. baddad59

    @cletortain ..Thanks..Good friends and great neighbors..

  26. baddad59

    @KartarNighthawk ...LOL..Yes..Facism,communisn,and other assorted ism's ...lol..Its a friggin song for Christ sakes..And a damned good one..Glad you enjoyed it.:-)

  27. KartarNighthawk

    Dear god, this comment page sounds like my political science class this year: all these smug, pretentious kids ranting about how the system is broken, democracy doesn't work (or my personal favourite, is tyrannical) and the majority is oppressing the minority. And then none of them recommend a way to deal with it. Sorry that it happened on your vid. Anyway, nice slideshow, and thanks for uplloading. Love Tom Chocrane and there's not enough of him on YouTube.

  28. DrLangMusic

    This a seriously awesome Red Rider tune! Dig It!

  29. Blaire Ronzel

    We are a diseased place right now....

    Gwen Payne

    Blaire Ronzel Then it's quite clear we are in our last stages of the horrible disease 😞😖😞😖

  30. piperzulu

    i realize this, it isn't a good thing though. Besides when it comes right down to it, the USA takes it's orders from the same place we do. We are debt slaves to the monarchy of great britain.

  31. totallytempo

    @piperzulu This country is integrated North South...rather than east west. There is only 2 lanes of blacktop and one railway track that connect western canada to ontario.

  32. totallytempo

    @piperzulu

    Frankly the Canadians you know are idiots then. It is not necessary to like everything the US does, and yeah the US has gone against our interests on some issues such as the softwood lumber dispute. That being said, Canada is similar to Russia, that is vast and sparsely populated. Wether you like it or not, this country is today almost completely dependent on the US for about 70-80% of our trade.

  33. piperzulu

    dewher first you speak like americans owning lots of Canada is a good thing. Secondly, you talk as if cancelling your cable subscription would kill you. Remember 1812. WE are not Americans!

  34. piperzulu

    uh, i wasn't slandering people, i was slandering americans :)
    really i was providing a counterpoint to the image all canadians love the usa. Frankly i know way, way, way, more canadians who loathe the states, then even like them. And i've lived from one coast to the other in almost every province. Cleto you like the americans so much why not slap their flag on your back when you travel.

  35. piperzulu

    Testify! atrick, cleto there thinks himself politically savvy. Democracy is a control system. "a government of the people" - don't make me laugh.

  36. totallytempo

    Yeah, without america we would have been left to the russians buddy!!!

    I hate canadians who are as ignorant as yourself.

  37. piperzulu

    From Canada : Calling America; wake up and get a clue. Thanks for absolutely nothing, except Tom Petty, he's awesome. Mind your own damn business "america"

  38. totallytempo

    America is and has been a beacon of hope for many in the world. God Bless America!!

  39. rosie21114

    Oh, I see...these problems started 8 years ago. No, these issues started back in the late 70's in Iran, bombing of the Marine barracks in 1980, 80's through the 90's= bombing of the Berlin disco, the brutal murder of the navy seal on board an airplane, 1st bombing of the Trade Center, the Murder on the Battleship Cole, and bombing of the US embassy in africa. So, we are suppose to roll over, Who the hell cares about what the europeans think and say about the us.

  40. baddad59

    Looked around the last eight years?See what our country and the world is going though ?We have a lot to do with the way things are now...now lets see if we can clean this up...If we are big enough to claim the fame then we got to be big enough to take some blame.

  41. chuck findlay

    yep blame America for the world's problem even though most countries can't solve thier own problems and filer it out to the rest of the world, and quess who cleans up the mess the good ol red, white,and blue USA.

  42. david wright

    jesus christ lighten up!one of many great cochrane albums

  43. emutiny

    who else will?

  44. wesleync

    This is one of my favourite Tom Cochran songs.