A few notes for a new national anthem
"Oh, say can you see the holster on me?
I have fed it my vote and the lives of my children."
Too dark. An anthem's got to be, well, not peppy, but you should never use words like "entrails."
In a nation that's abandoned nearly every one of its original promises, there remains the gun, the flag, the anthem, hatred of black people, worship of anything in a uniform and -- always -- the more ignorant aspects of tent-meeting Christianity.
"And the cops all turned tail like their pistols had failed.
Heroes in full reverse. Oh, there is nothing worse.
For our faith's been misplaced, in God's gun-slinging grace."
Naah. An anthem is not supposed to point out the shortcomings of the police. They put their lives on the line every day, ya know. The cops have a damn strong union, too, though you're a communist if you want a union.
"So we'll stock Walmart's shelves like nonunionized elves.
And the presents we stock go to somebody else."