American Kid

from by Bob Frey

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Sleeping in on Sunday mornings as the neighbors went to church
And, the countdown on the AM radio
I guess I made the confirmation, but, it didn't mean much to me
Just a temporary place I had to go
At the retreat, she was older, but, she was nothing like a Saint
Though, I still remember everything she did
So, Condemn me, or Forsake me, Criticize me, or Embrace me
I was just an American Kid

Drinking beers outside the bars, after closing time was called
We were not ambitious, we had no place else to be
We were young, the Summer long, the cops they were not hard to dodge
And, I played guitar 'neath her sister's balcony
I sang my songs like no one else could, but, I don't think she even cared
Though, my blood dripped off of every word I said
So, Condemn me, or Forsake me, Criticize me, or Embrace me
I was just an American Kid

So, I wandered for a while, left everything I knew behind
Everyone except the Trusted and the True
I cast my fate into the Northern Wind, I did not know where I might land
I took a chance, Babe, but I was counting upon you
If I told you that I always do my best would you believe me?
Or, would you leave me wandering where I stand?
So, Condemn me, or Forsake me, Criticize me, or Embrace me
I am just an American Kid

Even looking backward, Dear, you know the view ain't always clear
Though, it's plain to see I made some big mistakes
If I could do it all again, you know, my Love, I can't pretend
I'd know what to give back and what I'd try to take
But, there ain't nothing black or white, Dear, though there are things worth fighting for
And, if pressed to choose, I can only hope I would
Condemn me, or Forsake me, Criticize me or Embrace me
'Cause I am just an American Kid

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from LongShot Deal, track released January 18, 2017
Bob Frey - guitar, vocals

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Bob Frey Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bob Frey is a longtime devotee to the art of writing and performing songs. His unique and memorable voice immediately engages his audience, the perfect vehicle for his wry, intelligent lyrics.
On each of these albums, Bob shows himself to be a versatile writer, his simple folk melodies forming a sound and solid base for his poetic observations and stories. He is the brother of author James Frey.
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