Eisenhower was dead on about the dangers of the Military-Industrial Complex - Thanks to Leo Whitebird for the 1930's National Resonator he loaned to me for this and the other tracks on the album

Fortress Americana

If you’re gonna have walls, I got the ground you should see
And we’ll supply the finest stone – and these heights are all you’ll need
to hold them all away from the mountains ‘round this place
And you be sure that you don’t leave anything you want stranded there outside the gates

And if you’re gonna have walls, you’ll want oil for the moat
So if they try to cross the waters you burn alive anything that floats
And then just to be safe, you dig a well inside from which you drink
And you be sure that you don’t leave anything you want stranded there outside the gates

And if you’re gonna have walls, you’ll want arrows for the siege
These have got expensive venom, a little scratch is all you’ll need
Cause if you’re gonna trust fate, you are better off too fast then too late
And you be sure that you don’t leave anything you want stranded there outside the gates

By now you’ve probably noticed, something’s looking kind of strange
Your life it melts away like ice, and I have not aged a day
I have built you many walls, walls that reach to the sky
I have built you many walls, walls that made these mountains cry

They’ll keep out the danger, they’ll keep out the shame
They’ll keep out the accusations, they’ll keep out the blame
They’ll keep out all the orphans you created during your reign

And now my royal highness, let me help you to your bed
And smile cause no one loves your name
And when you’ve passed away
I will be the king instead.

Ambient Guitar - Ben Durrant
Acoustic/Resonator guitars and Organ - RB