A LIFETIME TO PAY

"You know you can buy the American Dream"




Part of the Annotated Horslips Lyrics Pages on comebackhorslips.com

So this is your day - look round you
You've made it at last
The American Way.
You're top of the heap - believe it.
Got a place in the sun.
And you're planning to stay.
It was tough on the street
It was rough down there making ends meet,
Now you're up on your feet
You can live for today.
Just a dollar a day...

And a lifetime to pay.

So this is the life - you dreamed of
Don't worry if it's not as good as it seemed
You've enough on your plate - that's business;
You know you can buy the American Dream.
You've worked for it all,
You had your back to the wall,
Now it's free for all
The American Way
With a dollar a day...
And a lifetime to pay.

And all you ever wanted
Was a place in the sun.
All you ever wanted
Was a place in the sun.


Recorded On:

  1. Aliens
  2. Horslips, The Best of

Annotated Lyrics:

"The American Way"

I may have made an interesting discovery on the keyword thing. As far as I can tell the word 'mirror' is only used twice: HTMSTP "Hall of Mirrors" and SSTT "Unapproved Road". Sort of an alpha and omega word, it would seem...

Just now listening to Ghosts -- which is now linked in my thoughts with David Creedon's current Exhibit -- and there's the line 'ghosts in my looking glass/voices in the hall'

Lee Templeton, Comeback Horslips Guestbook, March 14, 2007


"And a lifetime to pay"

"Figure it out. Work a lifetime to pay off the house. You finally own it and there's nobody to live in it."

Willie Loman Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, 1949



First Posted: October 14, 2007
Last Revised: October 17, 2007