RETURN TO: COMING TO AMERICA

RETURN TO: SONGS

 
SCENE: After another long day in the mines, Tony Cermak’s father returns home to his family and realizes they must leave the life they know in Bohemia and dare to travel to the New World.
 
LAND ACROSS THE ATLANTIC

 

I have followed, I have lead
I have swallowed what’s been fed
without a hope to adventure a plan with

I have heard and I have read
what has been written, what has been said
oh, the tales that can carry a man with

of the land across the Atlantic
that fabled deep blue sea
they say there are those he can stand with
there are those who believe they are free

of the land across the Atlantic
the Atlantic, though I never have seen
where they say there is blood we can band with
a kin who has done more than dream

and we break Earth, and we break bread
we bend backs and we pull threads
the threads we cover this land with

and we make our lives as we make our beds
what’s in our hearts is in our heads
and they’re heads full of nothing romantic
and they’re hearts full of nothing romantic

but there’s a land across the Atlantic
the Atlantic, that fabled deep blue sea
where they say there are those he can stand with
there are those who believe they are free

there’s a land across the Atlantic
the Atlantic, though I never have seen
where they say there is blood we can band with
a kin who has done more than dream