RETURN TO: COMING TO AMERICA

RETURN TO: SONGS

 
SCENE: Two ‘native’ and cynical guards at New York’s port of immigration examine the new array of ‘ethnic’ souls entering the great and growing collection of America.
 
MELTING POT
 

what’s that on the stove
what’s that in the oven?
well, it’s an American Pie
pushin’ and a shovin’
blown off of the coast
sent here to discover
I think it’s gonna blow
right off it’s cover

a melting pot, you know
of broken hearts and broken homes
a melting pot, it’s never gonna sleep
but what you wanna sow
your gonna have to keep!

Irish on the skirts
always slippin’ whiskey
they hit you where it hurts
right straight through your history
the polacks, the dagos
in the ghetto with the coloreds
the Statue of Liberty…she looks like Mother Hubbard!

look at what we got
a brand new congregation
look at what we got
a brand new situation
it looks like tradition is taking a vacation
open up the shop
a brand new kind of nation!

it’s a melting pot of dreams
of mothers’ cryin’ and babies scremin’
a melting pot in the cities and the streets
you never gonna know who you’re gonna meet!

a melting pot of sticks and stones
of broken hearts and broken homes
a melting pot, it’s never gonna sleep
but what you wanna sow, your gonna have to keep!