CASTING CROWNS


American Dream Lyrics

All work no play may have made Jack a dull boy
But all work no God has left Jack with a lost soul
But he's moving on full steam
He's chasing the American dream
And he's gonna give his family, the finer things

"Not this time son, I've no time to waste
Maybe tomorrow, we'll have time to play"
And then he slips into his new BMW
And drives farther and farther and farther away

'Cause he works all day and tries to sleep at night
He says things will get better
Better in time

So he works and he builds with his own two hands
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand
But the wind and the rain are comin' crashing in
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands
His kingdom stands

Well this American Dream is beginning to seem
More and more like a nightmare with every passing day
"Daddy, can you come to my game?"
"Oh Baby, please don't work late"
Another wasted weekend and they are slipping away

'Cause he works all day and lies awake at night
He tells them things are getting better
Just take a little more time

So he works and he builds with his own two hands
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand
But the wind and the rain are comin' crashing in
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands
His kingdom stands

He used to say, "Whoever dies with the most toys wins"
But if he loses his soul
What has he gained in the end
I'll take a shack on a rock
Over a castle in the sand

Now he works all day and cries alone at night
It's not getting any better
Looks like he's running out of time

'Cause he worked and he built with his own two hands
And he poured all he had in a castle made with sand
But the wind and the rain are coming crashing in
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands
His kingdom stands

All they really wanted was you
All they really wanted was you
All they really wanted was you

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Songwriter(s): Hector Alonzo Cervantes, John Mark Hall
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Meaning to "American Dream" song text (4 meanings)
idara 06/14/12,18:53
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i love dis song,my favorite line is 'i will take a shack on a rock over a castle in d sand'. We just have to learn what's important and what's not,or we wld just end up wasting precious time dat we dn
WOLF 11/12/11,22:03
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A sad, but meaningful and true song. It can show us what not to do in this resession, but to trust God. If there ever was a tearjerger song, this one is it.
redsoxfan 06/04/10,21:26
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Knowing that material things are essentially worthless in the end is one of the most valuable things anyone could ever learn
BRIA 10/05/09,16:11
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I believe this song can really can speak to a lot of dads out there. Plus it's by my favorite band! :)
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