Friday, September 10, 2010

Once I Built A Tower, Up To The Sun; Brick And Rivet And Lime

Imagine Dragons - "America"

It's not often you find anything unironic in popular culture now. I can be as snarky as the next guy, but sometimes you yearn for something genuine - some sentiment that doesn't resemble Lucy holding the football. It takes a kind of courage I admire to say things that are not equivocal.

Imagine Dragons suits the day for me. Genuine, inclusive, respectful, fun. They explained themselves with the following, though I'm not sure they needed to. Like America, it's all right there lying around, if you'll just pick it up.

We wrote this song as a reflection of our love and gratitude for this great country and those who keep it free. At a time when there is fear and economic turmoil both here and abroad, we felt as though the best way to honor the fallen and injured who put their lives on the line is to create something positive and uplifting (a rarity in today's media). The song and music video "America" is dedicated particularly to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides support for injured vets - please consider donating to this great cause at

Imagine Dragons

Wounded Warrior Project


spazmo said...

Never heard of this band! Intrigued, I looked up an online interview in which they mention their name "Imagine Dragons" is actually an anagram for something they wouldn't reveal.

My trusty anagram descrambler spit out lots of possibilities, but "Gonad Migraines" is definitely the frontrunner.

Daphne said...

I think I'm going to borrow this one for Saturday night's music selection at my place, I love everything about the sound, sight and sentiment.

The timing is perfect, too.

You find the most wonderful things to share with us.

Mother Effingby said...

Perfect. Thank you.

Rob De Witt said...

They used to tell me I was building a dream,

And so I followed the mob...

When there was Earth to plow or guns to bear,

I was always there,

Right there on the job.

They used to tell me I was building a dream,

Of peace and glory ahead.

Why do I keep standing in line

Just waiting for bread?

Once I built a railroad, made it run,

Made it race against time.

Once I built a railroad; now it's done.

Brother, can you spare a dime?

SippicanCottage said...

Rob got the semi-obscure reference.

H. Gillham said...

"It's not often you find anything unironic in popular culture now."

You had me from this line. Thanks for the commentary --- and the music and video.