Bootstrap Nation

from by Tracy Manuel

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Well, you woke up in a fever
When you was just a kid
Brought you down to the floor, oh lord
And you ain’t ever been up since
But now you gotta, gotta, gotta find you
Something that can pull you through
Cause this is a bootstrap nation —
Ain’t nobody pulling for you

Well, your mama was the corporation
Your daddy loved her through and through
Your daddy, he was blind ambition
Your mama told him what to do
Then one day they sat you down
And they taught you everything they knew
That this is a bootstrap nation —
Ain’t nobody pulling for you

Well, your name’s the only thing they gave you
Before they wrapped you up in fear
And prayed it’d be enough to save you
Before they handed you away down here

‘Cause you were born when the sky was torn
Ain’t ever seen it back to blue
And the world don’t fit between your shoulder blades
Even if you would’ve wanted it to
When those doors swing wide, every woman and child
And man had better know what to do
‘Cause this is a bootstrap nation —
Ain’t nobody pulling for you

‘Cause this is a bootstrap nation —
Ain’t nobody pulling for you

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from Purgatory, CA, released September 25, 2018

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Tracy Manuel Winters, California

Tracy Manuel is a percussionist, guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Born and raised in Far NorCal, she chronicles contemporary rural life in her music, borrowing evenly from plaintive acoustic songcraft and experimental electric knob-twiddling. Her 2018 album, Purgatory, CA, is an unflinching song cycle bearing witness to small-town disaster, from the personal to the political to the ecological. ... more

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