John Wayne – The Hyphen Lyrics

So you be wise in your decision,
And that little line won’t cause division. Being free in mind and soul
Should be our most important goal. A bridge can save you lots of time;
A wall you always have to climb. The Hyphen’s use is up to you. A hyphen is a line that’s small;
It can be a bridge or be a wall. So it seems to me that when a man calls himself
An “Afro-American,” a “Mexican-American,” “Italian-
An “Irish-American,” “Jewish-American,”
What he’s sayin’ is, “I’m a divided American.”
Well, we all came from other places,
Different creeds and different races,
To form a nation…to become as one. Let’s join hands with one another…
For in this land, each man’s your brother. The road to liberty lies true. A crooked cross the Nazis flew,
And the Russian hammer and sickle too–
Time bombs in the lives of Man;
But none of these could ever fan
The flames of hatred faster than
The Hyphen. Yet look at the harm a line has done–
A simple little line, and yet
As divisive as a line can get. Used as a bridge, it can span
All the differences of Man. An American is a special breed,
Whose people came to her in need. Previous Page
Next Page A crooked cross flew overhead
Above twenty million tragic dead–
Among them men from this great nation,
Who died for freedom’s preservation. They came to her that they might find
A world where they’d have peace of mind,
Where men are equal…and something more–
Stand taller than they stood before. JOHN WAYNEThe Hyphen Lyrics
The Hyphen, Webster’s Dictionary defines,
Is a symbol used to divide a compound word or a single
word. If you use The Hyphen as a wall,
You’ll make your life mean…and small. The Russian hammer built a wall
That locks men’s hearts from freedom’s call. United we stand…divided we fall. We’re Americans…and that says it all.