(Nori Kelley)

Living in America, the land of the free
Disney and McD's - a land of prosperity
TV dinners, game show winners, state lottery
Gimme what I want because it's all about me
Everything I want is right here at my Superstore
And when I use it up I just go back and get some more

Crullers and eclairs, I never cease to be amazed
Oh, wow, "Hot Now" - let's get a dozen glazed!
I eat a big breakfast just to get me on my way
I need a bigger lunch just to get me through the day
An afternoon pick-me-up before my main meal
A huge dinner with dessert just to seal the deal

Chinese buffets, Ryan's and The Golden Corral
Not interested in counting carbs & fat grams & cals
Don't lecture me on exercise, 'cause I do a smidge
I'm going from the sofa all the way to the fridge
Sizes getting bigger, extra large ain't enough
XXXXL - hey, there's just more to love

God bless America, the land of the free
I order everything through internet and TV
It's getting where I'm having trouble walking 'cross the floor
But it's ok, I've got remotes, my wife goes to the store
I'm stuck at home, so you'll just have to come to where I'm at
I can't get though the door 'cause I think I'm getting fat

2013 Nori & Barbie Kelley
Published by Count The Cost Publishing / BMI.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

While living in Japan, I was always thinking about the various American foods that I couldn't eat there, especially from specific restaurants in the states. We were very blessed to have had friends in the U.S. military who were stationed at Yokosuka Navy Base, which was somewhat nearby. On occasion, we were invited on base as their guests where we (I) could stuff ourselves with Taco Bell, Long John Silver's, A & W, Popeye's, and other healthy choices.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Japanese food, having been raised on rice & seaweed (nori) since I was a baby. I spent 5 wonderful years of my childhood in Japan as the son of a career Air Force man & a precious woman from the Fukuoka prefecture in Kyushu, where I was born as well. I've spent another 4 years there as an adult, living in the culture as a missionary. The taste of Japanese food is unique - unlike any other in the world as far as I know...it's just not American food.

Having lost some weight in Japan due to healthier eating habits, I started thinking about what would happen when we return to the U.S. - the fried foods, the carbs, the PIES! Then I stared thinking about the state of America in general - how the Land of Plenty has turned into the Land of Excess - and viola, out came this song.

If you happen to be overweight, please don't take this personally...this song is about me on one level, and about this great land of ours on another. =)

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