Allegiance
I drive my SUV out to the mall
And I buy, I buy, I buy it all
When did we become consumers?
We used to be citizens
We used to vote
But now they just tell us to spend

I pledge allegiance with my hand over my heart
Like some Holy Roman soldier armed with my credit card

In my hometown there is but
One lonely courthouse
And there are 26 churches
That want to save my soul

I pledge allegiance to a nation not above
Or even equal to, but under god

Within twenty miles of my home
There are three Wal-Mart Supercenters
With their low, low prices every day
Folks don't seem to realize
That for every little penny they save
There is a price, there is a price
And we all have to pay

We pledge allegiance with our hands over our eyes
Like some Holy American soldiers, an army of credit cards

I'm my biggest critic
I think that you should be yours too
I think you should question 
Everything you're told to do
In the mirror every morning
I don't have to look at you
It's just me
And sometimes it's not so easy

I pledge allegiance to the red, the white, and the blue
And I know you do, too

Mr Rochester
Remember when we met on the island
You with your bright white suits and me with my sugar cane
The tradewinds would come blowing in
They'd bring in the strangest things

Those island nights were humid
The incense was thick in the air 
You'd wrap your arms around me
And say baby, I'll get you out of here

You could be my Mr Rochester
And I could be the crazy lady in your attic
If that's the only way I can have it
I'm gonna take what I can get

It's cold in my new home
The east winds blow and they chill me to the bone
This lonely life of curtains and belfreys
It cannot compare

To the island life I left so long ago
I said baby, won't you get me back there
And if you hear these footsteps on your ceiling
Know that's me, but it's not me leaving

You could be my Mr Rochester
And I could be the crazy lady in your attic
If that's the only way I can have it
I'm gonna take what I can get

Dear reader, don't you know?
Dear reader, can't you see?
He's the only man who knows my true name
He's the only man for me
He's the only man and he's only for me

I could burn this all down
In a fire so big that the Wide Sargasso Sea
Could not douse all the flames
Of my love's true insanity

I guess you're my Mr Rochester
And that makes me the crazy lady in your attic
If that's the only way I can have you
I'm gonna take what I can
I'm gonna take what I can
I'm gonna take what I can get

Christmas In September
The fallen leaves were on the ground
The news came so fast, felt like my head was spinning around
So I picked up the phone and made the call
The same monotone answered us all

Was it what you planned to do? (Did you get everything you wanted?)
Was it all laid out for you? (On that September morning?)
Was it like Christmas in September? (Had you been a good boy that year?)
Do you remember?

I lit a candle for the dead
Got on my knees and prayed for forgiveness instead
It was the first I knew of soil
I believed that blood was thicker than oil

(chorus)

Now the fallen soldiers are on the ground
So many miles from each of their hometowns
A flag is draped across a box
But no body count could ever say how much we've lost

(chorus)

The Best
I think we both already know
This is our final hello
You list the reasons to escape
I say wipe that smile off your face

You gave me 21 days
To make my peace or state my case
Now you're out chasing the sun
I should be the fortunate one

Take this letter off my chest
And wish me the best

I am weak and you are strong
You were right and I was wrong
Now you're where you belong
I am here and you are gone

For all the lovers that I've lost
I will tally up the cost
I will carve it in the tree
For everybody else to see

Take this letter off my chest
And wish me the best

You know it's like you always said
Being here is worse than being dead
There's a flaw in your grand plan
Here is wherever you land

Sell your stuff, sell your car
Follow your favorite star
All the debts that we once owed
They are buried in the snow

Wrap your arms around my chest
And I will wish you the best

The Ballad of David & Jonathan
I remember when I first saw your red hair
You were standing near the temple with my father by the stairs
You were a statue chiseled in concrete
I was just a boy crumbled at your feet

I loved you there and then
I loved you more than all of your men
David, you were my king
David, you were my everything

A mighty warrior slaying the beasts
You slew me every night between the sheets
I could take it, I could make it last
But the prophecy told me what would surely come to pass

I loved you even when
You took the hand of my youngest kin
David, you were my king
David, you were my everything

We were standing in the trees with my trembling knees
You kissed me, I kissed you too
And then you drew your sword and I said Oh my Lord
This is all too good to be true

And I loved you as I loved myself
I loved you more than anybody else
David, it's for you I sing
If you asked me to I would wear your ring

As for history, well it knows your name
But for our love I could not say the same
It's disappearing right there on the page
This passion unconstrained by this ancient age

David, you were my king
David, you were my everything
David, it's for you I sing
David, you were my everything

Faith
copyright George Michael 1987

Good Christians
My aunt is the wife of a Baptist preacher
On Sundays she sings specials to the willing congregation
They sing Hallelujah at the top of their lungs
They're waiting for a salvation that never seems to come

You know what they say about preacher's daughters, I can tell you that it's a fact
My cousins were the very best when it came to being bad
They'd smoke and they'd cuss and they'd spread their legs for whomever they'd choose
There they'd sit on Sunday hung over in the pews

If you're a good christian god will watch over you
If you let Jesus in your heart you can do whatever you want to do

I asked the preacher one Sunday if my friend could join in
He said you better think again, or didn't you notice the color of his skin
He said they've got their own church on the other side of the tracks
He said that god wants it that way, he said here's the facts

If you're a good christian god will watch over you
If you let Jesus in your heart you can do whatever you want to do

One day when I was about thirteen the preacher said these words
If a man should lie with a man for eternity shall he burn
I looked him straight in the eyes and I said you're full of shit
Because god loves even me you fucking hypocrite

If you're a good christian god will watch over you
If you let Jesus in your heart you can do whatever you want to do
But I say if you're a good person god will watch over you 
And if you let love in your heart you can do whoever you want to do

The Other Side of the Rainbow
Everyone knows the screws come off in the second act
The hero will fail and the crowd will gasp at the stunning lack
Of hindsight as he contends there was nothing he could do
Everyone knows how this story ends but you

Everyone follows the bouncing ball and sings along
We've all committed to memory this happy song
It makes us feel all warm but we know it's just a game
The other side of the rainbow is just the same

Everyone knows eventually the truth will out
Honesty pays off in the end without a doubt
Though truth is my choice sometimes it doesn't work
Sometimes the less you know the less it hurts

Everyone knows he'll get the girl in the end
Happily ever after their lives they'll spend
He'll say hi honey I'm home and she'll say how was your day
He'll stop and he'll think, it was just okay

Bastard
I guess I needed to know
I guess my eyes needed to see
I just needed to measure the distance
Between the apple and the tree

So I looked up your number
I drove out to your place
I waited in the shadows
To see your body with my face

It's just a simple equation
Adding up the X's and the Y's
The roadmap of my identity
Still leaves the big question why

Maybe you had your reasons
Maybe I was better off
Without a man who wouldn't love me
One who could not pay the cost
Or one who would not pay the cost

You might say there is some anger
I might say I've got a right
If you stood here in front of me
I would call you a liar

When I came into this world
I was one parent down
My conception was immaculate 
And I wear that like a crown

When I look at my family
Both by blood and by choice
It makes me want to sing out
In my own bastard voice
I own this bastard voice
I own my bastard voice

Grey Gardens
I think that my days at Grey Gardens are limited
I hesitate to tell you all of the things I did
While living alone in my bachelor pad

I think of those nights that were spent mostly by myself
I have to tell you I think that there's no one else
That would reel me in and not throw me back

There were so many men who came before you
I loved each of them for at least an hour or two

My best friend tells me no man, you should not fret
The grass is always greener on the other side of it
I know it's true, 'cause I've seen it, too

It's a long, long road from my heart to your door
It's a heavy load, more than we've ever carried before

I think that you're ready but really more importantly
I think that I'm finally ready to start to see
That settling down could be really sweet

I think that my days at Grey Gardens are limited
I hesitate to give up all of the things I did
As I say good-bye to my bachelor pad