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Laura Nyro American Dove Lyrics

Last updated: 06/23/2008 11:00:00 AM

AMERICAN DOVE

Mama, when the moon is done
I walk on by the risin’ sun
Wishin’ all my dreams for every one

It’s been a long time comin’ I mean love
Spread your wings and fly American dove

Fifteen and he’s seen such bad around
The worse thing when they told him
God was money he broke down
He went wild
He is my (the) universal child

It’s been a long time comin’ I mean love
Spread your wings and fly American dove

Mama - you ask – Am I alright?
Well sure, but Johnnie he (ain’t) come home from war
Don’t they honor life no more?

It’s been a long time comin’ I mean love
Spread your wings and fly American dove.

Father, ooh I hear them
They’re talkin’ in the streets thru the grapevine
Guess I’ll go down to meet them
Father I’ll never sell my soul
Not this soul of mine

Father it’s been a long time comin’ I mean love
Spread your wings and fly American dove

Pure as the risin’ sun
Tell them the young lord’s come (gone)
To bring liberty to every one

Spread your wings
Come on. Spread your wings and fly

Thanks to Ralph Bruno for submitting American Dove Lyrics.



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A love song to her future husband | Reviewer: Ralph Bruno | 6/20/2008

"American Dove" was an origianl work by Laura. She introduced the song in live concert at the Fillmore East on May 30, 1971. According to the liner notes for the CD "SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND FLY," Laura opened the concert with "Amercian Dove" before a capacity house. (Loew's Commodore - seating 2600)
Laura made it clear as to what this song was about. "It's been a long time comin' I mean love." It is significant that as she was to marry in late 1971, the song was variously addressed to "Mama" and "Father." In the several verses addressed to her parents, she emphasized to each of them that "it's been a long time comin I mean love."
Michele Kort, in her biography, "Soul Picnic" corroborates : that David Bianchini was Laura's fiance'; that he was a decorated Vietnam War Veteran; and that they would marry near the end of 1971. Vicki Wickham, the manager of Labelle verified , that at this time "David was around."
The lyric "...but Johnny (ain't) come home from war" identifies her love object as a soldier.
The final stanza exhorted the listener to "tell them the young lord's come (gone) to bring liberty to every one..."
"American Dove" was a love song honoring her future husband. Apart from the live concert and the 2004, CD "SPREAD YOUR WINGS AND FLY," the song was neither perfomred nor recorded again.