Brian McNulty

Brian McNulty

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Country - Contemporary | Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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Member Since: 2006
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Story Behind the Song

I was watching the news one night and heard a blurb about how the failing economy was impacting animal shelters. The shelters were deluged with many more dogs being left at the shelters by their owners. The story explained that with all the job losses and home foreclosures, people were forced to move into apartments that didn't allow pets. My reaction was WOW. And the seed for this song was planted.

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Broadjam Member Reviews

The vocal is deep and strong. Reminds me of Rodney Atkins/ Scotty Mcreery... Love the message... Nice hook.. Nice job!

    - Julia Schmidt

GREAT SONG--should be on country radio!--i love it!--thanxs--joe

    - NashvilleJoe

Lyrics & Music Composed by Brian McNulty. Copyright by Brian McNulty. All rights reserved.

I remember the days when I was so young.
All I had to do was play in that summer sun.
Mom stayed at home while our dad went to work.
One paycheck was more than enough.
Working real hard would get you ahead,
And basically life was real good.

Tell me where we lost the American Dream.
Things are so much harder now than they should be.
Hard-working people are losing their jobs and their homes.
As they have to drop their dog off at the pound,
They wonder-- where did we lose the American Dream.

Please don't think that I'm complaining.
I know I'm luckier than some,
Even if my job don't pay like it used to.
I am thankful we can pay both of the mortgages & bills
And are able to put food on the table.
But after that is done,
There isn't much left for fun,
And it pains me to say
I cannot always
Give my kids what they need.

CHORUS. . . ....... Tell me,


Well you can call me an American dreamer,
And that I well may be,
Because I still believe
That we will all redeem
The American Dream.

Song Length
Country - Contemporary, Folk - Americana
Tempo / Feel
Fast (151 - 170)
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moving, Troubled

Subject Matter
Economics, Frustration

Similar Artists
Toby Keith, Blake Shelton
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Brian McNulty
Music Credits Brian McNulty
Producer Credits Stacy Hogan (
Publisher Credits Brian McNulty Music Publishing Company
Performance Credits Michael Lusk, Brian McNulty & Friends
Label Credits McB's Records