A/N: The song and title were both somewhat inspired by the book (play) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. There's a quote in that book that I absolutely adore: "A drowning man takes down those nearest." So the title spawned from that. Yeah. I really liked the book, too, so I encourage anyone who has not done so to read it. Merry early Christmas, best holiday wishes from cheery Minnesota! :D
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Drowning

Content to work your whole life
For a dream of disappointment
You're always so worried about the future
That you don't enjoy the present
Always wanting what you don't have
No time to enjoy what you do.

Your white picket fence is shattered on your perfect lawn
Rubble and ashes lie in place of a spotless home
Whatever happened to your American dream?
Life and liberty, pursuing happiness
While your wife pursues some other guy
Oh, whatever happened to your American dream?

And your kids don't come home for days
And nobody else is looking
Your wife drinks herself away while you're at work
But you never take time to listen
You never realised what you had 'til it was gone
All you've worked for lies in pieces.

Your white picket fence is shattered on your perfect lawn
Rubble and ashes lie in place of a spotless home
Whatever happened to your American dream?
Life and liberty, pursuing happiness
While your wife pursues some other guy
Oh, whatever happened to your American dream?

And if it falls apart now...
If you can't hold on much longer...
If everything breaks in your hands...
Can you piece it back together?
Or do they not teach that in college?
Oh, what do you do with a dream you've broken?

That white picket fence, shattered on the perfect lawn
Rubble and ashes burn in place of your spotless home
Burning what's left of your American dream
Life and liberty, chase away happiness
While your wife chases some better guy
Breaking what's left of your American dream.
Oh, whatever happened to your American dream?