American Devil

American devil shouting at me
American devil shouting at you
American devil, it’s the way it’s gonna be
American devil

Lying in bed with a glass of wine
Walls all around to surround the sound
America’s dream is burning down
Then he comes up from the ground

American devil shouting at you
American devil shouting at me
American devil, it’s the way it’s gonna be
American devil

Hypnotized to the TV set
Sit there glued to what’s on next
His hands did another giant fix
Then you turn to channel six

American devil shouting at you
American devil shouting at me
American devil, it’s the way it’s gonna be
American devil… yeah!

The screen has got you in it’s path
It’ll make the future a different past
So you watch your TV cast
And now all the people are staring fast

American devil shouting at you
American devil shouting at me
American devil, it’s the way it’s gonna be
American devil

American devil
Amercian devil

American devil shouting at me
American devil shouting at you
American devil, it’s the way it’s gonna be
American devil

Oh, American devil

Song Notes

This track appears on the very first Ash demo tape Solar Happy which was recorded two weeks after Rick McMurray joined the band at Cosmic Ray’s 8 Track Studio. The band re-recorded the track a few years later for a BBC Radio session at Maida Vale Studios.

Tim: “American Devil” was a great tune, but it was a tune from our first band and the singer Cookie had written the lyrics. It had been our best song in that band but I guess by the time Ash started going we were a bit tired of it. It was my Dad’s favourite song of ours and he was always trying to get us to release it.