National DNA

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Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump...We started writing “National DNA” in 1978 and finished in 2016...analog tube television, landlines, digital, personal computer, midi, 8 bit, 16, 32, 64, Moore's Law, IRC, social media...Tech turned media ecology inside out, the “Puzzle Palace” morphed into the National Security State...Iran Hostage, Delta Force, Desert One, Iran-Contra, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda, Balkans, 9-1-1, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria...What began as a song about a pervasive and promiscuous media culture shaping national identity ended as a song about a pervasive and pernicious surveillance culture supplanting national identity...

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National DNA

Coast to coast,
Across the 'waves,
Every broadcast imprints
The National DNA.

Border to border,
Edge to edge to edge,
Every broadcast imprints
The Exceptional American.

Why can't you control your impulse?
Your mother said your father said.
That control is so long gone,
No text to say the subtext wrote the impulse wrong.

So you turn TV on
And find yourself another frame.
Maybe it's a dog whistle,
Maybe it's some alt.right game.
Or maybe it's a drone feed,
Erasing more humanity.

Blade to blade,
Across the strands,
Streaming real and imagined
American homelands.

Intercept to intercept,
Link to link to link,
Compliant metadata
For who we see and how we think.

So you put your white hat on
And the world opens up to you.
Built out ready for inception,
Tipping over to inflection,
Merging into your reflection,
The Exceptional American



credits

from New York's Calling, released January 5, 2017
Peter Wyrd: Vocals
Brian Wyrd: Guitar
Johnny Wyrd: Bass
Jacky Wyrd: Drums
"National DNA" Mitchell & Wolfe
Recorded by Michael Arafeh at The Coffeehouse, Middletown CT, Produced by Michael Arafeh

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The Wyrd Brothers New Haven, Connecticut

In this age of overproduced shiny pop confections, "New York's Calling," is a bitter, yet necessary pill to swallow, and a raw and ragged testimony to the power of real rock and roll.

- Tom Guerra - Songwriter/Guitarist/Contributing Writer for Vintage Guitar Magazine.
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