In a time of massive layoffs, record numbers of foreclosures and a banking system in freefall, Robert Perala’s new song, “Whatever Happened to the American Dream” highlights the deterioration of the most sacrosanct ambition of the American people: home ownership and the right to live in freedom and prosperity.
Its melancholic melody and poignantlyrics harken back to a more innocent time, when the “pursuit of happiness” was a never ending dream in the aptly named land of opportunity. The song gently admonishes our financial and governmental leaders who have left the American public disillusioned and dismayed and reminds them that honest, hardworking taxpayers also own this country with the statement, “It’s our world too.”
The song was written as the theme song for a new investigative documentary on predatory lending and the mortgage crisis called "Just Sign Here". In the words of its songwriter, Robert Perala, “Whatever Happened to the American Dream” is meant to be an “inspirational anthem for our times” to remind the American people that the power is still in their own hands.
Robert explains, “We were trying to capture the quintessential anthem of what is currently going on in our country, to capture the feeling of the people, the general consciousness, the frustration over promises that were made and that weren’t necessarily delivered upon. What we are trying to do with this spiritual anthem, is to wake people up, to perhaps soothe their nervous system and to inspire them to take leadership and responsibility for their own home, family and finances. We are being responsible, the hard working American families working 9 to 5 and paying our taxes and we are all being siphoned off, left to the side. So we are saying, “It is our world too!”
The song, "Whatever Happened to the American Dream" is now available for sale on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Shockhound and other popular download sites and the music video is available for viewing on Youtube.