Liberty haters... pshyeah, right. I stand by my opinion. This might've sounded understandable made at the height of the Cold War, if a bit too much like Reagan-era saber-rattling prickery. With the Cold War all but over and Iraq curbstomped in Kuwait, the whole "love it or leave it" thing smacks of pointless political dick-waving.
Actually, that makes an interesting question. How come the war on terror led to the appearance of eyeroll-inducing country songs, but not that many people during the Cold War tried recording a song about putting a boot up the Soviet Union's arse?...
Oh God I'm thinking too much again.
NH3Maser, the lyrics were not taken from West Side Story. The lyrics were taken from a piece of writing by Benjamin Franklin.
Metallica's "Don't Tread on Me" is paraphrasing the entire article, which can be read here: http://www.greatseal.com/symbols/rattlesnake.html
Its likely whatever was said in West Side Story was taken from the same source.
I *hope* that this is satire, a pisstake, or just released late. Gah... the jingoistic lyrics may have made some sense during the Cold War, but this came out in August 1991, when Communism already fell in Europe, the Soviet Union was disintegrating and the Gulf War had already ended with a ceasefire. It just sounds out of place/outdated. No wonder James hates it.
This is a pretty weak song by any measure, but I was greatly amused that the intro is the opening phrase of [track artist=West Side Story]America[/track] from the West Side Story musical. 'Cause we all know that there's nothing more metal than musical theater, right?