Casting Crowns: American Dream

Mt Rushmore in Miniland


Taking a boat ride with my husband and grandson through Miniland at Legoland, I came upon a replica  of Mt. Rushmore and started thinking about our beautiful country that I love. Reflecting on all the patriotic posts I've done in the past, I started hearing a new song, a different tune in my mind. Are you familiar with the group Casting Crowns and their song American Dream?

I love Casting Crowns and I think they're an awesome band. Have a listen on YouTube.
Keep family first and Happy 4th to all!



Chord Chart to American Dream
Music Source Ultimate Guitar


Intro 
D               Bm                         D
All work no play may have made Jack a dull boy
                Bm                            D      
But all work no God has left Jack with a lost soul
               D
But he's moving on full steam
Bm                               D
He's chasing the American dream
                              Bm            
And he's gonna give his family finer things


D...Bm...x2

verse 1
D             Bm                           D
Not this time son I've no time to waste
          Bm                             D
Maybe Tomorrow we'll have time to play 
                       Bm             D
And then he slips into his new BMW
                          Bm                       E
And drives farther and farther and farther away

Pre-chorus 1
E                     G                          D
'Cause  he works all day and tries to sleep at night 
E                             G                D
He says things will get better; better in time

Chorus 
D                  Gm                   Bm          
'Cause he works and he builds with his own two hands
D            Gm               Bm                  
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand 
D             Gm             Bm             
But the wind and the rain are comin' crashing in 
D             Gm                          D      D Bm Gm
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands
               D Bm Gm
His kingdom stands

Verse 2
D                   Bm
His American dream is begining to seem 
D                             Bm
More and More like a nightmare
                       D
with every passing day
                                 Bm
"Daddy, can you come to my game?" 
                                   D
"Oh Baby, please don't work late."
                         Bm
Another wasted weekend
                           E
And they are slipping away
Pre-Chorus 2
E                     G                          D
'Cause he works all day and lies awake at night 
E                             G                
He tells them  things will get better
                                    D
It'll just take a little more time

Chorus

Verse 3
D                              Bm          
He used to say, "Who ever died with the most toys wins."
D                         Bm
But if he loses his soul, what has he gained in the end
D
I'll take a shack on a rock 
Bm                        E
Over a castle in the sand


Pre-chorus 3
E                     G                          D
Now he works all day and cries alone at night 
E                             G                
It's not getting any better 

Looks like he's running out of time

Chorus

Outro 
D
All they really wanted was you
D
All they really wanted was you
D
All they really wanted was you



How To Play: American Dream
Casting Crowns for Easy Piano

I play this song in the Key of D, 4/4 time signature, moderately slow.
Here are the chords I use.

Intro 
D5               Bm                         D5
All work no play may have made Jack a dull boy
                Bm                            D5      
But all work no God has left Jack with a lost soul
                         Bm
But he's moving on full steam
                          D5
He's chasing the American dream
                              Bm            
And he's gonna give his family finer things


D5...Bm...x2

verse 1
D5             Bm                    D5
Not this time son I've no time to waste
          Bm                         D5
Maybe Tomorrow we'll have time to play 
                       Bm        D5
And then he slips into his new BMW
                          Bm                E5
And drives farther and farther and farther away

Pre-chorus 1
E5                     G5                          D5
'Cause  he works all day and tries to sleep at night 
E5                        D/F#     Gsus2                
He says things will get better; better in time

Chorus 
D5                G5       B5          G5
'Cause he works and he builds with his own two hands
D5            G5               B5           G5       
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand 
B5        D5     G5                          
But the wind and the rain are comin' crashing in 
B5         D5    G5                          D5   Bm 
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands
            D5 Bm G5
His kingdom stands

Verse 2
D5                   Bm
His American dream is begining to seem 
D5                         Bm
More and More like a nightmare
                       D5
with every passing day
                                 Bm
"Daddy, can you come to my game?" 
                                   D5
"Oh Baby, please don't work late."
                         Bm
Another wasted weekend
                           E5
And they are slipping away
Pre-Chorus 2
E5                     G5                   D5
'Cause he works all day and lies awake at night 
E5                             D/F#                
He tells them  things will get better
Gsus2                           D5
It'll just take a little more time

Chorus

Verse 3
D (add4)                            Gmaj7/B          
He used to say, "Who ever died with the most toys wins."
D (add4)              Gmaj7/B          
But if he loses his soul, what has he gained in the end
D(add4)
I'll take a shack on a rock 
Gmaj7/B                    E5
Over a castle in the sand


Pre-chorus 3
E5                D/F#     G5           D5
Now he works all day and cries alone at night 
E5                             G                
It's not getting any better 

Looks like he's running out of time

Chorus

D5 G5 B5 A5 2 times

Outro 
D(add4)
All they really wanted was you
D
All they really wanted was you
D
All they really wanted was you


Who Am I (Piano/Vocal/Chords, Sheet Music)

Let's take a look at these slash chords and how you play their inversions.

L.H. / R.H.

D5 = DA/ D

Bm = BF#/ F#

D5 = DA/ F#

Bm = BF#/ DF#

D5 = D/AD

Bm = B/ADEF#

D5 = DD/ADF#

E5 = EB/BE

G5 = GD/D

D/F# = F#D/ AD

Gsus2 = GD/ GAD

D5 = DAD/ A

G5 = GDG/ A

B5 = BF#/ A

G5 = GDG/ A

Bm = B/ F#A

Bm/D = BB/ADEF#

D5 = DD/ ADF#

D (add4) = D/DF#EA

Gmaj7/B = BF#/ F#

D5 = DAD/ EE

G5 = GDG/ EE

B5 = BF#B/ DD

A5 = AEA/DD

D (add4) = DAD/ AD

D (add4) = DAD/ GADF#

If you missed some of my previous posts over the years regarding Patriotic Songs, etc... Here are a few you can visit at your leisure:

Patriotic Songs



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