A cover of The Star Spangled Man With A Plan from Captain America. I’ve altered the lyrics but I still think of it as a cover with a different take on the song.
This was inspired by the wonderful fic “Avengers: A Partial Dictionary of the 21st Century" by sam_storyteller.
Best summed up by this quote from the fic:
"Steve stares at her, because that’s the song. But it’s slow, and sad, and not all the lyrics are the same — because the song was about him but more about this mythical hero who would do it all, and —
She’s left out the line. The song was always just a lot of questions about who will fight for America or save America or give his all in battle, but in the original, there was an answer: The Star Spangled Man.
And she’s left the answer out. So it’s not an anthem to raise money for a war or get enlistment numbers up. It’s a cry out for help. Who’ll rise and fall, give their all for America?”
For me my take on the song became very much about the struggle for gay rights, which is happening of course not only in America, but for me America’s policy about freedom has always struck me as particularly ironic in the face of the gay rights movement. I’m not American myself, so in a way this song is another in-character piece, but they are subjects that I feel strongly about; the diminishing integrity of a nation and the gay rights movement.
Who’s strong and brave here to save the American Way?
Who vows to fight all they can for what’s right, night and day?
Who will campaign door to door for America?
Carry the flag shore to shore for America?
Who’s there to offer a hand?
Who won’t ignore that there’s still many more to set free?
Who will rewind us, remind us of integrity?
Who will indeed lead the call for America?
Who’ll rise or fall, give their all, for America?
Who’s here to prove that we can?
Who’ll speak for those who can’t say
Are we so sure that freedom is still the American Way?
Who’s there to fight for our rights, for our hope and our hearts?
Who’s here to save us and make us more than separate parts?
Who’ll make up for what we lack in America?
Is there a thing such as Captain America?
Who’ll finish what they began?
Who’ll speak up and make a stand?
Where’s the Star Spangled Man with a Plan?
(Who’s strong and brave here to save the American way?)