Miss America
by Styx

Album: The Grand Illusion (1977)
  • You were the apple of the public's eye
    As you cut the ribbon at the local mall
    A mirage for both you and us
    How can it be real?
    We love your body in that photograph,
    Your home state sure must be proud
    The queen of the United States,
    Or have you lost your crown

    Well aren't you Miss America
    Don't you Miss America
    Won't you Miss America
    Our love

    Well are you really who we think you are
    Or does that smile seem to wear you down
    Is the girl who you once were screaming to jump out
    And the dream that you must live,
    A disease for which there is no cure
    This roller coaster ride you're on
    Won't stop to let you off

    Well aren't you Miss America
    Don't you Miss America
    Won't you Miss America
    Our love

    Miss America, Miss America, Miss America
    Miss America, Miss America, Miss America

    Well aren't you Miss America
    Don't you Miss America
    Won't you Miss America
    Our love

    Well it's true just take a look
    The cover sometimes makes the book
    And the judges, do they ever ask
    To read between your lines
    And in your cage at the human zoo,
    They all stop to look at you
    Next year, what will you do
    When you have been forgotten

    Well aren't you Miss America
    Don't you Miss America
    Won't you Miss America
    Our love

    Miss America, Miss America, Miss America
    Miss America, Miss America, Miss America
    Miss America, Miss America, Miss America Writer/s: JAMES V. YOUNG
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 8

  • Stukka63 from St. Augustine, Fla.Maybe the greatest lyrics ever written.
  • Veronica from Pleasntville, NjIt lost it's class when it left Atlantic City where it started in 1921
  • Casey Price from Marion, VaTo Rob and Marin, Vanessa Williams didn't win the title of "Miss America" until 1985 this song was written way before that. I was always told the song was about her but that is false.
  • Ronnie from Denton, TxSeems like I heard somewhere that James Young was dating Phyllis George back in the early '70s and she dumped him and he wrote this song. Styx is from Chicago but back then before they got famous they were playing clubs around Dallas for awhile. In 1972 they did a free concert on the North Texas Univ. campus in Denton and I saw them. She was Miss America in 1971 and was going to North Texas at the time or shortly before. These are facts. Whether he was dating her, now I may have just imagined that, can't seem to find anything about it on the net. Seems like I read that somewhere but my memory is getting hazy as I'm a swiftly aging baby boomer and if you can remember the '70s you weren't there.
  • Marin from Orlando, FlRob, This was popular in the late 70's, Vanessa Williams was born around 1960 give or take a year. She does look fabulous though for her age. Speaking of the Penthouse issue, "Oh God, She's Nude", I still remember those pictures and thinking, "wow, she didn't think that one through before she did it... "
  • Rob from Palmyra, Vathis song reminds me of the scandal of vanessa williams the first black miss america. even though it came out probably before she was born!!
  • Allison from A Little Ol' Town In, MiAWESOME SONG!!! The synth at the beginning is awesome. Then when the guitar comes in, you can see why Styx put some influence on metal.

    Lyrics and singing just kick butt
  • Randy from Colerain Twp., Oh This song definitely ROCKS. Unfortunately, there are couple of other songs that JY has done that also rocks, that never had gained recognition...'Southern Woman' and 'Midnight Ride'. And although the guitar riff on 'Half-Penny, Two Penny' is similar to this song, that song also rocks.
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