Only the Sober, the Honest, and Industrious

The English subject moved from the motherland to a land of opportunity, prosperity, and freedom. In this vast, new land he found others like him--foreigners who had left old tyranny behind and came to form their own American identities.

"Kings and Queens" talks about fighting through oppression and darkness in order to achieve a higher sense of being. This connects to the theme in that the American has done just that; after escaping from former cruelties and injustices, he came to form a cultural melting pot with hardworking, honest immigrants just like himself. He has truly lived to see the dichotomy between "Heaven" (the New World, to which settlers are shown sailing in each of the pictures I selected) and "Hell" (the Old World), as mentioned in the song.

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