O' Patriotic Me!
by, 07-14-2011 at 01:45 PM (825 Views)
I spent the 4th of July on the shore of the great Gitche Gumee with family, friends, fireworks, a cold north wind, cheap American beer, new kayaks, a pan of room-temperature lasagne, plenty of bug spray, and a copy of Leaves of Grass.
We lit fireworks from the beach, drank too much, and talked loud. Got me feelin' the love for Americ-y. So I thought about the best patriotic songs of all time and I came up with a "best-of" list of 'em.
NOTE: This list is definitive and NOT just some guy's "opinion". It's my opinion and, therefore, universal and true. So spare the politics and share the love, O' patriotic love!
#3: You want somethin' sung right? Then give the tune to Ray. America the Beautiful .
#2 This Land is Your Land -- amazing song by Woody Guthrie about the best and worst of America. And anyone who sings truly can't whistle past the drunk behind the courthouse, so to speak. While Woody's version is good, I prefer Springsteen's. (Springsteen's lead "talk" is amazing too).
#1 It's terrible way too often -- glossy-brained nitwits singing to shallow-souled slobs. It's almost like we try to turn the sublime in to kitsch. But when you have a simple & unadorned three-part harmony singing The Star-Spangled Banner it makes a grown American man cry.